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A thrilling celebration in the city of music

New Year in Vienna

New Year in Vienna
Le Grand Bal at Hofburg

No matter where you spend New Year's Eve, it will be celebrated everywhere - certainly Austria's Capital City is worth a short holiday especially at this time. Vienna caters for all tastes. You can choose to follow the "New Year's Eve path", learn to waltz in just one hour, spend the night at the opera or join "Le Grand Bal".


The "New Year's Eve Path" in the city centre, at City Hall square and the Prater transforms Vienna into a giant party zone. Along the path dozens of gourmet food stalls serve you drinks and culinary treats. Numerous stations provide entertainment with shows, waltzes, an operetta, rock, pop and folk music as well as a DJ line up.


For those wanting to start the New Year dancing to the strains of the Blue Danube but feel out of practice, the Viennese dance schools offer crash courses on the Stephansplatz. If you have now found your dancing feet and yearn for more, Vienna offers a traditional ball on New Year's Eve.


Every year over 2500 visitors celebrate the turn of the year at "Le Grand Bal", the former Emperor's ball in the Viennese Hofburg Palace. An orchestra provides Viennese ballroom dancing favourites like the obligatory Polonaise, ballet scenes are danced by soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association and famous singers perform a series of popular arias.

At midnight the Pummerin (St. Stephan's Cathedral's bell) will ring in the New Year to a breath-taking firework display before guests dance their way into the New Year to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz. Tickets without seat reservations but with a complimentary glass of champagne are available from Euro 155,00 per person.


Another traditional highlight is a night at the opera staging Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus". Don't miss this musical gem! If you have still not had enough music there is the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert. In case you could not get one of the limited tickets you can enjoy it in classic Viennese fashion - on a big screen in front of the city hall with a "hangover cure" brunch.