In a country where the legal drinking age begins at 14 and the closing hours for bars are unregulated, Germany has cultivated a well-deserved reputation as one of the hippest European party destinations. A thriving house music scene is the backbone of the intense clubbing that takes place in historic and abandoned buildings throughout Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt.
Most clubs really heat up around midnight, and after-hour parties begin around 6 a.m. In Kreuzberg, the dual-deck Watergate Club sings with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Spree River and its illuminated bridge, which gives the surreal impression that you are dancing on water. In Munich, more than 5,000 revelers pack the multistory 4004 Arena, while international celebrities blend into the hazy purple glow at P1.
More than 5 million people descend upon Germany in the autumn for the beer-fueled Oktoberfest, while more than 1 million partyers gather in Tiergarten Park each summer for the Love Parade. One of the trendiest hotels in East Berlin is The Circus Hotel, which has a funky vibe that attracts backpackers and clubbers alike.
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