New Year's Eve in times of Coronavirus in Berlin

New Year's Eve in times of Coronavirus in Berlin

Parties, fireworks and joyful celebration: New Year's Eve in Berlin is synonymous with lavish festivities. This year, however, the Coronavirus pandemic calls for more prudent and cautious New Year's Eve celebrations.

Eine große Wunderkerze brennt in der Silvesternacht

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Note: This article was archived on 03 January 2022 and is no longer updated.
On New Year's Eve, Berlin is positively vibrating with anticipation for the evening's festivities. In 2021, a year still largely defined by the Coronavirus pandemic, however, the focus still lays on caution and efforts to stop the spread of the virus. When social distancing and individual hygiene rules are observed and diligently practiced, however, Berliners and visitors do not have to do without a celebration. Here are the dos and don’ts for New Year's Eve in Berlin in 2021.

Important notes

The data is checked regularly. The regulations stated below refer to the First Ordinance Amending the Fourth SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, which applies from 28 December. (Last updated: 29 December 2021)

Family gatherings

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Many families love to celebrate the New Year together with loved ones. This year, this is only possible in a limited form. To avoid infection hotspots, get-togethers with an unlimited number of people are not allowed over the holidays. The following guidelines apply for family gatherings with more than one household present:

  • Members of one household may meet with a maximum of two people from another household.
  • Children under 14 are not counted.
  • For gatherings where only vaccinated people and people who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection are present, different guidelines apply: Up to 10 people can meet, regardless of their household membership. Children under 14 do not have to be vaccinated or recovered.
  • It is recommended to keep as much distance as possible from persons from risk groups and to air out closed spaces regularly.

Staying in a hotel
Berlin's hotels are open and look forward to welcoming guests. However, the 2G model is obligatory: guests must either be fully vaccinated or be considered recovered.

Private fireworks

Explodierender Silvester-Böller
There is no general ban on New Year's Eve fireworks in Berlin. Families can therefore let their rockets fly into the sky or set off firecrackers in the garden or outside the front door. Such activities are permitted for Class 2 fireworks only on December 31 and January 01. In some districts, the time window is further restricted to the period between December 31, 6 pm and January 01, 07 am.

As in previous years, public gatherings and fireworks are banned on many busy streets and squares in Berlin. The ban applies from 31 December to 1 January. Those in violation are subject to a fine. In addition to Alexanderplatz and the area around Pallasstraße in Schöneberg, which are prohibited zones every year, 53 other zones have been defined.

In addition, on 02 December 2021 the Federal Government also agreed on a ban on the sale of rockets and firecrackers.

Public fireworks

Silvester 2018 am Brandenburger Tor
The big New Year's Eve fireworks above the Brandenburg Gate are the highlight of New Year's Eve every year. However, as in 2020, the traditional fireworks display will not be held this year. The New Year's Eve party at Brandenburg Gate will take place in 2021 as a TV-only event without an audience on site. Some small fireworks will be shown on TV as part of the show on stage.

The popular four fireworks displays at the Europa Center will also not take place in 2021.


Berlin is known for its wild New Year's Eve parties. This year, however, no public parties will be able to take place as commercial dance events are strictly prohibited.

New Year's Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate
The New Year's Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate needs no introduction. Every year, hundreds of thousands of guests flock to Berlin's famous landmark to celebrate the New Year together. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however, this year's event is planned as a TV-only show, as it was last year. At 8:15 pm on December 31, the TV channel ZDF will broadcast the live show "Welcome 2022" directly from the Brandenburg Gate.

Dinner for One

Dinner for One
At least in one respect, the motto«same procedure as every year» will also apply in 2021: The popular comedy sketch Dinner for One will be widely broadcast on German television again this year.

Dinner for One: Broadcast dates on New Year's Eve 2021

  • 3:40 pm - NDR
  • 4:45 pm - ARD
  • 5:35 pm - WDR
  • 6:45 pm - BR
  • 7 pm - MDR
  • 7 pm - rbb
  • 7:10 pm - HR
  • 7:25 pm - SWR
  • 7:40 pm - NDR
  • 11:35 pm - NDR
If you haven't had enough yet, you can continue watching right away on 01 January:

  • 00:05 am - BR
  • 03:45 am - rbb
  • 05:10 am - ARD

Overview: Places where private fireworks are prohibited

In addition to Alexanderplatz and the area around Pallasstraße in Schöneberg, where fireworks are prohibitedevery year, the ban on fireworks and public gatherings applies to the following 53 areas:

  • The area around Alte Frankfurter Allee/ Siegfriedstraße/ Bahnhof Lichtenberg, delimited by Siegfriedstraße 212, the Frankfurter Allee/ Gudrunstraße intersection, and Frankfurter Allee 233.
  • The area of Köpenick Old Town, delimited by Lange Brücke, Dammbrücke, Katzengrabensteg, Amtsstraße, and Müggelheimer Straße.
  • The area of Spandau Olt Town, delimited by Am Juliusturm, the river Havel, Stabholzgarten, and Altstädter Ring
  • The area around Annemirl-Bauer-Platz, delimited by the Sonntagstraße/ Lenbachstraße intersection, the Neue Bahnhofstraße/ Simplonstraße intersection, Ostkreuz station, the Lehnbachstraße/ Revaler Straße intersection, and the Lehnbachstraße/ Simplonstraße intersection
  • The area around Köpenick station, delimited by the Mahlsdorfer Straße/ Am Bahndamm intersection, Borgmannstraße, Puchanstraße, the Bahnhofstraße/ Annenallee intersection, and Hämmerlingstraße
  • The Brandenburger Tor/ Tiergarten area, delimited by Scheidemannstraße, Ebertstraße, Lennéstraße, Tiergartenstraße, Hofjägerallee, Großer Stern, Spreeweg, and John-Foster-Dulles-Allee (the authorised participants and guests of the event "Celebrate at the Gate - New Year's Eve at the Brandenburg Gate 2022)" are exempt from the ban in this area).
  • The area around Breitscheidplatz, delimited by Budapester Straße, the Europa Center, Tauentzienstraße, Kurfürstendamm, the commercial building Kurfürstendamm 11, and Kantstraße
  • The area around Drachenfliegerberg (Kleiner Teufelsberg), delimited by the Tannenbergallee/ Heerstraße intersection, Teufelsseechaussee, and Grunewald forest
  • The Falkenhagener Feld area, delimited by Radelandstraße, Hohenzollernring, the Deutsche Bahn AG railway line, Wolfshorst, Reckeweg, and the Berlin/Brandenburg state border
  • The area around Frankfurter Tor, delimited by Petersburger Straße 2/4, Frankfurter Allee 1/2, Warschauer Straße 7/8, and Karl-Marx-Allee 140/143
  • The Gesundbrunnen area, delimited by Badstraße 6, the Badstraße/ Brunnenstraße intersection, Behmstraße 28, Swinemünder Brücke, Hanne-Sobeck-Platz, and Brunnenstraße 105
  • The Heerstraße Nord area, delimited by Cosmarweg, Maulbeerallee, Blasewitzer Ring, the Hasenheide garden allotment, Meydenbauerweg, Meesterweg, and the Aufstall field
  • The area around Hermannplatz, delimited by the Urbanstraße/ Sonnenallee intersection and the Hasenheide/ Karl-Marx-Straße intersection
  • The Hermannstraße area, delimited by the Hermannstraße/ Allerstraße intersection and the Hermannstraße/ Siegfriedstraße intersection
  • The Huttenkiez area, delimited by Rostocker Strasse 13/41, Beusselstraße 27/61 to 12/78, Turmstraße 58/63, and the Huttenstraße/ Rostocker Straße intersection
  • Johannisthaler Chaussee/Fritz-Erler-Allee area (Gropiusstadt), delimited by Fritz-Erler-Allee 50/53, the Fritz-Erler-Allee/ Lipschitzallee intersection, the Lipschitzallee/ Kölner Damm intersection, the Kölner Damm/ Johannisthaler Chaussee intersection, and Johannisthaler Chaussee 263
  • The area around Karl-Marx-Straße, delimited by Hermannplatz and Neukölln subway station
  • The Kottbusser Tor/ Kottbusser Damm are, delimited by the Kottbusser Tor/ Adalbertstraße intersection, the Kottbusser Tor/ Skalitzer Straße intersection, the Kottbusser Tor/ Reichenbergerstraße intersection, the Kottbusser Damm/ Hermannplatz/ Urbanstraße/ Sonnenallee intersection, and Hohenstaufenplatz
  • The Leopoldplatz area, delimited by Maxstraße, Schulstraße, Müllerstraße, and Nazarethkirchstraße
  • The Lichtenberger Brücke area, delimited by Frankfurter Allee 248/opposite of 263/266
  • Märkisches Viertel, delimited by Calauer Straße, the Calauer Straße/ Senftenberger Ring intersection, Senftenberger Ring, Uhlandstraße, Wilhelmsruher Damm, the Wilhelmsruher Damm/ Finsterwalder Straße intersection, Finsterwalder Straße, and the Finsterwalder Straße/Calauer Straße intersection
  • Mauerpark, delimited by Gleimstraße, Gleimtunnel, Am Falkplatz, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Eberswalder Straße, Wolliner Straße, and Graunstraße
  • The Mehrower Allee area (Marzahn North), delimited by the Mehrower Allee/ Blumberger Damm intersection, andthe Mehrower Allee/ Märkische Allee intersection
  • The Modersohnbrücke area, delimited by the Modersohnstraße/ Revaler Straße intersection and Modersohnstraße 33/34
  • Monbijoupark/James-Simon-Park, delimited by Oranienburger Straße, Kleine Präsidentenstraße, the river Spree, and Monbijoustraße
  • The area around Oranienplatz/Oranienstraß, delimited by the Moritzplatz/ Prinzenstraße intersection, the Oranienstraße/ Dresdener Straße intersection, the Oranienplatz/ Legiendamm intersection, the Oranienplatz/ Leuschnerdamm intersection, the Oranienplatz/ Naunynstraße intersection, the Oranienstraße/ Skalitzer Straße intersection, the Oranienplatz/ Erkelenzdamm intersection, and the Oranienplatz/ Segitzdamm intersection
  • The area around Potsdamer Platz, delimited by the Ebertstraße/ Voßstraße intersection, the Bellevuestraße/ Auguste-Hauschner-Straße intersection, the Leipziger Straße/ Leipziger Platz intersection, the Ebertstraße/ Alte Potsdamer Straße intersection, and the Potsdamer Straße/Varian-Fry-Straße intersection
  • The Potsdamer Straße/ Kurfürstenstraße area, delimited by Potsdamer Strasse 105/116 to 117/130 and Kurfürstenstraße 26/155 to 33/149
  • The Potsdamer Straße/ Lützowstraße area, delimited by Potsdamer Straße 65/80 to 79/92 and Lützowstraße 20/95 to 25/88
  • The Potsdamer Straße/ Pohlstraße area, delimited by Potsdamer Straße 93/102 to 105/116 and Pohlstraße 46/53 to 62/75
  • The RAW area, delimited by Revaler Straße, Modersohnstraße, the Deutsche Bahn AG railway premises, and Warschauer Straße
  • The area around Reinickendorfer Strasse 84 (Maxhöfe), delimited by Reinickendorfer Straße 79 to 87 and the publicly accessible courtyard of the buildings on Reinickendorfer Straße 82 to 87
  • The area around Roederplatz, delimited by Weißenseer Weg, Herzbergstraße, Möllendorfstraße, and Paul-Junius-Straße
  • The area around Rosenthaler Platz, delimited by Weinbergsweg 2/27, Torstraße 118/119 to 131/132, and Rosenthaler Straße 1/72A to 2/196
  • The area around the skate park on Falkenberger Chaussee/ Vincent-van-Gogh-Straße, delimited by Falkenberger Chaussee, Vincent-van-Gogh-Straße, and Warnitzer Straße
  • The Simon-Dach-Kiez, delimited by Grünberger Straße, the Modersohnstraße/ Gärtnerstraße intersection, Revaler Straße, and Warschauer Straße
  • The Sonnenallee area between Hermannplatz, Treptower Straße
  • Spandauer Neustadt, delimited by Hohenzollernring, Falkenseer Damm, and the Havel river
  • The Sparrplatz area between Sprengelstraße, Sparrstraße, and Lynarstraße
  • The Thermometersiedlung, delimited by Celsiusstraße, the Celsiusstraße/ Fahrenheitstraße intersection, the Réaumurstraße/ Celsiusstraße intersection, and the Celsiusstraße garden allotment
  • The Traveplatz area between Traveststraße, Jessnerstraße, Oderstraße, and Weichselstraße
  • Treptower Park, delimited by the river Spree, the Alt Treptow/ Bulgarische Straße intersection, Bulgarische Straße, Am Treptower Park, and Elsenstraße
  • The area around Eberswalder Straße subway station, delimiteed by the Schönhauser Allee/ Topsstraße intersection, Pappelalllee 5A/88, the Danziger Straße/ Knaackstraße/ Lychener Straße intersection, the Schönhauser Allee/ Kastanienallee intersection, Kastanienallee 9/100, and Eberswalder Straße 19/31
  • The area around Nauener Platz subway station, delimited by the Reinickendorfer Straße/ Liebenwalder Straße intersection and Schulstraße 40/103 to 41/ opposite Reinickendorfer Straße 52/74
  • The area around Seestraße subway station, delimited by Müllerstraße 135/ opposite 40B/138 and Seestraße 43/95 to 46/93A
  • The area around Volkspark am Weinbergsweg, delimited by Veteranenstraße, Brunnenstraße, Weinbergsweg, and Fehrbelliner Straße
  • The Warschauer Brücke area, delimited by the Helsingsforser Straße/ Warschauer Straße intersection and Warschauer Straße station
  • The area around Warschauer Straße, delimited by the Helsingsforser Straße/ Warschauer Straße intersection, the Warschauer Straße/ Revaler Straße intersection, and Frankfurter Tor subway station
  • The Wasserstadtbrücken area between Rauchstraße, Daumstraße, Pohleseestraße, and Hugo-Cassirer-Straße
  • The Weitlingstraße area between Frankfurter Allee and Lückstraße
  • Th Werner-Düttmann-Siedlung area between Urbanstraße, Jahnstraße, Hasenheide, and Graefestraße
  • The area around Wismarplatz, delimited by Weserstraße, Gryphiusstraße, the Wismarplatz/ Boxhagener Straße intersection, and the Wismarplatz/Grünberger Straße intersection
  • Wrangelkiez/Görlitzer Park, delimited by Skalitzer Straße, May-Ayim-Ufer, Am Oberbaum, Schlesische Straße, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor, Cuvrystraße, Görlitzer Ufer, Görlitzer Straße, and Wiener Straße

Source: BerlinOnline/

| Last edited: 3. January 2022