In the past years we have regularly informed you about the christmas markets in Vienna, taking place in advent season (the markets have opened until 24th of December). For the more romantic guests we also wrote about the big ice skating place called "Wiener Eistraum" (Viennese ice dream) in front of the townhall of Vienna. You can find more information about those excursion tips in our posts from the last years - 2017 and 2016.
Celebrating from 2018 into 2019
This year we want to show you more about the festivities concerning New Year's Eve in Vienna (Wiener Silvesterpfad). A special trail with lots of programmes, music entertainment and culinary is taking place all over ther city centre in the first district of Vienna for the 29th time. About 700.000 people will be expected to participate at this open air event - whilst having free entry! Between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m.you can celebrate at 14 locations in total - for example in the city centre, next to our hotel in Prater or even in Seestadt Aspern (a new city region in the far north of Vienna). Additionally about 70 food stands and other gastronomy suppliers from the first district will provide food - such as mulled wine, prosecco but also snacks, warm soups and special New Year's pastries.
Beside a special programme just for children on the early afternoon, you can expect plenty of accustic entertainment with music stages showing DJs, Bands and also classic orchestras. There will also be a "Luck Path" where you can inform yourself about your destiny in 2019 - health, love and job. If you want to join the many couples that are dancing into the new year, you can also participate in a crash course to learn the classic Walzer dance.
As this event is very popular, lots of people will be expected. That's why also lots of preparations and arrangements have to be done in advance. So additionally to the many public toilets plenty of mobile WC-units will be positioned. And of course safety is a big topic - so the police, fire brigade but also the ambulance will be present. We do also have to inform you that any pyrotechnical devices are forbidden - except sparklers. If you wnat to see a firework at midnight, we recommend you to visit the big places in front of the townhall and the Ghiant Wheel in Prater.
One station of Vienne Sylvester Trail that we want to highlight especially is the place in front of the Ghiant Wheel in Prater (Riesenradplatz). It is located less than a 5 minute walk away from our hotel. At the moment there is still a christmas market there, but on New Year's Eve you can expect a great atmosphere with lots of Live Music, culinary delights as well as a big firework at midinight. This special pyrotechnical show will be synchronized with music and will last as long as 12 minutes in total!
The entire team of Austria Classic Hotel Wien is wishing you a Merry Christmas,peacful holidays as well as a Happy New Ywar 2019 ♥.