New Year's Eve fireworks over Vienna City Hall

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New Year's Eve in Vienna

Vienna is a city of pleasure. That becomes especially clear on New Year's Eve, when the whole city celebrates. High spirits abound at gala dinners, in concert halls, at the opera or in chic bars.

Vienna New Year's Eve Trail

A highlight on December 31 is the Vienna New Year's Eve Trail. From 2.00 pm in the afternoon to 2.00 am 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 punch, sparkling wine, 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. At midnight, visitors to the New Year's Eve Trail dance into the new year to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz and the Pummerin, the famous bell in St. Stephen's Cathedral. It so happens that the Pummerin only rings on special occasions. One of them is the change of year. The ringing of the Pummerin on New Year's Eve is even broadcast on radio and TV, followed by Johann Strauss's famous Blue Danube Waltz.

Superb exhibitions and a dazzling array of concerts, operas, operetta hits, and the musical highlights Rebecca and The Hunchback of Notre Dame promise New Year's Eve guests a diverse program by day and night again this year.

"Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss is performed in traditional style at the Vienna State Opera on New Year's Eve. And on New Year's Day, all of Vienna watches the traditional TV broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert while enjoying a morning "hangover cure" brunch. Some Viennese hotels also broadcast the event live at a cozy brunch.

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