New Year’s Eve in Berlin is an all out party. If you don’t mind crowds, it might even be the best time to visit the German capital. The celebrations begin in the daytime with an annual pancake race that sees runners flipping flapjacks as they make their ways towards the finish line. As evening descends upon the city, crowds begin to gather at the epicenter of the Berlin New Year’s Eve party – Brandenburg Tor (Brandenburg Gate). If it’s too congested to find a spot at the area immediately in front of Brandenburg Tor, you can wander along the two-kilometer “party mile” route, which stretches between Brandenburger Tor and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). All along this festive strip are video screens and live music stages, and you’ll want to keep an eye out for the mind-boggling lightshow.
Another option when partaking in the Berlin New Year’s Eve celebration is to head over to the Kulturbrauerei. Formerly a brewery, this building complex in the Prenzlauer Berg district is now a cultural center with multiple venues. These venues combine to throw a multi-faceted New Year’s Eve party that caters to a variety of tastes and interests. At midnight, a colossal countdown is followed by a spectacular fireworks display. After that, you can go back to exploring the various Kulturbrauerei venues in search of the atmospheres that best suit your fancy. One ticket covers admission to all of the venues, so you are free to roam as you see fit.
There are so many different ways to ring in the Berlin New Year. Buying tickets for an all-inclusive party at one of the city’s bars or clubs, taking a New Year’s Eve cruise along the Spree River, or heading over to Teufelsberg Hill or Viktoriapark to watch the fireworks are just some of the other options. It should be noted that if you are planning on attending a specific Berlin New Year’s Eve event that charges admission fees, it is often possible to save some money by purchasing tickets in advance. Prices tend to go up as New Year’s Eve nears.
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