A Classical Way to Usher in the New Year:
For classical music lovers, a dream Christmas present would be some tickets to the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day Concert – but getting this would be a miracle! This concert is so popular that to stand any chance of securing tickets, you must firstly register your interest a year ahead and then be one of the lucky ones drawn by lot.
New Year’s Concert at the Vienna Musikverein
The Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert at the Vienna Musikverein is one of the biggest events on the Viennese social calender. This famous concert is televised around the world and enjoyed by millions who love classical music.
The Orchestra plays a selection of waltzes, polkas and operetta tunes and the music is so uplifting that before too long you’re tapping your feet and waving your imaginary baton to conduct the orchestra. We watch this every year whenever possible and never tire of it.
Vienna’s other premier concert house, the Vienna Konzerthaus, also has a range of New Year’s Eve Gala concerts featuring the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Strauss Festival Orchester Wien and Willi Resetarits. The choice is yours whether you prefer to bring on the New Year with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Strauss or other famous Austrian composers.
Other Concerts during the Festive Season:
There are lots of concerts all over Vienna during the festive season and some of the popular ones include:
- Vienna Hofburg Orchestra at the Hofburg Royal Palace
- Vienna Imperial Orchestra at the Imperialsaal on Beethovenplatz
- Vienna Walzer Orchestra at the Figaro Hall, Palffy Palace
- Vienna Residence Orchestra at the Auersperg Palace
- Salonorchestra “alt Wien” at Vienna Kursalon
The good news is that you can now book online for many of these classical music events and you can do it from the comfort of your home at any time. But for the popular events, especially around the Christmas/New Year season, it’s necessary to book early as they sell out quickly. Classictic allows you to search for hundreds of classical music events in Vienna (and around Europe) and booking online is easy.
New Year’s Eve Outdoor Events
Vienna’s New Year concerts are not restricted to their famous concert halls. On New Year’s Eve, Vienna’s Old Town transforms into one giant party with all kinds of musical entertainment and refreshment stands.
Locals and visitors to the city of music, can enjoy concerts on the streets of Vienna, dance to classical Viennese waltzes and experience the fireworks.
Where to Stay in Vienna
Vienna has some stunning hotels, some of which look as grand as its imperial palaces. To make the most of your New Year celebrations in Vienna, a hotel in the Innere Stadt would be most convenient. Hotels such as the Radisson BLU Style Hotel, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof and the Grand Hotel Wien are all within minutes walk from the Hofburg Palace or the State Opera. The Hotel Imperial is right in front of the Wiener Musikverein.