Welcome to the HOFBURG Silvesterball, the New Year’s Eve highlight in the heart of Vienna.
This year’s programme will bring top-class performers from the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, big-name bands and orchestras, as well as catchy rhythms spanning a full range of genres from waltz to jazz to the former imperial winter residence. In addition to a spellbinding opening ceremony, you will be treated to an unforgettable midnight show featuring the ringing of the Pummerin bell at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the traditional Blue Danube Waltz, a spectacular firework display on Heldenplatz, and the popular public quadrille in the imperial staterooms of the world-famous Hofburg palace. In the disco, a live DJ provides hot sounds deep into the early hours of the morning.
Savour the culinary delights that await at the glamorous four-course gala dinner, the Viennese coffeehouse, the chill-out lounge and the various New Year’s buffets and bars. Remember to pick your lucky four-leafed clover and pin your New Year’s resolutions to the special tree.
Celebrate a New Year’s Eve brimming with fun and laughter, immerse yourself in Vienna’s charming ball traditions and raise a champagne toast to the New Year with us.
The Hofburg Silvesterball is once again being held under the patronage of Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer this year.
We can’t wait to see you in the Austrian capital on New Year’s Eve.
What would the Viennese ball season be without the culinary highlights?
Choose between the fabulous four-course gala dinner included with a Grand Ticket, or the New Year’s Eve buffet. Available with a Star Ticket, the buffet offers hot and cold food – as well as typical Viennese ball specialities such as sausages and goulash soup at midnight.
Proceedings get underway with a musical reception accompanied by fanfares and a glass of sparkling wine. The four-course gala dinner is served on beautiful porcelain by waiters in tails. Your meal will be accompanied by fine wines from Austria, and a glass of genuine French champagne to see in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve gala dinner has been carefully crafted with outstanding attention to detail by Gerstner Catering.
Like Viennese ballroom culture, the capital’s coffeehouses are a special feature of the nation’s heritage. They offer a unique atmosphere where people come for intellectual discussion, a chat over a cup of coffee or simply to watch the world go by. You can savour a delicious Melange with a slice of apple strudel or Guglhupf as you listen to the melodies playing in our very own Viennese coffeehouse.
Our tip: Treat yourself to something special and take a slice of Vienna home with you. The humble Guglhupf, one of the nation’s most popular cakes, has a long history and is the perfect souvenir of your night at the Hofburg.
Fantastic cocktails flow in the chill-out lounge and disco. All the classic mixes and champagne cocktails are available alongside special New Year’s Eve compositions.
The official opening of the ball in the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal is an unforgettable highlight of New Year’s Eve at the imperial Hofburg palace.
It begins with Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Fächerpolonaise (fan polonaise) which provides the musical backdrop for the international debutantes from the Elmayer dance school as they file into the ballroom. This elegant procession is followed by the Austrian national anthem and the Anthem of Europe.
The opening ceremony reaches a stunning crescendo with a dance production featuring soloists from the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper created for the Silvesterball, specially choreographed for the Silvesterball.
Afterwards, the immortal words Alles Waltzer ring out, giving the debutantes their cue to leave the dance floor, and declaring the parquet open to all comers.
Amongst the sounds of Champagne corks popping and glasses clinking, a countdown will run down the last few seconds of the year.
At midnight the Pummerin at St. Stephen’s cathedral – the largest bell in Austria – will ring in the New Year. The fantastic firework display high above the rooftops is certain to leave you lost for words. Next, we will see in the New Year in classic style together as we join the dancers of the Staatsoper and the Volksoper for the legendary Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss.
A series of arias performed by soloists from the Vienna State opera and the Volksoper will round out the spectacular midnight show, providing the perfect start to the New Year.
Afterwards, ballgoers will be invited to step onto the dancefloor to join in the popular public quadrille, led by an instructor from the fêted Elmayer Dance School.
The dancing continues inside the Hofburg Vienna’s stunning staterooms, with ball orchestras in the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal. Get ready for elegant Viennese waltzes, pacey polkas, racy foxtrots, hot tangos, scintillating swing and hot-blooded Latin American steps!
Other orchestras in the Rittersaal, the Lanner-Strauss Ensemble in the Geheimer Ratsstube, in the Foyer and at the top of the Grand Staircase will also be providing hot rhythms. The repertoire will also feature famous Viennese salon music and Viennese classics. Exciting new arrangements of well-loved concert café pieces complete an evening brimming with musical surprises.
Enjoy cocktail in the chill out lounge and dance to live DJ sounds in the disco long into the early hours of the morning.
Admission of guests for gala dinner
Opening of the Grand Staircase
Admission of guests for grand ball opening
Opening of the Grand Staircase
Grand opening in the Zeremoniensaal
Grand opening in the Festsaal
Happy New Year
Ringing of the Pummerin (at St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the largest bell in Austria
Fireworks on Heldenplatz
Dancers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet
Blue Danube Waltz, Johann Strauss
Midnight show in the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal
12.30am and 2.30am
led by the Elmayer dance school
Welcome to LE GRAND BAL at the imperial Hofburg Vienna on 31 December 2012
The Austrian capital’s premier New Year’s Eve event and the prelude to the ball season.
The Hofburg Vienna invites you to a glittering night to remember in its imperial state rooms. After almost 40 years, the Kaiserball has made way for newcomer LE GRAND BAL which promises to be an unforgettable ball experience full of glitz and glamour. Get the New Year off to an elegant and stylish start as you take in the lavish decorations, dance away to toe-tapping rhythms supplied by a range of waltz ensembles and jazz bands, and enjoy dance performances by various ballet and opera stars. Our catering team will spoil you with a sumptuous gala dinner, refreshments from our chic bars and a delicious buffet. We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you! Let’s waltz – or “Alles Walzer” as we say in Vienna.
Mag. Renate J. Danler