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New Year’s Eve at The Circus and in Berlin

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Ohhh, it’s coming. For many people, New Year’s Eve is THE party in Berlin, and if you have never experienced it before, you are certainly in for a treat. Many would say that it is not even that important where you celebrate the arrival of the new year, as it is the pandemonium on the streets at midnight, when 3 million (or more) people explode the national debts-worth of fireworks into the sky that makes New Year’s Eve in Berlin such an experience like nowhere else.

But before we get to that point you need something to do, right? So here is a quick round-up of what we have going on at The Circus, plus some tips for elsewhere in Berlin provided by our Minister for Fun and Games, Andrew Rowley…

New Year’s Eve at The Circus…

At the Fabisch restaurant in The Circus Hotel we have a special “Silvester Menu”, a 4-course “final meal” of 2011, featuring a choice of main meals and of course a glass of sekt. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ who will be spinning throughout the evening. Across the street at the hostel, Goldman’s Bar will be hosting their traditional New Year’s Eve Party, with cold drinks and cool tunes. On the morning after, don’t miss our special Jazz brunch at Fabisch, with a special buffet and live music to sooth away the excesses of the night before.

…and in Berlin – Party at the Brandenburg Gate…

If you will be in town on the 31st December and want to see what a million people celebrating the arrival of a new year is like, then head down to the Brandenburg Gate. Behind the gate, running along the Strasse des 17. Juni to the Victory Column, is the official Festmeile…where there will be stages featuring top musical performances (including former winners of British talent shows), drinks and other refreshments on sale, and of course, the spectacular light, laser and fireworks show that will greet the arrival of 2012.

The celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate are extremely popular, and although entry to the Festmeile is free, they do close the gates once it is full…last year there were no further people allowed in at some point between 8 and 9pm, so if you want to be there for midnight, get there early. And if you want to be close to the stage, it would be advisable to get down there at around 5pm…remember to wrap up warm!

More Info on the Visit Berlin website.

…The World’s Largest Firework Display…

I have no idea if this is true, but the shear volume of explosives launched into the Berlin night from midnight on must make it a contender. Berlin’s hills and bridges are some of the best vantage points to watch this DIY display, including the Teufelsberg (West Berlin, Google Maps), the Kreuzberg (South of the centre, Google Maps) or the bridges Oberbaumbrücke (Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Google Maps) or the bridge at the S-Bahn station Bornholmer Strasse (Wedding/Prenzlauer Berg, Google Maps). With a bottle of cheap bubbly from Lidl, this is one of the cheapest and yet most spectacular ways to usher in the new year.

& Andrew’s Club Tips…

Here are the tips from Mr Rowley… for more information or ideas of how to celebrate New Year’s Eve, come and talk to us at reception…

ADS (Friedrichshain) :Ostfunk & Subdub (Party)

Bassy Cowboy Club: Silvester im Bassy: Rogall, The Mytch, Mr. Garage Records, Mystic N. (Shakin’ R&B, 60s Garage, Frantic Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll u. a

live: Les Kitschenettes (60s French Beat)

Cookies: Happy New Year: A Tale of Us, No Regular Play, La Fleur, Norman, Beathoavenz, Jessicat (Electronic u. a.)

Icon: Drum N Bass Party – The Last Icon Party ever…..(will be big)

Magnet Club : Silvester Pop Explosion 2011: Karrera Klub/Tim, Christian & Spencer, Christian Vorbau (Indie Disko) / Vossi & Blitzkrieg Rob ( 3 Floors)

Tresor: NYE 2011/2012: Octave One, Mike Huckaby, Oliver Deutschmann, Franklin de Costa, Cari lekebusch, Gary Beck, Joel Mull, Mike Dehne


Kulturbrauerei Silvester Party: 15 Locations * 30 DJ’s * Live Band * Riesenfeuerwerk