Its already November again and in about 6 weeks we will all be celebrating the start of a new year. The parties at New Years Eve often leave behind different kind of memories. Although many people love it, there are also plenty of people who think the tickets are overpriced and the clubs are way too crowded. Besides that it can be a real pain in the ass to find transportation because nobody wants to be the designated driver on New Years Eve and taxis are hard to find. Why not try something different this year and visit a city like Berlin for an unforgettable New Years Eve 2016-2017?
New Years Eve in Berlin 2016-2017
Visiting Berlin could be a solution to all the problems described above: The possibilities are endless in Berlin and you do not have to worry about driving because the public transport will run all night long. Celebrating New Years Eve somewhere abroad will also make the whole night more special and unforgettable. Another great thing is the fact that the New Years Eve parties in Berlin already start at a price of only 10 Euro) so you could even decide to visit several parties on one night.
Ten great locations to party with Silvester
For your information: Silvester is the German word for New Years Eve. When you decide to celebrate New Years Eve 2016 in Berlin, this list of ten great locations could be helpful to make decision or check what the possibilities are. New Years Eve in Berlin is something special and there are many different parties and events, which all differ in price, location, activities and atmosphere. Therefore it is probably best to plan your trip in advance.
You can either scroll down or click one of the links below to jump to your favorite party straight away:
1. Countdown at Brandenburger Tor
2. A great line-up in Ritter Butzke
3. All in One: Kulturbrauerei
4. For all ages: Zitadelle Spandau
5. Astra Club: Lexer, Sascha Braemer and more
6. New Years Eve on a Christmas Market
7. Carl Cox & Kalkbrenner in the Arena Club
8. Nice and cheap: Humboldthain Club
9. New Years Eve on a boat
10. On great heights: House of Weekend
Summary New Years Eve in Berlin
1. Countdown at Brandenburger Tor
When you want to have an unforgettable New Years Eve in Berlin, you might want to consider visiting the countdown at Brandenburger Tor. The last couple of years at least 1 million people celebrated New Years Eve in front of this famous touristic attraction. All the way from the Brandenburger Tor till the Siegessäule, which is a distance of about 2 kilometers, you can find stages, music, bars and plenty of excited people. The countdown at midnight is an impressive experience by itself and if you ask me everybody should experience a large public countdown at least once in his life.
Doing a countdown with 1 million people is already something unique but besides that there are plenty of other reasons to visit Brandenburger Tor. Like every year, there will be many great artists and cool performances during Silvester (this is the German word for New Years Eve). The Silvesterparty am Brandenburger Tor can already be visited on the 30th of December, from 14.00 till 20.00 some artists and bands will start practicing their songs and this is actually fun to see. Obviously, the real New Years Eve Party starts one day later: Once again you are welcome from 14.00 but the real program starts at 19.00. Later at night, around 21.45, the German TV-channel ZDF will broadcast an official television-show and get everybody ready for the countdown. After midnight the party will keep going for many hours, so don`t worry about getting bored.
Most crowded place in Berlin on New Years Eve
If you want to experience the Silvesterparty am Brandenburger Tor, it is highly advisable to try and get there very early. This location has always been one of the most popular places to celebrate New Years Eve in Berlin. People from all over the world come to Berlin for this countdown and 2016-2017 will not be any different. Just to create an image: Last year people were not able to get out of the nearby located metro-stations after 20.00 on New Years Eve.
Name: Silvesterparty am Brandenburger Tor
Address: Straße des 17. Juni
Opening Hours: Starts at 14.00
Public Transport: Station Brandenburger Tor (U5, S1 en S2)
Music: Different acts and DJ’s
Website + copyright 2nd image: www.brandenburger-tor-berlin.de
3. AndHim, Niconé & Wankelmut @ Ritter Butzke
Hippie New Year
Starting on the 31th of December at 23.00, the event Hippie New Year will be organized in Ritter Butzke. The party will go on till the next day at midnight so you will have plenty of time to dance. As mentioned above, Ritter Butzke offers some great names: Niconé, Sascha Braemer, AndHim, Format:B and Wankelmut will be present. The tickets are available for 30 Euro.
If a great line-up is important to you during New Years Eve in Berlin, you should defenitely consider visiting the Ritter Butzke. The price is a bit higher than some other clubs in this list but the line-up is hard to beat. Besides that the ticket for New Years Eve is also valid on the first of January: This means you will have two parties for the price of one. The club can be most easily reached from station Moritzplatz, which is only three stations away from Alexanderplatz.
Win 2 Free Tickets
The Ritter Butzke has been nice enough to offer us 2 free tickets to give away. Have a look on our facebook-page and you can find more information about the give-away. The winners will get a message in the week before New Years Eve.
Name: Hippie New Year in Ritter Butzke
Address: Ritterstrasse 24
Entrance: 30 euro
Opening Hours: 23.00 – 23.59
Public Transport: U-Bahn Moritzplatz
Music: Deephouse, Techno
Website: Ritter Butzke
3. All in one: New Years at the Kulturbrauerei
The Kulturbrauerei is a courtyard near U-bahn station Eberswalder Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg. This courtyard (see photo below) is home to many companies, restaurants and clubs in Berlin. On New Years Eve all clubs in the Kulturbrauerei combine their strengths and give you the possibility to start 2017 with an explosive party. It is the biggest indoor New Years Eve Party in Berlin and with one ticket you are able to visit 9 different clubs and 15 different dancefloors. If you like more than one music-style the Kulturbrauerei might be your best option for New Years Eve in Berlin.
New Years Eve with 15 Floors and 30 DJ’s
Starting at 20.00, you are welcome to enter the biggest indoor party in Berlin. In the central courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei there will be massive countdown around midnight. Tickets can be bought at the website of the Kulturbrauerei and cost 29 euro each.
Are you looking for a versatile party for a reasonable price? Than Silvester in der Kulturbrauerei is probably your best alternative for New Years Eve in Berlin. Every club has a different atmosphere, every area a different DJ and at midnight you can join the the countdown with thousands of others.
Name: Silvester in der Kulturbrauerei
Address: Sredzkistrasse 1 or Knaackstrasse 97
Entrance: 29 euro
Opening Hours: starts at 20.00
Public Transport: U-Bahn Eberswalder Str. (U2), S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee (S8, S9)
Music: Different music styles in different clubs
Website + copyright images: www.silvester-kulturbrauerei.de
4. For all ages: Zitadelle Spandau
In this list with great locations for New Years Eve you can find many events which are mainly interesting for young people. Going to a club with loud house-music does not really fit in the average family-holiday. But lucky enough Berlin also offers some cool events for families. The Zitadelle in Spandau is one of the best maintained castles in Europe and offers a New Years Eve event which is perfect for both young and old.
Great for all ages
I have been in the Zitadelle once to visit a concert of Ben Howard and I can guarentee you that the location will impress you. The castle is surrounded by water and inside the walls you will find many stands with food and drinks, a large stage with performances and plenty of activity for both children and grown-ups.
If you want to get a better impression of the New Years Eve event in the Zitadelle you can watch the following video. The castle can be found int he north-west of Berlin, not that far from the Airport Tegel. Because the public transport is great in Berlin it will not be very hard to reach the Zitadelle (see stations below). The party will start at 19.00 and will probably go on till a few hours after midnight.
Name: Zitadelle Spandau
Address: Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin
Entrance: 12 Euro (children only 5 Euro)
Opening-Hours: Start at 19.00
Public Transport: U7 Zitadelle
Music: All time Favourites
Website: Website Zitadelle
5. Lexer & Sascha Braemer – Astra Club
The Astra Club is a club in the notorious Revaler Straße which starts at the end of the Warschauer Brucke. This club has been listed in my monthly party calender for Berlin several times because plenty of good parties can be found here. Although the Astra Club does not have the raw image like Ritter Butzke or Sisyphos, Sisyphos or Berghain, it is still a cool club in a very central location.
Lexer, Sascha Braemer, Kollektiv Ost and more
On New Years Eve the Astra Club offers a very solid line-up for a quite reasonable price. For 30 Euro you will be able to see DJs like Sacha Braemer, Lexer, Dirty Doering, Kollektiv Ost and some others. These DJs are normally playing at large festivals and international superclubs, so you do not have to worry about the music-quality. The tickets for this party are available on Resident Advisor and more information can be found on the website of the Astra Club (see link below).
The New Years Eve party in Astra Club will start at 23.00 and will keep going till 09.00 on the 1st of January. So I guess you will not have to worry that the club closes before you are sick of dancing. Besides a solid line-up the Astra Club will most likely offer some food, special decoration and enough excited people. All in all this seems a pretty solid option for New Years Eve in Berlin.
Win 2×2 Free tickets
We have great news: Two lucky people will not have to pay entrance for this New Years Eve Party at all. They can bring a friend and will get free entrance to the Astra Club. All you have to do is visit our Facebook-Page and tag a friend. The winners will be published on Facebook in the week before the event.
Name: Astra Club
Address: Revalerstraße 99
Times: Vanaf 23.00 – 09.00
Public Transport: S of U-Bahn Warschauer Straße
Music: House, electro, techno
Website: Link naar event
6. New Years on a Christmas Market
In our yearly article about the best christmas-markets in Berlin we have put the Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt on the first spot again this year. This christmas market is just beautiful situated and the atmosphere is splendid as well. If you are in Berlin during the months November and December you should definitely visit this market.
But this list is about New Years Eve parties, so lets get to the point: The Weihnachtszauber Christmas-market is offering a special program during New Years Eve. For not more than 12 Euro you can enjoy a showband, some special performances and a countdown with spectacular fireworks. On the official website you can find more information about the activities during the night.
When you just love christmas markets and do not really need to party till early in the morning, this option might be perfect for you. I have been on the christmas market and the atmosphere is great. I can imagine that the countdown is going to be something special and the showband is going to play music from the last 4 decennia so that should be fun as well.
You can reach the christmas market from station station Stadtmitte and the party will start around 19.00.
Name: Oud en Nieuw op een Kerstmarkt
Entrance: 12 Euro
Opening Hours: Starts at 19.00
Public Transport: U2 of U6 naar Stadtmitte
Music: Showband, Ballet, All time Favourites
7. Carl Cox & Kalkbrenner in Arena Club
If the line-ups of the Astra Club and the Ritter Butzke are not special enough for you yet, you should probably visit the Arena Club. Usually clubs in Berlin invite pretty solid DJs, but the line-up of this party is just insane. You do not see names like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing and Fritz Kalkbrenner at one party that often. One thing is for sure: The Arena Club invested a lot of money in this line-up.
The Arena Club is located not that far from station Treptower Park and it basically has the famous swimming pool Badeschiff in its backgarden. The club itself has several floors but the famous names mentioned above will most likely play on the main stage.
The party on New Years Eve is called HYTE and you can see the full line-up on Facebook (see link below). The tickets started at 39€ but are already more expensive right now. The last stage costs 69 Euro, which is still worth it if you ask me. I went to a concert of Fritz Kalkbrenner last year and paid 25 Euro only for this. You will see 5-6 of these awesome artists at the same night. Another benefit of this party is the fact that the party starts at 18.00 already so you can also party during the night.
Win 2 Free tickets
We are allowed to giveaway 2 tickets for this massive party in the Arena Club. All you have to do is checkout this facebook-post, tag one of your friends and the winners will be published on Facebook in the week before this great New Years Eve party in Berlin.
Name: HYTE @ Arena Club
Address: Eichenstraße 4
Entrance: 39€ tot 89€
Opening Hours: 18.00 – 14.00
Public Transport: S-Bahn Treptower Park
Music: Techno & House
8. New Years Eve for just 10 euro in Humboldthain Club
All locations in this list are great if you ask me but I have to admit that some of them are quite expensive. If you party with a larger group and everybody has to invest 30 Euro entrance you are spending a lot of money on entrance. But lucky enough there are also some clubs in Berlin who can be visited for just 10 Euro. The Humboldthain Club is one of them and offers a party from 22.00 till 10.00 the next morning. So if you just want to experience New Years Eve in Berlin but want to save some money for the drinks, this option might be great for you.
If you hear about an entrance of 10 Euro, you might suspect that the party will not be that special. Most normal bars in Holland or the UK expect 25 Euro entrance on New Years Eve and do not offer anything special. But in Berlin these things are different: Personally I expect the party in the Humboldthain Club to be great anyways. The line-up consists of international names like: Lazercat, Reuse, Undermind and Naks. Obviously they are not asw famous as Carl Cox or Lexer but if you like electronic music you will definitely have a great night at the Humboldthain Club.
The Humboldthain Club is located between the stations Gesundbrunnen and Wedding but the easiest way to reach it would be traveling to the station Humboldthain. As the public transport will run all night, it should not be a problem to reach the club.
Win 3×2 tickets for this Party
Although 10 Euro is not that much money, it is still great to win free tickets for an event like this. Humboldthain Club gave Berlin-Enjoy the opportunity to giveaway 3×2 tickets. All you have to do is checkout our facebook-page, tag a friend and the winners will be published a few days before New Years Eve.
Name: Humboldthain Club
Address: Hochstraße 46
Entrance: 10 Euro
Opening Times: Vanaf 22.00 – 10.00
Public Transport: Humboldthain, Wedding of Gesundbrunnen
Music:House, Techno, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Classics
Website: Website Humboldthain Club
9. New Years Eve in Berlin on a Boat
Parties on New Years Eve are often compared to normal parties in a regular weekend. You expect a bit more, but except for the countdown not much changes in many clubs and bars. If you want to have a special experience during New Years Eve 2016-2017, you might want to consider celebrating on a boat in the Spree. This is defenitely something unique and unforgettable.
Ms Heinrich Zille
One of the boats which will be floating in the Spree during New Years Eve is called The Heinrich Zille. You are allowed to board on 31th of December from 20.00. All food and drinks are included and a ticket is available starting from 129€. The boat is 38 meters long and 6 meters wide and about 100 people will fit on it. Obviously there will also be music and the boat will depart from Märkischen Ufer. Besides the great view on the fireworks at midnight, the boat will also pass many attractions: The Oberbaumbrücke, Berliner Dom, the Molecule Man and more.
If you do not mind to spend a bit more during New Years Eve, you can consider celebrating it on the Spree. Have a look on the website of this New Years Eve party if you want to know more about this event.
!Update: Shortly after I published this article all tickets for the MS Heinrich Zille were sold out!
Name: Silvester auf der Spree
Address: Departure Märkischen Ufer/Inselstraße
Entrance: starting at 99 euro
Opening Hours: From 19.00
Website + copyright images: www.silvester-auf-der-spree.de
10. New Years Eve on the 15th Floor: Weekend Club
When you like it a bit more posh and are not on a budget during New Years Eve in Berlin, you could consider visiting the Weekend Club which is located on a walking distance from Alexanderplatz. This club is a quite famous in Berlin, especially because it is located on the 15th floor of a massive building. The club has a large terrace from which you have an impressive view over Berlin. Obviously this is great for New Years Eve because you can enjoy the fireworks over the skyline of Berlin.
Just like some of the other clubs I have listed, you can expect some house and techno in the Weekend Club. The DJs which are playing are not famous but will most likely present a booming performance on a special night like this. The tickets for this event on New Years are available for 40€.
If you like to have a great view and like to dance to techno and house, the Weekend could be a good place to visit. In my opinion the tickets are a bit too expensive but you do not celebrate New Years Eve in Berlin every year. More information about the club and the view can be found on the website which is listed below.
Name: New Years Eve at Weekend
Address: Stresemannstraße 76
Opening times: 22.00 – 08.00
Public Transport: Station Alexanderplatz
Conclusion of New Years Eve in Berlin
As can be read above, there are many different alternatives if you want to party on New Years Eve in Berlin. In the end it all depends on your preferences: When you want to have an unforgettable experience it is a good idea to visit Brandenburger Tor. When you don´t want to spend too much money on entrance you should go to Humboldthain. If the line-up of the party is important to you, I would consider visiting the Ritter Butzke, Astra or Arena Club. Besides the clubs, you can also do something special and celebrate New Years Eve on a boat, Christmas Market or inside some sort of Castle. For all the bigger groups it might be cool to party in the Kulturbrauerei.