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New Years Eve In Vienna Austria

Updated on October 11, 2013

New Year FireWorks At Giant Ferris Wheel


Vienna New Year's Party

Have a good rest in the morning of the 31st December. New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna start right after lunch. By that time, the whole of Vienna's historic city centre will have transformed into one gigantic party zone, called 'Silvesterpfad'.

At 2pm, head for St. Stephen's Cathedral and take part in free Vienna waltz dance lessons at the square in front. You will need waltzing skills for later.

Keep yourself warm with mulled wine, hot chestnuts and warm potato roesti from the many New Year's Eve stalls in town.

Take a stroll through the city centre and listen to different live bands.

Strauss Operetta 'Die Fledermaus'


New Year's Eve Opera

We Viennese have a special opera, actually an operetta, that is traditionally performed on New Year's Eve in Vienna's State Opera and Volksoper: Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus' ('The Bat')

The operetta is a super amusing comedy of errors about life in Vienna during the crumbling Habsburg Empire at the start of the 20th century. Strauss music is easy on the ear and includes lots of catchy tunes. Tickets usually sell out fast, therefore make sure you know where to go when booking Vienna opera tickets for 'Die Fledermaus'.

Vienna New Year's Eve Run

Joining Vienna's annual International New Year's Eve Run is a fab way to warm up for the night ahead. The track is just 5.4 kilometres and takes places right on Ringstrasse boulevard. You can sight run along the Vienna State Opera, famous museums, the Austrian parliament, Vienna City Hall, the University of Vienna and Vienna's Stadtpark. The run takes place at 11am, and will leave you enough time to rest and prepare for your nightly outing.

New Year's Eve Run Of The Chimney Sweeps


New Year's Eve Balls In Vienna

If you are not into operettas but want an elegant New Year's Eve, go for one of the two big New Year's Eve balls in Vienna: Le Grand Bal in the sparkling Redouten Halls of the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), or the equally glamorous gala dinner and ball at neogothic Vienna City Hall. There is no need for you to dance but you can if you want to. To freshen up your waltz dance skills, you can either join the free dance lessons at St. Stephen's Square in the afternoon, or take private waltz lessons (available in English) at one of Vienna's traditional dancing schools.

New Year's Eve Gala At Vienna City Hall


Best New Year's Eve Dinners In Vienna

There are a few restaurants in Vienna that make for a great New Year's Eve celebration. I have picked those of my favourites that offer a splendid view over the city centre so you can enjoy the fireworks. Obviously, those are the places you will need to book early as tables will be snatched weeks, if not months before the 31st December.

Le Loft at Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Dine at 75 metres from the ground at French architect Jean Nouvel's stylish hotel and restaurant. The gourmet restaurant serves Alsation cuisine with a twist, and offers excellent views of the city centre and fireworks.

Le Loft


DO and CO Restaurant at Stephansplatz

The best way to enjoy New Year's dinner right at the heart of the town is DO and CO's Asian inspired restaurant, which also serves Viennese cuisine. Ask for a table at the window for perfect views of St. Stephen's Cathedral next door, and the historic pedestrian area.

New Year's Eve Gala At Cafe Restaurant Kahlenberg

From the restaurant right on one of Vienna's most popular hills in the Vienna Woods you can oversee the whole of Vienna, and the Danube. The restaurant usually arranges a New Year's Eve Gala with live dance and music, around a sumptuous multiple course menu.

Sky Restaurant and Bar

The Sky restaurant may be on top of a department store (Steffl) but offers no less glamorous rooftop views right from the city centre. You can enjoy good Viennese cuisine while gazing out of the large windows right onto St. Stephen's Cathedral - make sure you get this view when booking a table.

Best Place For Midnight Snacks And Drinks: Ritz Carlton Vienna

If you just want to enjoy the fireworks from a perfect and elegant spot with a few drinks and snacks, head for the rooftop bar and lounge of Hotel Ritz Carlton along Ringstrasse boulevard. You will get unobstructed views of St. Stephen's Cathedral and baroque Church St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche), and the bursts of fireworks in between.

Best Places To Watch New Year's Fireworks

The best places to watch New Year's fireworks in Vienna are:

  • Graben and Stephansplatz in the city centre
  • Heldenplatz, in front of the Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
  • Rathausplatz, in front of Vienna City Hall
  • Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna's parter amusement park
  • Vienna Woods, especially Kahlenberg, Leopoldsberg and Nussberg (45 minutes from city centre; there will be all night bus services to and from the city centre on New Year's Eve)

New Year's Eve Fireworks In Vienna

Dance The New Year's Waltz

Unless you are tied up in another party or at a ball, make sure you are prepared for the traditional New Year's waltz right after Vienna's Pummerin bell strikes 12. The whole of the historic city centre will turn into a dance floor, and the square in front of the Giant Ferris Wheel. If you don't have a dance partner, grab a stranger - it is common!

Best New Year's Eve Parties

There are several New Year's Eve parties going on in Vienna every year, among them the Cirque Rouge, Volksgarten and Cafe Leopold parties which are my favourites. You can access a list of the best parties from the link below, which has includes regularly updated information.

Cirque Rouge New Year's Eve Party


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      4 years ago

      Horrible.. Lots of people... Zero fireworks... Blah


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