If you’re looking to see in the new year in a special kinda’ way, this list below of Vienna’s exclusive events is definitely something you should check out.
This round-up of the evening’s events that require a bit of planning, and for you to book ahead, will ensure you make this NYE a night to remember.
Put on your best dress and have your own butler at this party!
Where: Palais Auersperg
Entry: various packages from 95–290€, buy a ticket
In the historic and fancy palace of Palais Auersperg, there’ll be a big, fancy celebration going down on New Year’s Eve. They’ll be offering up various packages to suit one and all (perhaps excluding punks… a punk probably wouldn’t appreciate the interior decor, here), ranging from simply partying with a few drinks, to a super fancy 5-course gala dinner with your own room, champagne, and many other things that will make you feel like you should have actually worn underpants to this shindig. The whole shebang might be a bit pricey, but it could definitely be worth the money. At midnight, you can enjoy the fireworks from the beautiful garden of the palace, while making out with your butler (we’re not sure if you’ll have to pay extra for this).
Waltz into the New Year at this gala in the Rathaus
Entry: sold out! But maybe still try for a ticket if this sounds like your dream NYE, or keep it in mind for next year!
Anything labeled a ‘gala’ sounds like it will require you to wear a pocket square and a monocle and randomly yell out, ‘Good show, old boy!’ now and again. Well, we’re not sure if that’s the deal here, but the Rathaus (town hall) will be the site of this fancy party. The gothic halls will be full of live music, a festive 4-course gala menu, performances, and – of course – beautiful fireworks at midnight will await you at this beautiful and historic building (not inside, of course). Oh, and you’ll be able to watch the grand display of the magnificent lights from the large balcony of the City Hall. Boom – that’s right… mind blow!
A fancy party where you can learn how to dance
Concert from 58€–125€
Silvester Evening from 225€
buy a ticket
Why not welcome in the year 2020 in the historic and regal setting of the Kursalon Vienna? Here you can feast on a fancy gala dinner along with feast your ears on the Strauss & Mozart concerts going on, on stage. Or you can skip the dinner and just enjoy the music – up to you, really. Oh, and the coolest thing – they’ll be offering Waltz workshops as part of the shenanigans! And you can enjoy the midnight fireworks on their beautiful terrace.
Partying in a very fancy (and formal) way in a palace
Entry: various categories from 170€–780€, (70€ students), buy a ticket
This one’s for those of you who want to end the year with a rather fancy BANG. Be at the Hofburg on New Year’s Eve and you’ll be enjoying an exclusive gala dinner and party with all the pretentiousness you can imagine. The Vienna State Opera will open the evening with many local & international dancers & artists, and there’ll be plenty of other classical kinda’ music for your ears to enjoy during the course of the night, as well! And of course, there will be room for waltzing! There’s always room for waltzing. This is a once in a lifetime party…unless you’ve just invented the new Google.
A unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with an oriental flair
Where: Aux Gazelles
Entry: 20€ (just dance), 120€ dinner party, 190€ Hammam & dinner party, make a reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re tired of doing the same old thing every year? (we know, we sound like the beginning of a TV advert for a sponge) The crowd from the handsome restaurant/ bar, Aux Gazelles, is throwing one special NY’s bash this year. You can combine a dinner (full of tasty Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food) with a visit to their adjoining Hammam – this way you’ll be entering 2020 as relaxed as a… person that’s just lied in a bathtub for several hours (sorry, creative lacking at this time of the year). If that’s not your kinda’ thing, you can simply turn up at their kickass party. A very different New Year’s Eve party to be had.
Watch 2020 roll in from the top of a hill
Where: Café Restaurant Oktogon
Entry: 160€ p.P (incl. food & drinks), reserve your ticket via email@example.com
Out in the 19th district, there’s another great party location to see out the end of the year on top of a hill. The Café Oktogon (which just so happens to be shaped as an Oktogon) with its panoramic view over Vienna seems like the perfect party location for those that want a great view of the fireworks. You can stuff yourself silly with tasty food from the buffet and have as many drinky-poos as you like. And the exact point when 2020 waltzes in, you’ll be waltzing too, in between when you’re gawking at the fireworks. There is no dress code for this party, and we strongly suggest you dress like a Würstel.
Enter the new year with style… on a majestic train ride
Entry: 398€ (incl. train ticket + 5-course dinner), buy a ticket
You wanna’ end the year in style? Book the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Majestic Train. The unique majestic carriages will carry you on a night-time round trip while you enjoy the ride, the 5-course-meal, the waltzing you’ll be doing on the train, the midnight fireworks stop, and the train itself (which looks like it’s straight out of some old film in which some fancy people rode on some fancy train). And don’t even dare to think it’s just a stupid train. It’s a really old one. A majestic one. If you think this is worth 398€ smackaroos, you better book your ticket soon.
A party with a spectacular view
Where: Sky Bar
Entry: 99€ –229€, make a reservation
This one is for those who like to spend a shit load of money to be seen, or the people who are willing to invest half their rent in an experience. Celebrate the turn of the year in the sky at the Sky Bar, or at the Sky restaurant and you’ll probably have one of the best views in the city when it comes time for fireworks. You’ll be able to see all the little people partying down on the streets below, along with Stephansdom, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Belvedere, and many other cool buildings until the smoke from the fireworks distorts your view. But you most probably will have vodka distorting your view by then, anyway.
Italian-inspired New Year’s surprise menu and a party with a view
When: surprise menu 8pm–11am
Entry: 69€–109€ per person, reserve via mail
In the mood for good music, tasty drinks, and a spectacular view of our lovely city? At the New Year’s Eve night happening at Ribelli, you’ll be able to have all of this, along with a surprise menu full of Italian food. Make sure to slip into your cocktail dress, tie, suspenders and fedoras (warning: don’t wear this all together as one outfit). After you’ve stuffed your belly, you can join the party upstairs, where they’ll be serving Rock’n’Roll the whole night long.
This NYE party is the one for lovers of fine cuisine
Where: Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere
Entry: 390€, make a reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Andaz Vienna is offering a package that will fulfil all your culinary desires. Upon your arrival to this NYE event, you’ll be greeted with champagne and an appetiser buffet. After that, a three course dinner is on the menu that’s guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Of course, there will be dessert too in the form of another buffet featuring sweets from around the world. Following all this, you’ll be able to go up to the rooftop bar. Up there, you can enjoy the fireworks, a few drinky-poo-poos, and they’ll keep the festive vibes going, and maybe even inspire you to do a little dancing, as a DJ spins some beats.
Ring in the new decade with a 6–course menu
Where: Hotel Sans Souci
Entry: 390€, book via mail
The Hotel Sans Souci is inviting guests to indulge in an exquisite 6-course menu to enjoy a marvellous view over Vienna on New Years Eve. What a wonderful way to spend the last day of 2019 and see in the new decade! Don’t worry if you are Vegetarian, they’ve got you covered. If this extravagant gala dinner is how you dreamed of starting 2020, make sure you book quickly – the Midnight Special is only available to a limited number of guests.
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Celebrate the new year the day after everybody else at this fancy brunch
What’s the best way to start the new year? Well, everybody seems to have their own ideas, but we all know that food is the answer to basically everything. For all those who agree, the New Year’s brunch at Donaubräu might be of interest. After the big night out, whenever you feel capable again of basic human functions, such as walking, or taking a cab, you can swing by the awesome brunch that will be going down at the Donaubräu (the good looking restaurant at the base of the Donauturm. There will be a buffet as far as the eye can see to feast on. Check out more details on their website.