At the change of year, the whole of Vienna is given over to partying and dancing. The New Year’s Eve Trail in the Old City is the highlight. A great ambience can be enjoyed as much at a gala dinner or festive ball as it can at a concert, the opera, in a hip club or a sophisticated bar.
On December 31, Vienna’s old city center transforms into a giant party zone: From 2 p.m. in the afternoon to 2 a.m. the following morning, top entertainment is guaranteed by the New Year’s Eve Trail in the city center, at City Hall Square and in the Prater. Along the New Year’s Eve Trail, dozens of gastronomes serve you punch and culinary treats. Numerous areas provided entertainment with show programs, waltzes, operetta, rock, pop, DJ lines and hit music. The classical area on Graben is a popular fixture. Vienna’s dance schools offer crash waltz dancing courses here during the afternoon and transform Graben into an idyllic open-air ballroom. A large firework display will be held on City Hall Square and in the Prater at midnight.
New Year’s Day in Vienna will be greeted in classic fashion with a morning “hangover cure” brunch – featuring a live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on a big screen – in front of City Hall, at the Rathausplatz (from 10 a.m.)
On The Giant Ferris Wheel – A popular saying goes: “If you’ve never been on the Giant Ferris Wheel, you’ve never really been to Vienna.” Take a spin on Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel and await the New Year in a romantic gondola high above the city’s rooftops. On December 31, this Viennese landmark will be running from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., and on January 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. After that, you can enjoy the New Year’s Eve Trail on Riesenradplatz and experience the grand musical fireworks display.
Above The Clouds – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at 6500 feet above Vienna … Soar into the New Year high above the city with a sightseeing flight in a private jet! On December 31 at 10 p.m., a Cadillac luxury limousine of your choice will collect you and your companions for the trip to the waiting private jet at Vienna International Airport. The flight departs at 11:30 p.m. Your crew and a champagne buffet prepared by Do&Co await you on board. At an altitude of 6500 feet, you can enjoy spectacular views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Giant Ferris Wheel and Vienna’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks, before returning to the airport’s General Aviation Center at 12:30 a.m., where your driver will be waiting to pick you up.
With A View From The Danube Tower – Fireworks as far as the eye can see: At the Danube Tower, you won’t just celebrate New Year’s Eve, you’ll be right in the thick of it! Spend an unforgettable evening above the roofs of Vienna and experience a spectacular change of year with a whole bunch of culinary highlights and a unique 360-degree panoramic view across the city. Guests can choose from between three packages in the newly renovated Danube Tower: New Year’s Eve gala menu at a height of 558 feet with elevator ride up the Danube Tower, entertainment program, multi-course menu including aperitif, Schlumberger sparkling wine, nonalcoholic drinks, beer, accompanying wines from notable Austrian vintners, digestif and coffee. Admission: 7:30 p.m., start: 8 p.m.
Aboard An Imperial Luxury Train – Experience the arrival of the New Year in grand imperial style aboard the Majestic Imperator Train de Luxe, a faithful reconstruction of Emperor Franz Joseph’s imperial train. The New Year’s Express will take you on a tour through Vienna and the surrounding area into the new year on rails. On the night-time trip around Vienna, enjoy a five-course gala dinner and the sounds of lively music in the dancing carriage. At midnight, the train stops on a bridge over the Danube to offer the best view of the magnificent fireworks above Vienna. Welcome the New Year with the Blue Danube Waltz in the middle of the Danube. Departs at 7:30 p.m. on December 31 from Vienna’s Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof station. Train returns to Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof station at approx. 2:15 a.m
On The Blue Danube – Welcome the new year at the New Year’s Eve Gala on board the festively decorated MS Dürnstein or MS Admiral Tegetthoff. Dance to atmospheric live music and hear the live broadcast of the Pummerin bell at midnight. Enjoy a wonderful view of Vienna’s fireworks from the open-air deck – at a safe distance from any firecrackers. Let the crew pamper you with an exclusive buffet and take you on a delightful culinary cruise. The boats depart from the pier at Wien/Reichsbrücke and cruise through Vienna on the Danube towards the lock at Greifenstein. The boats turn below the lock and return along the river towards the lights of Vienna. December 31, boarding at 7 p.m. at the Reichsbrücke in Vienna, boat departs at 8 p.m., returns to Reichsbrücke at 12:30 a.m., event ends at 3 a.m.
At One With Nature – Enjoy New Year’s Eve at the Oktogon café-restaurant “Am Himmel” in the 19th district with a sensational view over Vienna, the New Year’s Eve fireworks before and after midnight, and waltzing in the resonant setting of the “Circle of the Trees of Life” Am Himmel.
With Oriental Flair – With a hammam, restaurant, club and café, Moroccan inspired lifestyle and cuisine as well as a varied entertainment program, Aux Gazelles is a wonderful place to relax, dine and party. On New Year’s Eve, it is definitely the place to party in style: New Year’s Eve Hammam: Ritual cleansing to welcome in the New Year in a hammam bath, with body scrub and soap foam massage, peppermint tea, and a glass of orange blossom champagne (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.). From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., have the New Year’s Eve dinner buffet with select delicacies of modern Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine – including a glass of crémant as an apertif and to ring in the New Year, DJs, live music and belly dancing until the early hours of the morning.
At A Waltz Dance Class – Friends of the dance can learn the basics of the Viennese waltz at a dance class at 12:30 p.m. on December 31, 2018, in the Hofburg Vienna. Instructors from the renowned Elmayer Dance School introduce the participants to the art of the waltz. The ideal way to prepare for the dance into the new year. The class lasts about an hour.
At An Entertaining Dinner Show – Palazzo also celebrates New Year, with first-class entertainment and exquisite culinary delights. Acrobats and award-winning artists create a show in the unique atmosphere of the elegant mirror palace. Top chef Toni Mörwald has created a very special menu for this occasion. Enjoy fine, regional cuisine, excitingly presented with a contemporary twist. The grand New Year’s Eve gala event offers a show program as well as a five-course gourmet menu, a midnight buffet and an aftershow party with DJ. Starting at 7.30 p.m.
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