Any night's a great night to go out in Berlin, Europe's undisputed party mecca. But you can count on Germany's capital—like cuckoo-clockwork—to offer an even more outrageously good time each New Year's Eve. Despite the usual northern European cold, more than 1 million locals and visitors will gather outside at the city's majestic Brandenburg Gate—which once straddled the city's divided East and West regions—to ring in 2014 and take in a dramatic fireworks display and laser light show.
The open-air, public party, stretching along 17th of June Street all the way to the gilded Victory Column, will feature performance stages, DJ towers, dance floors, dining outlets and even a Ferris wheel. Uninterrupted entertainment should keep you out on the streets until the wee hours of the morning. If you get a chill, the Continent's hippest, most cutting-edge collection of nightclubs, bars and lounges beckons.