Silvester (new year) in Austria – photo – pixabay

New Year’s Celebrations in Austria

Whether you start the New Year in style attending the New Year’s Ball at the Imperial Palace, or celebrate it on the streets of any town in Austria – the choice is all yours.

So..heading to Austria for New Year’s Eve? Congratulations, you have made the right choice! Austria is the place to be to ring in the new year and take in the festive activities all around the country. Fireworks, concerts, balls, parties, you name it, Austria has it all! And if you have always dreamt of waltzing on the streets with a glass of bubbly in your hand at Midnight, even better, your time has officially come!

Vienna‘s entire inner city turns into a massive party zone on New Year’s Eve, which attracted up to one million people every year pre-Covid. The Silvesterpfad “New Year’s Path” starts at 2 pm on December 31 and ends at 2 am on January 1. Enjoy concerts on the streets, dance to the ever-present sound of the waltz and the latest chart hits and watch the fireworks at the stroke of Midnight, accompanied by all the church bells ringing (and half the town dancing to the Blue Danube Waltz on the street!). Wondering about the stalls selling little pigs, shamrocks and chimney sweeps along the path? Austrians are big on lucky charms. Other things we quite like on New Year’s (and any other winter day): mulled wine and punch to warm up!

If you prefer to count down the hours indoors, you might want to book a ticket for the New Year’s Eve Ball, held at the Imperial Palace (back in 2023). On New Year’s Eve and January 1, the Viennese State Opera and the Volksoper host gala performances of Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”).

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