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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


Oh yes, the countdown is on… (how many sleeps is it now, seven?) and Christmas and New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. As always here at the Circus we are looking forward to welcoming the world to Berlin over the holiday period, and we hope to make it very special for all of you who find yourselves a long way from home. Here is what is going on…

Circus Hotel

In our restaurant Fabisch we have some treats in store for all our friends and guests who drop by during the festive period, starting on Christmas Eve (24th December) when we have our special Christmas menu available from 5pm. On Christmas Day itself (25th December) we will be offering a four-course Christmas Dinner, available from 5pm. Entertainment will be provided in the form of Christmas swing from Fabisch favourites “Whatever Rita Wants”.

For the last evening of the year, we also offer 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.

Circus Hostel

On Christmas Day (25th December) we will be hosting our traditional Christmas dinner for Circus guests. It will cost €10 for a three course dinner and a free drink afterwards. To eat we have a starter of a soup, a chicken main course (pumpkin gratin for the veggies) and a chocolate pudding to finish up. This is always very popular, so make sure you book your place at reception.

New Year’s Eve is all about what is going on in the city – and if you have never experienced it then it is a party like no other – but we will be meeting up 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.

We are looking forward to spending the holidays with you!

Last night we had a very nice surprise in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel. Pankow Voices are a vocal ensemble from the north of Berlin, featuring our very own Victoria – who has been singing with the group for fifteen years. She was joined in Fabisch yesterday evening by Jane, Julie and Steven, and they certainly put on a festive show, singing a collection of Christmas favourites in both English and German. For those of us who happened to be in Fabisch when they made their surprise appearance, it was a fantastic performance which certainly helps get us in the mood for the week ahead. Thanks guys! And for the rest of you, you can hear and see more from the Pankow Voices on their website.

(PS. Apologies for the quality of the photos – but as it was a surprise performance, I was not exactly prepared! – Paul)


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Next Tuesday (December 17th) we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back to The Circus Jutta Hertlein, as part of our series of talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. Frau Hertlein has been to The Circus before, and it was an extremely interesting evening as she told us all about her life and experiences of living in Berlin during the time the city was divided by the Berlin Wall.

Frau Hertlein grew up in East Berlin until the age of 13, when she moved with her mother to West Germany. At the age of 25 she moved back to Berlin with her husband, living in the West of the city for 24 years until the fall of the Berlin Wall. During that time she made many visits to friends and family in East German and the GDR, and some of the stories she tells about the border crossings are not only fascinating, but at times barely believable when we look back on it now.

After the talk Frau Hertlein will be available to answer any questions you might have. Once again we are expecting it to be an extremely interesting and informative evening and, as always, the talk will be in English and is open to everyone.


Where: Fabisch @ The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Strasse 1, Berlin-Mitte
When: Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 6pm
Topic: Life in the Divided City
Speaker: Frau Jutta Hertlein

Image Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L0521-0015 / Kutscher (verehe. Kubiziel), Sig / CC-BY-SA

Kennedy in Berlin

We are extremely pleased to announce the details of the next  Circus Talks evening in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History) which will be taking place on Tuesday 19th November 2013 in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel.

Alexander Longolius was born in Berlin in 1935, two years after the Nazis came to power and four before the outbreak of World War II. In the early 1950s he went on a school exchange to the United States, before studying in Berlin. He has been strongly involved in Berlin politics, and was a member of the Berlin Senate (state government), as well as being the Chairman of the executive board of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation.

In 2005 he was awarded the German Order of Merit in recognition of his work for German-American friendship. He has lived in Berlin through the war, the Allied occupation, the division of the city and its eventual reunification, and he will be coming to the Circus to share his experiences of the last 76 years. It promises to be another fascinating evening, and we are really excited to welcome Mr Longolius to the Circus and hear the thoughts of someone who has lived through and been a participant in the modern history of the city.


Eyewitness History Talk with Alexander Longolius
Tuesday 19th November 2013, 6pm
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Str. 1, Berlin-Mitte
U-Bahn Rosenthaler Platz

The talk is open to all and is in English. Admission is free, and we will be collecting contributions for the ZZB to help them continue in their important work

Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F015843-0016 / Schmitt, Walter / CC-BY-SA


We had a lovely evening on Tuesday celebrating five years of the Circus Hotel with friends, partners and guests. The boys in the kitchen at Fabisch did a wonderful job with the buffet, as did Silke when it came to the cake, and DJ ED2000 kept the tunes coming, but probably the most remarkable moment was the wonderful juggling show that brought some particular Circus skills into the house. Then it was time for Katrin to make a speech, before Saudia Young took to the stage as she has done so many times before. It was great evening, and we just want to use the chance to thank everyone who made it possible… now here’s to the next five years!













Kitty Solaris

This coming Friday as part of our special birthday celebrations we welcome back an old favourite to Fabisch and we are extremely excited about it. Kitty Solaris is a well known berlin singer/songwriter following the footsteps of her alltime favorites Velvet Underground, Patty Smith and Catpower. In her kitchen in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, she developed her very unique style, playing meditative, mellow and melancholic songs on her electric guitar accompanied by her tender voice. Always straight to the point with headlines and catchy hooklines.

It is all about solitude, passion and outsiders, she always felt connected with. After her first release “future air hostess” in 2007 the release of the second Kitty Solaris album “My Home is my Disco” was released in April 2009. Produced with the help of Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Holger Müller and recorded at Popschutz-Studio with Steffen Schlosser (drums) and Roderick Miller (keyboards) it is a mixture of modern songwriting and indie-pop.

The 3rd album “Golden Future Paris” (released in february 2011) was uplifting, funny and cheerful. Produced by the Serbian composer and pianist Nikola Jeremic (Sarsaparilla) at cosy Echoplex Studio, the record has a fresh new sound with lots of electronic pop-beats and groovy synthy-sounds as in the song “beggar and king”. There were elements of Hip Hop in “Five minutes”, Southamerican sound-scape influences in “Get used to it”, balkan trumpets played by Damir Bacikin feature in “Gitano” and “Golden future Paris”.

The new album “We Stop the Dance” was released in March… check out the video from her single ‘Get Used to It’:


Kitty Solaris, live in Fabisch – Friday 1st December 2013 at 10pm

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We have a very special edition of our eyewitness history talks this month, as we celebrate the 5th birthday of The Circus Hotel on Rosenthaler Platz with someone who can tell us about our neighbourhood from  a little bit further back in time… the years between 1935 and 1953.

Dr Klaus Riemer will talk about his childhood in Berlin before the Second World War, including what the Rosenthaler Platz neighbourhood was like at the time, the anti-Jewish pogrom of 1938, the start of the war and evacuation from Berlin. Dr Riemer then returned to the city where he was forced to work in the GDR as a sign painter, portraying Stalin and other communist leaders, before he finally left the East following the uprising of 1953.

As always it promises to be a fascinating evening at Fabisch, and we are really happy to be welcoming Dr Riemer back to The Circus. The talk will be in English, is open to all, and is free… although we will be collecting contributions towards our own donation to the ZZB to help them continue in their important work.

Where: Fabisch at The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Straße 1 (U8: Rosenthaler Platz)
When: Thursday  31st October at 6.45pm

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-S91025 / Kümpfel / CC-BY-SA

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