Celebrating the New Year in Austria can be a most fascinating and exciting experience. Just imagine going to a music concert in Vienna, performed by the Philharmonic orchestra! A program consisting of lively music from the great selection of the Johann Strauss family and their peers will lift up your soul. And at the stroke of midnight all church bells throughout Austria toll 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, while experiencing beautiful fireworks. Around New Year, Austria is the place to be when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in style. So, why not give it a second thought…..
Several events, celebrations and festivals take place in Austria during this time of the year. Vienna’s entire inner city is one big celebration. The Sylvesterpfad or New Year’s Eve Trail, starts at 14h00 on December 31 and ends at 02h00 on January 1 and is definitely the utmost highlight. A great atmosphere can be enjoyed as much at a celebration dinner or festal ball, as it can at a concert, the opera, in a with-it club or a classy bar. Superb exhibitions and a stunning range of events, concerts, operas, operettas and the hit musicals “Mary Poppins” and “Mamma Mia!” promise a New Year’s Eve program packed with excitement throughout the day and night. To kick off the festivities marking 150 years of the Ringstrasse in 2015, the Ringstrasse in front of the Burgtheater will also be included in the New Year’s Eve Trail this year, where everything will rotate around the music of the waltz. A large firework display will be held on City Hall Square and in the Prater at midnight. Another smart way to salute the turn of the year, is at the New Year’s Eve Le Grand Bal. All throughout Austria, you will experience fireworks. Innsbruck, for example, has brass band parades and evening displays in the Old Town at New Year’s Eve. Graz and other smaller cities also offer a series of events to celebrate.
Traditional celebrations of New Year in Austria involve preparing a punch with ingredients of cinnamon, sugar, and red wine, which then is pledged to Saint Sylvester. There is another tradition of burning of mortars, which is believed to tip over all the evil spirits and negative energies of the past, and guarantee everything pleasant and positive for the coming time of the New Year. Ischgl is a famous party hub as well! Anyone who wants to enjoy skiing during daytime and party in the evening will quickly see that Ischgl is the perfect destination. During the day, the many slopes and fun parks urge you to relax totally, and in the evening you can think over the day’s events in the best mood to celebrate the New Year. The highlight of New Year’s Eve in Ischgl is the fireworks. On the Ischgl promenade you can toast the New Year and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display! It is also easy to see why St Anton also continues to attract youthful visitors who are keen to ski and party hard. It has got acres of exciting ski terrain serviced by a remarkable fleet of gleaming new lifts and some of the liveliest après-ski bars in Europe. Spending New Year’s Eve in a ski resort is a fantastic experience, with a definite sense of being at the beginning of not just a New Year but a new season, with plenty more skiing days to come.