Welcome to the HOFBURG Silvesterball, the New Year’s Eve highlight in the heart of Vienna.
This year’s program will bring top-class performers from the Vienna State Opera, the Volksoper, big-name bands and orchestras, as well as catchy rhythms from waltz music to jazz to the former imperial winter residence. In addition to a spellbinding opening ceremony, you will be treated to an unforgettable midnight show against the backdrop of a spectacular firework display on Heldenplatz, the ringing of the Pummerin bell at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the traditional Blue Danube Waltz, and the popular public quadrille in the imperial staterooms of the world-famous Hofburg.
Savour the culinary delights that await you at the glamorous four-course gala dinner, the Viennese coffeehouse, the chill-out lounge and the various New Year’s buffets and bars.
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.
New Year's Eve ball is once again being held under the patronage of Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer.
The HOFBURG Vienna team can’t wait to see you in the Austrian capital.
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.
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.
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 (bundt cake) 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 time in the city.
Fantastic cocktails flow in the chill-out lounge and disco. All the classic mixes and champagne cocktails are available alongside a specially composed Silvesterball cocktail.
Held in the middle of winter, the Silvesterball at the Hofburg Vienna brings a touch of spring to the world capital of waltz. The staterooms are transformed into a beautiful sea of flowers with giant ball-shaped bouquets in pastel tones. World-class soloists from the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper will treat ballgoers to a memorable bouquet of melodies in a whistlestop floral tour of the very best of international opera and operetta.
Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Fächerpolonaise (fan polonaise) will provide the musical backdrop as the international debutantes from the Elmayer dance school file into the ballroom for the start of the formal opening ceremony.
After the Austrian national anthem and the Anthem of Europe, coloratura soprano Beate Ritter will sing the Frühlingsstimmenwalzer (Spring Moods Waltz) by the waltz king, Johann Strauss.
The opening ceremony will culminate with a romantic rendition of the Waltz of the Flowers from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovky’s Nutcracker. Specially choreographed for the Silvesterball, it will be performed by soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association, with Alice Firenze and Eno Peci starring under the direction of choreographer Lukas Gaudernak.
Before the immortal words Alles Waltzer ring out, giving the debutantes their cue to leave the dance floor and opening the parquet up to all comers, we will be treated to a dance performance set to Johann Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka.
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 on Heldenplatz is sure to leave you lost for words. Next, we will all join the dancers of the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association for the legendary Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss to see in the New Year in classic style.
A series of spring-themed arias from well-known operas and operettas performed by soloists from the Vienna State opera and the Volksoper including Beate Ritter, Juliette Mars, Barbara Payha, Vincent Schirrmacher and Kip Wilborn will round out the spectacular midnight show, providing the perfect start to 2014.
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 ball night continues inside the Hofburg Vienna’s stunning staterooms.
In the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal the Divertimento Viennese ball orchestra (under the direction of Vinzenz Praxmarer), the Joe Hofbauer Quintett and the Salonorchester Ortner will play classic Viennese ballroom dance music alongside legendary hits from the roaring 20s and swinging 30s.
Other live bands such as Horns-n-Keys and the Ad Libitum Guitar Duo in the Rittersaal, the Lanner-Strauss Ensemble in the Geheimer Ratsstube, the Wiener Stehgeiger 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.
Meanwhile, live DJs will get the party started at the disco and chill-out lounge.
Admission of guests for gala dinner
Entrance on Heldenplatz
Opening of the Grand Staircase
Admission of guests for grand ball opening
Entrance on Heldenplatz
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
12.30am and 2.30am
with 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