Welcome to the HOFBURG Silvesterball, the New Year’s Eve highlight in the heart of Vienna.

Themed “Rhythm of Vienna“ this year, we have an impressive programme in store for you, brimming with highlights.

This year’s program will bring top-class performers from the Viennas Operahouses, 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 above the city, 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.

The HOFBURG Vienna team can’t wait to see you in the Austrian capital.

Banquet

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.

The New Year´s Eve Galadinner:

Marinated prawn with melon & curry cream, Donauland beef with rasberry
Vegetarian: Stuffed mini-Vegetables [with crema cheese, ratatouille and zucchini] with lemon-olive oil & white tomato-foam

truffled sweet potato soup with chip

Steak of Angus Beef with marrow crust served with potato-tarte & young vegetables
Vegetarian: Saffron risotto with braised tomatoes & deep fried courgette flower

Flambéed Champagne cake with fresh berries & apple parfait coated in chocolate

 

If you would prefer the vegetarian menu, or have any allergies or food intolerances, please contact us at silvesterball@hofburg.com by
16 December 2016 at the very latest.
Please note that we can only offer alternative meals if you inform us of any special requirements in advance. 

Opening Program

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 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 ceremonies reach a stunning crescendo with a dance production featuring soloists from the Viennese Opera, among them the Ballet of the State Opera, 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.

Midnight Program

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 of the city 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 followed by a special midnight show with soltists from the Volksopera and the State Opera, and the State Opera Ballet

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.

Entertainment

The dancing continues inside the Hofburg Vienna’s stunning staterooms, with ball orchestras in the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal, among them the Divertimento Viennese Orchestra, under the direction of Vinzenz Praxmarer. 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, 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.

6.30pm
Admission of guests for gala dinner
Heldenplatz entrance
Cocktail reception

7pm
Opening of the Grand Staircase
Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

8pm
Gala dinner 

9.15pm
Admission of guests for grand ball opening
Entrance on Heldenplatz
Cocktail reception

10pm
Opening of the Grand Staircase
Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

10pm
Grand opening ceremony in the Zeremoniensaal
Elmayer dance school debutantes committee
Star from the Viennese Opera
Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

10.30pm
Grand opening ceremony in the Festsaal
Elmayer dance school debutantes committee
Star from the Viennese Opera
Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

11.58pm
Midnight countdown

Midnight
Happy New Year
Ringing of the Pummerin (at St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the largest bell in Austria
Blue Danube Waltz, Johann Strauss

00.05am
Midnight show in the Festsaal
performed by soloists from the Viennese Opera and Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

Midnight show in the Zeremoniensaal
performed by soloists from the Viennese Opera and Soloists from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

00.30am and 2.30am
Public quadrille
in the Festsaal with the Elmayer dance school

4am
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