People flock to Berlin from all over the world for Silvester (as New Year's Eve is called in Germany). I never fully understood why until I spent the once-a-year event there. In Berlin, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in the loudest possible way: with firecrackers going off in the days leading up to it, and even shortly after January 1. I can’t say for certain, but my guess is that Berlin is the LOUDEST New Year’s Eve in all of Europe.
While fireworks are likely to be going off all throughout the city, the official celebrations take place at Brandenburger Tor. On the road between the famous Berlin landmark and the Siegessaule monument, the street is crowded with visitors celebrating the new year. Stages throughout the street include performers all night, and stalls lining the road sell everything from funny hats to currywurst. New Year's Eve in Berlin is truly special—and a celebration worth visiting for!