If you're looking for an unforgettable way to start into the new year with lots of lights, glamorous balls and one of the biggest public New Year celebrations in Europe, Vienna is your place to be. We've put together our New Year highlights in the Austrian capital to make the most of your stay.
On December 31, the whole inner city turns into a huge party area from 2 pm until way past midnight. The event is called 'New Years Path' and it is literally a path surrounded by food trucks, stations to buy hot wine and Punsch and various music stages. It is one of the biggest New Year celebrations in Europe.
The Danube cruise line Blue Danube hosts a New Year's Gala on two of its ships. Enjoy a lovely dinner while cruising on the river and admire the fireworks at midnight from a great new perspective.
If there's one thing Vienna is famous for, its the glamorous balls and the traditional waltz. The Silvesterball at Hofburg is one of the most famous New Year balls in Vienna offering a curated program with classical music and traditional dances. So put on your smoking and your best dancing shoes - it's waltzing time.
Shortening the waiting time until midnight by enjoying an extended dinner menu sounds like quite a good idea to us. Our favourite dinner spots in the Vienna City Guide will help you choose the right one for you. Once you've decided for a restaurant, make sure to book a table in advance.
We love the Viennese club scene and to us, one of the best ways to start into the new year is by shaking it all off on the dancefloor to driving beats. The best adresses for a decent New Year's party night are the Grelle Forelle, the Pratersauna and the Loveball, celebrating the LGBTQ scene and love for all, at WUK.
If you'd like to start the New Year peacefully and with a romantic view we'd recommend you to take the U4 direction Heiligenstadt until the final stop 'Nussberg' and then hike up the little hill. From there you'll have an awesome view of the fireworks and are away from the big party crowds.