Welcome the New Year in Berlin:
On New Year's Eve, Berlin throws the biggest open-air party in the world.
With more than a million people welcoming the New Year at the Brandenburg Gate, Germany's signature landmark, the Berlin party even tops the New Year festivities of New York and London.
So shake off the old year and celebrate Silvester German style under the stars, with music, dancing, and spectacular fireworks.
You can celebrate all night long - the Berlin New Year's Eve Party lasts until the wee hours of the next morning.
New Year's Eve Party: What to Expect:
- Several stages, dance floors, and tents with live music, performances, and international DJs
- Laser and light shows
- International food stands and bars
- An official countdown at midnight and great fireworks displays
Where to Celebrate:
Main Stage: The biggest stage of Berlin's New Year's Eve Party is at the Pariser Platz, with the Brandenburg Gate as an impressive backdrop.
Party Mile: Behind the Brandeburg Gate begins the 1.2 miles long party mile, which is lined with several dance floors, stages, and bars. You can party all along the boulevard "Straße des 17. Juni" to the Victory Column.
When to Go to the New Year's Eve Party:
The official program on the main stage kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Needless to say, with one milion visitors it will get very crowded; if you want to have a good spot close to the main stage, come as early as 5 p.m.
The highlight of the Berlin New Year's Eve celebration is the spectacular fireworks display at midnight, but the fun doesn't stop after that: The party continues and will be in full swing until the early morning hours of the New Year.
Getting to the New Year's Eve Party:
The closest metro stations are:
- Potsdamer Platz
The metro station "Unter den Linden", which is right in front of the Brandenburg Gate, will be closed at 5 p.m.
Tips for a Great Party Night:
For security reasons, bags will be checked at all entrances; make sure to leave the following items at home, or they will be confiscated:
- Glass bottles
- Plastic bottles bigger than 0,5 liter
- Beverage cans (you can buy drinks on the event premises)
- Sharp or pointy objects
Get ready for a long party night outside – wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes with extra layers.
Wish your fellow partygoers a Happy New Year in German: "Guten Rutsch" (pronounced goo-ten rootsh).
Sounds like it might be too cold or too crowded? Then Celebrate New Year with a nice dinner in one of Berlin's Best Restaurants.