Chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen ©DZT (Moritz Kertzscher)
Dec 11, 2017

Saving the best for last – celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany

Germany offers many unforgettable ways to ring in the New Year, from a romantic evening for two to a buzzing party with crowds of people or maybe in an unlikely setting.

If you just love celebrating New Year's Eve, then Germany offers plenty of ways for you to do so in style. There are lively parties in public places, for example in Berlin in front of Brandenburg Gate, as well as in cities such as Hamburg, Dresden and Cologne. Expect fireworks too! In Munich, the festivities in the courtyard of Isartor Gate will feature the world's largest bowl of traditional hot rum punch. If you prefer the sounds of the sea, you should head north. All along the Baltic Coast, from Timmendorfer Strand to the city of Rostock, you can join the crowds as they celebrate on the beaches and promenades. On the island of Rügen, New Year's Eve is a lot more low key. Each little village has its own traditions – some celebrations take place in the harbour, some on the beaches and some even in the lighthouses. And at Göhren's Strandkorbsilvester party, you can even enjoy the fireworks from a wicker beach chair right by the sea.

Celebrating with your head in the clouds

If you like grand vistas, then Halde Hohewart near Herten in the Ruhr region will be right up your street. The 360-degree views from atop this former spoil tip are breathtaking, and not just at midnight. Or how about celebrating on Mount Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak? Package breaks including train travel, fondue feasts and views across the Alps guarantee fun for all ages.

Many concert halls and churches ring in the New Year with magical concerts. Xanten Cathedral, for example, will host a mass by Johann Sebastian Bach from 7.30pm onwards. At other venues, the concerts begin with the bells ringing out at midnight. Wherever you choose to go, we wish you a memorable start to 2018. Further ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve can be found here.