Berlin for New Years - An Untraveled Australian's Cry for Help!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 12:05 AM Last Post By: ykmkmdd
Oct 6, 2012 9:06 PM
The "Open Air" festival stretching out past the Brandenburg Gate is obviously the biggest New Years shindig in Berlin, but what with the fact that I'll have been in 40 degree C (104 F) weather mere days before, I really don't think I can handle an entire winter evening in Berlin standing outside.
Can anyone offer any alternatives? I assume that most big clubs will hold events that they will sell tickets for? Money isn't an obstacle: New Years in Berlin is a pretty big deal for a Perth girl, so I want to go all out. Ideally somewhere warm with good electro music.
Also interested in hearing the best places for shopping. Since Australia's idea of winter wear is a long sleeve cardigan instead of a tank top, my first port of call is going to be a pair of shoes that can stand up to snow/rain/freezing temperatures.
Any help and recommendations are welcomed!
Oct 6, 2012 9:33 PM
Before you head off to the winter of Europe, go to an adventure/camping store in Perth (Kathmandu / Rays Outdoor and the like) and get yourself:
1) a few merino wool or polyprop garments for layering against the cold
2) good woolen socks (at least 2 pairs)
3) good walking/hiking shoes/boots (eg Hi-tec brand) that is waterproof AND break them in by wearing them for a few weeks
4) a woolen scarf
5) a windproof and/or waterproof jacket (long-ish to keep the rain/snow out)
Don't need to buy too much but a few basics as outlined above will get you through until you can need to buy something more substantial (overcoat perhaps) if required, when in Berlin.
Oct 6, 2012 11:41 PM
2Weatherwise, there is no way to predict for New Year...Last one was fairly mild (above freezing, but damp and windy = not pleasant!)
If you enjoy that, there is a number of Christmas Markets still going on, until january 1st, like the one in Gendarmenmarkt...but it means outdoors, and night time (better in dark hours), and a bit of cold!
Glühwein and other "inside fuels" will help....
Oct 7, 2012 1:20 AM
3I have lived in Hobart: walking to work at 6 am in the dark watching the sun rise on a snow capped Mount Wellington, but I know even that won't prepare me for a European winter. I can deal with the cold, I just think an entire evening (i.e. from sunset to sunrise) will detract from the experience.
Plus, being a shallow young woman, I would rather be cold than unfashionable =P
Oct 7, 2012 2:19 AM
Oct 8, 2012 10:36 AM
you, being not used to any outdoor activities for hours in fu...freezing conditions, since you are coming from Australia, skip the Brandenburg Gate party. It could be really icy, which is not even the worst weather condition, i can think of. If it should be windy, humid, misty and cold at the same time, it´s going to be really awful. I don´t know, where in Berlin you are going to stay, but it´s best to stay in a nice place close to your home-base and spend new year´s eve there with a nice meal and some drinks in a local restaurant/"Kneipe". Otherwise it´ll be a pain in the ass to find a taxi back home.
Anyway, you have to expect to spend approx. 1 hour around midnight outside. The most important thing is, to keep your extremities warm. Bring mittens, warm socks and shoes and a woolen cap. Keep your hands, feet and head warm. In between, you could/should wear a cocktail dress covered by a down overcoat and a thick scarf. That´s all you need for a new year´s eve in Berlin. (Take a plastic-bag with you for the cocktail-dress-shoes/pumps.) All of the gear, you can buy easily in any department store in Berlin.
Oct 8, 2012 6:56 PM
6I disagree that you can buy all the gear in Berlin.
I would definitely get the hiking boots now in Aussieland and break them in before going to Berlin. I would also buy 1-2 pairs of woolen socks plus some warm gear, especially a sweater. Breaking in the boots beforehand can make or break your trip.
Yes, you can pick up stuff in Berlin, but for 1-2 days you will be miserable until you do.
Tip: Pantyhose under a jeans are a good idea. For really cold days try pantyhose, long silk pyjama pants and jeans. Or jeans and leggings. No need to buy long woolen underwear. A long sleeved t-shirt also works instead of a woolen undershirt. Layering is the trick. I do agree though that woolen undershirts are nice - I love the one I got at C&A. :)
BTW, when I was in a similar situation to yours (travelling for a week around Southern Germany in December before hitting the airport in Munich to fly to Egypt for 6 weeks) I combined two longsleeved t-shirts, one thick fleece sweater and a very light rain jacket. It worked quite well instead of one thick jacket. For shoes I wore trainers/sneakers with wool socks. It was a bit too cold, but I managed. I would have liked to go for hiking boots, but those would have been even more cumbersome to log around in Egypt than the sneakers.
Oct 9, 2012 6:50 AM
7there is no guarantee for really cold weather.
new year in berlin can be from +5°C to -20°C, so what to dress ;)
in every case - long clothes!
jeans, tights, top with a pullover over it, a jacket and no summer shoes. put your heels in your handbag for clubbing ;)
if you consider couchsurfing i recommend to ask your host. and at all, clothes are really cheap if you dismiss the trendy brands.
Oct 23, 2012 7:15 AM
8Thanks for the tips!
Have just booked a room at the Ibis near Berghain where I have my fingers crossed I will be spending NYE. I heard that cloak rooms are a lot more useful in Germany than Australia so I should be fine to dress warmly then leave all of my gear there until we leave.
Getting excited now!
Oct 23, 2012 7:17 AM
Nov 21, 2012 12:05 AM
10Little late to the party but there's some decent suggestions on here:
Odyssee sounds pretty wicked, think that's where I would be headed if I was in town this year!
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$171.47 per night