30th New Year’s Eve Trail
The slogan for the 30th anniversary of the traditional Viennese turn-of-the-year event is “Vienna connects”. For 12 hours, and at 12 locations, we will celebrate, laugh, dance, flirt, and give luck a little helping hand with comedy and magic. Over the past 29 years, some 12 million people have already enjoyed one of Europe’s largest open-air New Year’s Eve parties. On this round anniversary, the Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail will show more impressively than ever how to properly celebrate, with the best entertainment and in peaceful togetherness, in the best city in the world to live in.
2019 is coming to an end and Vienna invites you to say a fitting farewell to the old year and welcome the new year full of happiness. What could be better than spending New Year’s Eve at Europe’s most popular party – the Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail?
The 30th anniversary of the traditional event places a special focus on togetherness in Vienna. You can laugh, dance and celebrate the turn of the year together with lots of music and a dedicated “Street of Luck” at twelve venues right through the centre of Vienna, the Prater and in Aspern Seestadt.
Connecting people is also the aim of the “Friends in Vienna” encounter zone: this year, there will be a special attraction for visitors at the square between Cafe Landtmann and Burgtheater where they can enter into an enjoyable dialogue with each other. True to the motto “together instead of alone into the new year”, no one should be left alone in Vienna on the last day of the year.
I hope you have lots of fun on the 30th Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail. Dance joyfully to the Blue Danube Waltz into a happy and healthy new year. Sing along energetically to the “Ode to Joy”, which is played at midnight as a prelude to the Year of Beethoven. And take the momentum, the energy and the joy as your personal motto into the year 2020.
Dr. Michael Ludwig
Mayor and Governor of Vienna
Enounter zone “Friends in Vienna”
” Into the New Year together, not alone” is another slogan of the 30th Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail. After all, Vienna is a city of togetherness, in which no one should spend the last day of the year alone. That’s why a large space for encounters, called “Friends in Vienna”, will be set up on the square between Café Landtmann and Burgtheater. As well as a DJ stage and a “Bussi bar”, it will offer a special way to meet people: a moderated speed-dating lounge where one can get to know new people in a fun, uncomplicated way. The focus is not so much on finding a partner but on connecting people to each other and spending a fun New Year’s Eve together.
Street of Luck
Those who want to play it safe can quickly take a look into their future beforehand: once again, the Teinfaltstrasse will be transformed into the “Street of Luck”, where visitors can look forward to a varied – and free – entertainment offering consisting of horoscope, fortune telling, card reading and lots of magic to fill the coming year with the right amount of luck, love, health and wealth.
Music for the eyes
2019 will mark the first time that each stage will also have a visual jockey. On the large LED screens, video artists will build an impressive world of images, create artistic animations in real time and draw a visual background for the musical performances on the Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail through the fascinating illusion of light.
Known & beloved
Of course the 30th edition of Vienna’s largest open-air New Year’s Eve party will still respect cherished traditions. People will again turn and swing in rousing three-four time at the waltz courses at the Graben, Vienna State Opera’s performance of “Die Fledermaus” will be projected live, and the youngest visitors should start conserving their voices so that they can laugh along loudly with the cheeky stars of the “Hallo okidoki” show.
A highlight every year are of course the fireworks over the Rathaus, with its magnificent rain of stars. It can’t get better than that! Or can it? For its 30th anniversary, the Viennese New Year’s Eve Trail deserves a few more pyrotechnic candles! And this year, those in whom the sound of “The Blue Danube” at midnight causes elation and goose bumps can look forward to a wonderful encore. On the occasion of the Year of Beethoven 2020, it will be followed by the “Ode to Joy”.
Frequently asked questions:
No, the carrying and setting off of fireworks, firecrackers or any other pyrotechnic articles is prohibited for safety reasons. The only exception to this is sparklers, which may be ignited while keeping an appropriate distance to people and objects.
However, those who cannot do without pyrotechnics may enjoy the fireworks on Rathausplatz at midnight.
We advise all visitors to travel to and from the New Year’s Eve Trail with public transport. All U-Bahns as well as several bus and tram lines will be running services all night long. You can find a list of them in the printed programme folder or at www.wienerlinien.at. In order to better organise your arrival and departure, please use the route planner by Wiener Linien or their app WienMobil.
The New Year’s Eve Trail is a public event. There is no need to purchase any kind of ticket.
No, admission to the New Year’s Eve Trail is free. This makes the Vienna New Year’s Eve Trail one of Europe’s biggest public New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The New Year’s Eve Trail starts on 31 December 2018 at 2.00 pm and ends on 1 January 2019 at 2.00 am. On New Year’s Day at 11.00 am, the New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be transmitted live from the Wiener Musikverein to the Rathausplatz and Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. You can find out more about this under the menu itemProgramme.