A glittering New Year’s Eve brimming with magic moments played out at the Hofburg Vienna earlier today. 2,500 guests from 45 different nations waltzed their way into the New Year at an enchanting night of dancing held in the magnificent staterooms of the Hofburg. A unique setting, first-class performers and an exquisite gala dinner made this New Year’s Eve a night to remember.

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:

Marinierte Garnelen mit Melone und Currycreme, Donaulandrind, Himbeere
Vegetarische Alternative: Millefeuille vom Wintergemüse mit Steckrübencreme und Quittengelee

getrüffelte Süßkartoffelsuppe

Steak vom Angus Beef mit Markkruste dazu Kartoffel-Tarte & junges Gemüse
Vegetarische Alternative: Safranrisotto mit Schmortomaten und gebackener Zucchiniblüte

Geflämmtes Champagnertörtchen mit frischen Beeren & Apfel-Parfait mit Bitterschokolade

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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