New Year’s Eve in Berlin: the city transforms into party-central come New Year’s Eve

The capital city of Germany celebrates New Year’s Eve like no other – not surprising considering the fact that Berlin has a reputation for being the the most hip and dynamic capital of all! Let’s be honest: are you gonna be satisfied with just a little cosy dance and some fireworks? Whatever. If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in Berlin, you can be sure that it’s not just the fireworks that explode there –  the party scene will too. Countless venues come together and put the wheels in motion to make sure the New Year is celebrated in style. Whether young or old, big or small – you won’t be disappointed. Want to know where the best parties are at? Then read on!

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New Year’s Eve in Berlin – fireworks as far as the eyes can see

Let’s be honest: it’s not Berlin if there’s not a whole host of parties celebrating the New Year in several places at the same time. Really, the ‘oooh’s and ‘aaah’s are bound to sound out come midnight and breathtaking fireworks shoot out into the sky all over the place. Whether you want to admire the New Year’s fireworks on Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz or on the river Spree – I guarantee you’ll never have seen such an incredible play of colour in the sky before. The mass of onlookers tend to gather at the Brandenburg Gate of course – the celebration there is regarded as the largest New Year’s Eve open-air event in the world. It’s not a place for those suffering from claustrophobia as 1 million guests are expected to come to Berlin to welcome the New Year this December.

Paint the town red at the Brandenburg Gate

What awaits you at the Brandenburg Gate on the 31st December is a colourful mixture of live bands and DJs who will blast the music at full volume all the way to the Victory Column 2km away and they’ll party with you until the small hours of the morning. New Year’s Eve officially begins at 7pm, kicked off with gigs from various artists. Every year, the artists performing on the evening are announced at the beginning of December. I can reveal who gave it their absolute best last year: Jimmy Sommerville, Juli, Laith Al-Deen, David Hasselhoff and Marques rocked the stage among others. If you’re at the right place at the right time, you can have your five minutes in the spotlight – the party is broadcast live on German television!

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Depending on when you start your New Year’s trip, I have some great Berlin tips to help you explore the city on your own. This way, you’ll be able to cosy up in bed on the 1st January without having to regret the fact that you didn’t explore the city more closely. No only will you be able to discover some great sights, you’ll also have the chance to listen in to the musicians at rehearsals! The location of the party is opened from Wednesday at 12pm! Incidentally there are also small entertainment acts until the gates are shut at 8pm. And the best thing is: you don’t have to pay for entry either on New Year’s Eve or on any other day!

New Year’s Eve on the water

Those who want to take things a little easier on New Year’s Eve can literally go against the tide and admire the spectacular firework show from a boat. You can enjoy an unforgettable view of parts of Berlin from the river Spree – depending on which route your ship will take. There are namely various different offers out there. Just like in previous years, the restaurant-ship MS Heinrich Zille offers a New Year’s cruise from the Märkisches Ufer starting from €129. Accompanied by musical entertainment and some revitalisation at the buffet, the cruise includes stops such as the O2 World Arena, the Fernsehturm, Berlin Cathedral and the Reichstag building. And don’t forget: watching the fireworks from the water still is an unforgettable experience, I can promise you that! As you step down from the ship at 1am, you can decide whether you want to call it a night there or tour through Berlin’s hottest clubs.

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Of course, an exclusive restaurant ship is not the only option for welcoming the New Year on the Spree. The city namely offers its own New Year’s Party Cruise and several boats participate in it. Highlights such as the East-Side-Gallery, Nikolaiviertel and the Berlin Cathedral are called at on the way from Treptow – and you can fill your tummies at the buffet during the cruise too! All that fun from €99.

New Year’s Eve party scene

There are parties on every corner and on every spot in Berlin on New Year’s Eve – whether they’re halls, piers or bridges, they all transform into exclusive party locations. The Universal building on Osthafen invites for a truly legendary evening headed by the motto ‘New Year’s on the Spree’, for example. 5 DJs across an area of 2,000m² make for a truly insane atmosphere and raise the roof with various music genres. In order to cool down, you always have the opportunity to treat yourself to a break from all the dancing on the 1,000m² terrace overlooking the river. And to prevent you from loosing too much heat, you’ll of course be provided with some warm Glühwein. At midnight you’ll be able to enjoy an unbelievable view of the fireworks and toast the New Year with your loved ones. For just €68, you can dance your way into the New Year until 5am so you won’t need much persuading – drinks are namely included in the price.

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If you’d like a more central location at Potsdamer Platz, ewerk offers an unforgettable night out. The oldest power generator in Germany has become a real party spot and offers a view of the Potsdamer Platz as well as a breathtaking view of the fireworks and the TV tower from the 800m² roof terrace on the special night. Dance the night away on four dance floors to the beat of four different music genres, enjoy the complimentary drinks and help yourself to the Flying Buffet which offers the typical Berlin speciality of the original Berliner Currywurst. Depending on how many highlights you want to enjoy during the night, you can enjoy the unforgettable New Year’s party from just €59.

You can get even more at the Alten Münze. You’ll have everything to make your New Year’s Eve in Berlin the perfect night here: believe it or not, the 2,500m² houses 21 DJs on 7 floors, a live band and an extra lounge floor. You’ll find a great view not only of the stunning fireworks but also of the TV tower and the historic harbour at what is certainly the biggest New Year’s Eve party on the Spree. Depending on the premium level you want to enjoy, the prices currently stand between €59 and €79.

Party your way into the New Year with the locals

Let me tell you, New Year’s Eve in Berlin will knock your socks off! Countless crowds of people storm the capital on this special evening year after year. If you don’t want to miss the lavish New Year’s Eve celebrations, you better not have problems with tight spaces and party loving visitors. One more tip: book your accommodation as soon as possible, as Berlin is a very popular New Year’s Eve destination which means that rooms are booked up quickly – you also have to keep the deposits in mind. And off you go!
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