Silvester in Germany brings parties, glühwein, raclette, and many colorful fireworks. German people don't even imagine welcoming New Year's Eve without insane celebrations, warm mulled wine, and a short British skit named "Dinner for One." We've put together a mix of the most eccentric and traditional ways to celebrate Silvester like a local. Get ready to whoop it up!
New Year in Berlin
Berlin probably hosts the most exquisite and snazziest New Year's parties in the country. When it comes to regular get-togethers on the main squares, check Alexanderplatz or the area in front of the Reichstag. But if you are looking for a focal point for Berlin's New Year's Eve celebrations, head to Brandenburg Gate. It's free of charge and features various live bands, DJs, the famous countdown to the turn of the year, and breathtaking fireworks. Another family party takes place at the Citadel. It's a mega-event with four fireworks displays, four stage shows, and a lot of opportunities to hit the dance floor. If you come to Berlin and don't visit a rave party, well, you will miss a lot. Berlin is famous worldwide for its insane rave nights, and New Year's Eve is not an exception. You can head to the Funkhaus complex to listen to the most influential underground artist, delve into an unforgettable atmosphere, and become a true Berliner for a night.
New Year in Frankfurt
Frankfurt turns into a colorful wonderland on the last day of the year. If you want to marvel at the New Year's Eve fireworks in Frankfurt, head to the banks of the Main. Another popular spot is Lohrberg in Seckbach, which can offer you a fantastic view of the city. However, you should check the weather forecast before climbing there—when it's foggy, your attempts may be to no avail. For social butterflies who want to let their hair down, Frankfurt offers plenty of thrilling parties. Some of the most popular places to dance the night away are Batschkapp, the Silver Gold Club, Elfer music club, Robert Johnson, NM 57, and Jazzkeller. As for restaurants, you may consider Schillerstrasse, Trares, Margaret, You Grand, and Velvet Club. Also, you can join the crowds at Romerberg Square or climb up on the Main Tower.
New Year in Munich
Even though Munich is not as loud as Berlin or Frankfurt, it still has a lot to offer you on New Year's Eve. And these activities will probably stick in your mind (with a positive connotation, of course). Silvester in Munich means a lot of fireworks and festive parties with crowds of people. One such event you may consider visiting is Tollwood Winter Festival—a perfect spot to keep the dance floor grooving all through the night. The best places to watch bright fireworks are the Schwanthalerhöhe area, the Olympiaberg, the Monopteros in the English Garden, the Friedensengel statue, and the banks of the Isar River. To find out more about New Year in Munich, you can read our article here.
New Year in Dusseldorf
In addition to the amazing fireworks, which you can watch on the banks of the River Rhine, Dusseldorf features many wonderful things to do on Silvester. On New Year's Eve in Dusseldorf, you can confidently head to the famous Alstadt old town area, packed with people who are ready to party all night long. There, you can find various bars and restaurants welcoming you to meet the New Year in the company of party-lovers. To enjoy a panoramic skyline view, be sure to head out onto one of the Rhine bridges or visit the Bar & Lounge M 168, located at the top of the city's awe-inspiring Rhine Tower. Many people prefer to celebrate the New Year aboard a yacht, which allows near-perfect views of amazing fireworks right in the middle of the river Rhine. Some of the most popular river cruises are the Weisse Flotte vessels MS Dusseldorf and MS Stadt Dusseldorf. Kasematten am Rheinufer is a popular restaurant that often hosts free Silvesterparties. Other cool places to welcome the turning of the calendar in Dusseldorf are the Courtyard by Marriot Hafen, Radisson Marina Centre, the INNSIDE Dusseldorf Hafen, and the Hyatt Regency.