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New Year's Celebrations

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.

Around New Year, Austria is the place to be and when it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve in style, no other city beats Vienna.

It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the first day of the new year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. The concert not only delights the audience in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoys great popularity worldwide, since it is broadcast on the PBS network.

On both evenings, the State Opera and the Volksoper give gala performances of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus".

An elegant way to celebrate the new year is at the New Year's Eve Ball, held annually at the Imperial Palace.

Vienna's entire inner city is one big celebration. The Sylvesterpfad "new year's path" starts at 2 pm on December 31 and ends at 2 am on January 1.  Enjoy concerts on the streets of Vienna. Dance to the ever-present sound of the waltz and experience the fireworks.

All throughout Austria fireworks will light up the sky. Innsbruck, for example, has brass band parades and evening fanfares in the Old Town.

At the stroke of midnight all church bells ring in the New Year. In major cities people dance in the streets into the New Year to the tunes of the famous Blue Danube Waltz.

New Year's Celebrations throughout Austria

  • New Year's in Vienna © Österreich Werbung, Foto: Popp New Year's in Vienna © Österreich Werbung, Foto: Popp
  • Fireworks in Austria © Österreich Werbung, Foto: Mallaun Fireworks in Austria © Österreich Werbung, Foto: Mallaun
  • New Year's in Salzburg © G. Breitegger New Year's in Salzburg © G. Breitegger
  • Fireworks at New Year's © Krainerhütte Fireworks at New Year's © Krainerhütte
  • New Year's in the Alps © Innsbruck Tourismus New Year's in the Alps © Innsbruck Tourismus
  • Torch Walk at New Year's © TVB Region Bad Gleichenberg, Fotograf: Werner Krug Torch Walk at New Year's © TVB Region Bad Gleichenberg, Fotograf: Werner Krug
  • New Year's in Kufstein, Tirol © Top City Kufstein New Year's in Kufstein, Tirol © Top City Kufstein
  • New Year's in Graz © Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer New Year's in Graz © Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer
  • New Year's fireworks in Innsbruck © Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen New Year's fireworks in Innsbruck © Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen

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