We hit the jackpot when we decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Vienna. The Viennese certainly know how to throw a party-to-remember. What other country in the world welcomes the New Year with fireworks shooting-off to the tune of a classical symphony?! Emphasis on classical symphony!
My hubby and I danced and waltzed, and danced on the street like nobody was watching, but hey I’m sharing video clips at the end if you don’t mind watching me and my two left feet.
From 2pm of December 31, Vienna’s New Year Eve’s Trail (they call it Silversterpfad) kicked in. The City Centre was literally transformed into one big party place. Food, music, dancing and fireworks seemed to be the theme. There were people EVERYWHERE.
The trail included the City Centre and the city hall, all the way to Prater in the 2nd District. It was in Prater was that we started our trail. Here’s our blog on Prater if you’ve missed it.
From Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater, our family headed back to the City Centre and our first stop was the New Year’s Eve Mass at Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral). The mass was in German but that didn’t matter, I recalled that we were singing ‘Oh Come, Oh Ye Faithful’ in English and nobody complained. 🙂
Less than a block away was Vienna’s most famous street, Graben. It’s a pedestrian-only street usually visited for mid- to high-end shopping and to pay a visit to the Plague Column. But on New Year’s Eve, it was the venue for a free-for-all, public waltz dancing lesson.
Johann Strauss II’s famous composition, The Blue Danube filled the air. I’m sure you’ll recognise it when you hear it.
People were dancing on the street. Some looked funny, failing miserably trying to imitate what’s probably the most elegant dance in the world. I and my hubby were two of them. Check us out in the video below. 🙂
An elderly lady requested to partner with Joaquin. Embarrassed because he’s only familiar with hip-hop and K-pop, Joaquin had no choice but to waltz to the hypnotic symphony.
An hour before midnight, we slowly walked to the City Hall where we planned to do the countdown and catch the fireworks. There was a band playing inside the City Hall grounds but the venue was way too packed. We decided to just save a spot across the street.
At the stroke of midnight, fireworks erupted behind the City Hall and I could swear that I heard bells chiming too. But what pleasantly caught us off-guard was the loud waltz song that followed and accompanied the fireworks display. We were not expecting that! It was the sweet, sweet sound of The Blue Danube.
There were a number of outdoor concerts after the fireworks, some were even walking distance from each other. We decided to stay at the ‘Latino’ concert and there, we danced the night away. Bailamos!
What a night!
What an awesome way to start the new year. Our family was in awe.
The following day, we travelled back to Munich. The last leg of our holiday was a visit to the Porche and Mercedes museums. Let’s see if my kids help me write the blog on this. 🙂
Here are the earlier blogs on our Bavarian and Austrian Holiday:
- Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
- Munich: Theatine Church and Odeonplatz
- Munich: Christmas Markets
- Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
- Munich: City Aparthotel München
- Salzburg: Birthplace of Mozart and Silent Night
- Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Salzburg: Residenzplatz Christmas Market
- Salzburg: Salzburg Cathedral
- Salzburg: Silent Night 200 at Salzburg Museum
- Salzburg: Silent Night Tour by Bob’s Special Tour
- Salzburg: Silent Night at Oberndorf and Laufen
- Salzkammergut: Road Trip to Hallstatt
- Salzkammergut: Christmas Market at St Wolfgang
- Salzburg: Krampus Run at Hellbrunn Palace
- Salzburg: Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg
- Obergurgl: A Week in the Austrian Alps
- Obergurgl: Chalet Obergurgl Luxury Apartments
- Obergurgl: Hohe Mut Alm Mountain Restaurant
- Obergurgl: Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
- Obergurgl: Day After the Storm
- Obergurgl: Snowshoeing
- Hochgurgl: Tobogganing
- Hochgurgl: Hochgurgl Cable Car Ride
- Vienna: First Impressions
- Vienna: Hofburgkapelle and Imperial Armoury
- Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace
- Vienna: Imperial Treasury and Hofburg
- Vienna: Prater