Don’t forget the champagne! Hilda Hoy rounded up some great spots to ring in 2015 on New Year’s Eve.
Happy New Year! Our recommendations for a sparkling New Year's Eve.
With food, friends, fizz, and, frankly, a rather frightening amount of fireworks on the streets, Berliners love to mark New Year’s Eve with plenty of fanfare. Known as Silvester, the night is one long celebration in Berlin, with plenty of options for partying well into the wee hours of 2015. The mother of all celebrations is held every year at Brandenburg Gate, said to be one of the biggest outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world. Some one million fun seekers come here to ring in the new year with two km of live music, DJs, dancing, food, drink, and a thrilling fireworks display.
Further south in Kreuzberg, Viktoriapark is another popular spot for open-air partying and making the midnight countdown. A rarity in this flat city, the park boasts a gothic memorial atop a 66-meter-high hill, providing a great view of the city as it veritably explodes in fireworks at the stroke of 12. Everyone is welcome to join in the amateur pyrotechnics – shops all around town are permitted to sell fireworks from 29–31 December.
For less explosions and some family-friendly fun, head to Winterfeldtplatz, where the pretty neighborhood square fills up with locals of all ages soaking up the warm, festive atmosphere. Local bars and restaurants spill out into the streets with music and drinks, with outdoor dancing to keep revelers warm in spite of inhospitable temperatures.
To make this New Year’s Eve an epic night to remember, the Silvester Ticket Berlin (www.silvester-party-berlin.de) grants access to six parties across the city, use of bus and boat shuttles between the venues, and all-inclusive drinks all night long. Between the six different party locations, you’ll have access to 18 dance floors, a wide variety of music styles, and rooftop terraces boasting breathtaking views of the city. A magnificent night to kick off what’s sure to be a magnificent year to come.
“Berliners love to mark New Year’s Eve with plenty of fanfare.”