In Berlin and Cologne police reported that the New Year’s started peacefully. Apart from two cases of sexual harassment, there no trouble reported.
After the attack that happened around two weeks ago, security was increased drastically to ensure safety amongst the people in Germany. For the Festmeile, police enforced the road towards the Brandenburg Gate with concrete barriers. Organisers of the special evening said that thousands of people showed up despite the previous attacks at the Christmas market.
Saturday afternoon prolonged into Sunday early morning with fireworks and celebrations together with a massive display around midnight for the countdown. A big relief shared amongst many that at least, New Year started on a positive note.