How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Vienna

Posted by on 29 Dec 2011

New Year’s Eve is coming our way. If you are in Vienna and still searching for the right place to celebrate the turn of the year, here are some recommendations for you:

Eating out, yummie!
A good diner might be the best thing to start the New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, most of the restaurants in Vienna are booked out at 31st December… But don’t give up hope, just contact our reception staff in the hostels! They are happy to help you with your restaurant reservation. Or check this website for restaurants opened on New Year’s Eve.

Watching fireworks

Vienna New Year's Fireworks

Vienna New Year's Fireworks

You just love fireworks? Than the hills and viewpoints around Vienna are your places to be to enjoy awesome panoramas of the city’s skyline and the fireworks in the sky. We recommend the Kahlenberg, the Cobenzl, the Himmelwiese or the Leopoldsberg in Viennas 19th district. All of which can be reached with the 38A bus from the U4 metro terminal station Heiligenstadt (just hop on the U4 metro in front of our wombats “The Naschmarkt”). If you want to stay in the centre of Vienna, we recommend the roof of the public library at the Urban-Loritz-Platz (just some 10 minutes walking from our hostel “The Lounge”).

The biggest Party in Austria
If you want celebrate a “traditional” Viennese New Year in the heart of the city and among masses of people; the “Silvesterpfad” (engl. “New Year Trail”) should be your choice. The whole city centre turns into a massive street party, way more than half a million people celebrating. The program includes various performances, concerts, DJ acts and entertainment at historical sights like Heldenplatz, Stephansplatz, City Hall or the Prater. At midnight you can experience the most traditional Austrian way of stepping from one year to the next in front of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral: while Austria’s largest bell, the “Pummerin”, rings in the new year people are dancing the “Donauwalzer” (engl. The Blue Danube Waltz).

wombats!!!
If you want to celebrate with really cool international people, than our hostels might be the place to be for you. All our houses are booked out, there will be parties with our guests and staff with various specials. Just watch out and ask our staff or other guests to get more information.

Nightclubbing
If you like to party all night long, then get into one of Vienna’s best clubs to rock and dance: In the U4, one of the most legendary discos of Vienna, there are four international New Year celebrations, one each hour from 10 p.m. (Sansibar) till 1 a.m. (London). The Flex provides a 14-hour Silvester-Rave, including many DJ’s from different electronic styles. The Fluc also brings up a great range of different DJ sets without entrance fee (yeah!). And those who prefer minimal and dub step should definitely go to the Pratersauna – they present their “finest national artist showcase”.

Well, what more to say? We wish you a happy New Year! See you in 2012!

Photo of fireworks © jeanleo under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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