New Year's Eve in Vienna

Silvesterfeuerwerkt am Rathaus Wien

Vienna has always known how to celebrate - and especially on New Year’s Eve. Preparations for the New Year start right after the Christmas holidays with the New Year’s markets. The New Year’s Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, the New Year’s Eve Village on Maria Theresia Square and the Winter Market on Giant Ferris Wheel Square offer lucky charms, arts and crafts, culinary delights and music.

In the afternoon of New Year’s Eve the big party starts at 14 o’clock. If you can’t wait or are worried about maltreating your partner’s feet too painfully at the Danube Waltz, you can hurry to the ditch in the city centre. There the Viennese dance schools show how three-quarter time works. On the countless stages of the city’s New Year’s Eve Trail, the music already plays in the afternoon. Live bands and DJs offer pop, rock, soul, blues, funk, disco, jazz and classical music for every taste. And the gastronomers of the Silvesterpfad spoil with the typical delicacies goulash soup, Sacherwürstel, Kaiserschmarren and New Year’s doughnuts.

Those who prefer to watch others dance are in the right place at Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz at the Vienna State Opera: there you can see atmospheric opera and ballet scenes on the LED screen before the transmission of the Johann Strauss operetta “Die Fledermaus” from the Vienna State Opera begins at 7 pm.

For children, a visit to the Haus der Musik or the Seestadt Aspern, which both offer a colourful programme for bright minds, is particularly recommended. An insider tip of the Viennese is New Year’s Eve in the local mountains: past vineyards, through the Vienna Woods, up to Cobenzl, to heaven; to Kahlenberg or Leopoldsberg. Nowhere else can you admire the midnight fireworks so wonderfully.

Celebrations take place everywhere in this city - and the twelfth chime of the Pummerin’s bell says “Alles Walzer!” for the whole of Vienna: thousands dance in three-quarter time. Nothing is more connected with the hope for the coming good than the “Beautiful Blue Danube”, the Danube waltz by Johann Strauss. Meanwhile the fireworks glow in the night sky and bathe the city in enchanting light. And on New Year’s Day? Will the transmission of the legendary New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic be enjoyed from 11 a.m. on Rathausplatz.

Source: Wien Tourismus