It is the biggest party of the year, and Silvester – as they call New Year’s Eve in these parts – is the one night in the year when EVERYONE in the city cuts loose and turns into something of a pyromaniac along the way. Here’s what is going on at The Circus and in town…
New Year’s Eve at The Circus
In the Circus Hotel, our restaurant Fabisch will be offering a very special four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner (from 5pm) and we hope you will stay with us through until midnight, with some good tunes and a toast when the clock strikes twelve. The next morning we will be continuing the celebrations with our New Year Brunch Buffet (from 9.30pm until 3pm), with live jazz from 11am… a great and groovy way to kick off 2014.
Meanwhile, across the street at the Circus Hostel, we will be meeting in our café bar Katz & Maus for pre-party drinks from 7pm to get the night started. The next morning we will lie-in a little, with breakfast starting at 9am and running through until the early afternoon at 2pm.
Out and About
There are loads of parties going on in town, too many to mention here, but our Entertainment head honcho Andrew has put together a selection of some that he thinks might be worth checking out. Up the hill at a former brewery, Silvester at the Kulturbrauerei is a party of 15 stages, 30 DJs, live music and more. It is a short roll down the hill home, and tickets cost €29.
If you are looking for something a little more cozy, the legendary Soul Explosion gang are holding their New Year’s Eve party at the lovely Heimathafen in Neukölln. Tickets cost €12 – check the website for more details. Or maybe you fancy some razzle dazzle? Bar Tausend is offering a dinner party to remember – and it should be as it costs €200 per person. If you don’t need feeding, entry to the Underwater Love Party afterwards will set you back €50.
Of course, all the big names of the Berlin club scene will be holding parties – but many will need tickets beforehand and you should definitely check the websites for the state of availability, prices and line-ups. Here are some quick links to four of the most famous clubs in the city: Watergate / Weekend / Berghain / Tresor…
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 2014.
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!
The World’s Biggest Fireworks 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.
Image: Silvester am Brandenburger Tor | New Year’s Eve at Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin | Scholvien