You can spend a nice Silvester Day and Night in Berlin without paying too much, or even nothing. See here where to go on December 31 for free.

Fireworks at Victory Column
Fireworks at Victory Column (photo by: young shanahan)

1. The Official Party at Brandenburger Tor

Organized by the city, this party has a long tradition: Right from the Brandenburg Gate up to the Victory Column (Siegessäule), you can attend a live music show with international stars, a countdown at midnight and probably the biggest fireworks of the city – all for free. And this year luckily without painful freezing, as the temperatures might be even around 10°C.

On the music line-up of 2017 are: Die Höhner, Tom Gaebel, Rednex, Münchener Freiheit, The Rasmus, Bell, Book and Candle, Nana, Oli P., Spider Murphy Gang, Whigfield, Fernando Varela, Lucenzo.

The area opens already at 2pm, coming this early will allow you to see the dress rehearsal of the whole show.

Latest, you should arrive by 7pm, as it might get full then and they won’t allow more people to enter if the area is filled up. The party ends at 3am.

Enter the party zone at the folling spots:

  • Ebertstraße/Scheidemannstraße
  • Ebertstraße/Behrendtstraße
  • Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße
  • Bellevueallee / Kleiner Stern
  • Straße des 17. Juni / Grosser Stern

What is not allowed to bring inside:

  • alcohol
  • fragile or hard containers
  • backpacks
  • big bags

What is allowed:

  • jute bags
  • gym bags
  • small bags

Read more on the official site (in German).

2. Fireworks

Besides at the Brandenburger Tor party, there are more big fireworks to watch:

3. Great (Firework) Views from Bridges

If you’re out and about in the city, then going to a bridge on midnight might give you some great views. Check out these by area:






Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and Guten Rutsch!

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