With huge fireworks displays, traditional treats like Feuerzangenbowle (spiced mulled wine) and Marzipanschwein (marzipan pigs), and street parties taking off around the country, New Year’s Eve, or ‘Silvester’ as it’s known locally, is the biggest event on the German calendar. Whether you want to join the free festivities in the capital or splash out on a New Year’s cruise along the Rhine, there are plenty of choices for where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Germany – here are a few ideas.
Almost every town and city in Germany hosts one or more Christmas markets and with its strategic location and excellent transport links, Frankfurt makes a good choice for seasonal shoppers, with easy access to the Rhine Valley, Bavaria and the Black Forest. Get your fill of Christmas spirit by adding these 5 Christmas markets around Frankfurt to your itinerary.
Germany’s biggest port city transforms into a sea of lights for the festive season and with the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, celebrating Christmas in Hamburg makes an atmospheric choice. The holidays in Hamburg typically kick off on November 11th (St. Martin’s Day) when the city’s restaurants unveil their Christmas menus (including their famous roast goose), but it’s towards the end of the month when locals really start feeling the Christmas spirit, as the legendary Christmas markets begin to open.
With temperatures plummeting and a good chance of snow, visiting Hamburg in winter might not be the best time for outdoor sightseeing, but with plenty of seasonal festivities going on, it’s still an atmospheric time to visit.
With its cobblestone lanes lined with half-timbered houses and water fountains, and lively squares crammed with pubs and bars, Frankfurt’s Old Sachsenhausen district is one of the city’s most atmospheric areas. This is the historic heart of the city, sprawling along the south bank of the Main River, and best known as Frankfurt’s Apple Wine Quarter, thanks to the abundance of traditional Apfelwein (apple wine) taverns (or Epelwoi).
Berlin might be the party capital of Germany, but its second city also has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife, with its infamous Red Light District, a thriving gay scene and a live music scene that can count The Beatles among its breaking acts. Exploring Hamburg at night shows off a whole other side of the city, with its dramatically illuminated waterfront, sea of neon lights and bars and clubs open well into the early hours.