Berlin is known as a party town, and the good folks of this city like to leave the biggest party of the year for the final evening… yes, New Year’s Eve is a pretty big deal in the German capital, which you probably know if you have decided to join us at the Circus for the festivities. It would be impossible for us to tell you everything that is going on in the city during the evening known – in these here parts – as “Silvester”, but here is the lowdown on what we are up to as well as some of the highlights elsewhere in Berlin:
New Year’s Eve at The Circus
At our restaurant Fabisch you can join us for a fabulous four-course New Year Dinner, with DJ to provide the soundtrack and plenty of sekt to toast the chimes of midnight as the streets erupt around us. Over the road in Goldman’s Bar we will be warming up for the long night ahead with a free keg of beer, and the bar team will
be on hand with plenty of ideas and recommendations for where to celebrate the final party of the year.
The following morning Fabisch will be serving the New Year Brunch Buffet from 9.30am until 3pm, with live jazz from 11am. In the early evening the cafe will be nursing sore heads with a relaxed atmosphere and some nice films, before the party starts all over again in Goldman’s Bar with resolutions, guest DJs and more fun and games.
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 2013.
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.