New Year in Vienna 2012 - 2013

This year, the New Year’s Trail in Vienna includes 12 locations with a spectacular programme to suit all tastes and ages fireworks. It is for the 23rd time this year that the City of Vienna has organised a spectacular programme to suit all tastes and ages. There are many different ways to spend the last night of the year in an unforgettable way on Vienna’s New Year’s Trail.

The programme features 12 locations and stages, a large number of artists, a varied children’s programme and many food and drink stands along the New Year’s Trail. Starting at 2 pm the Vienna city centre will be turned into one big party zone with high-quality entertainment and a programme for all musical tastes including waltz as well as samba and rock.

Visitors can expect a special children’s programme, performances by Austrian pop musicians such as Julian le Play, Coshiva and GuGabriel, a live broadcast of “The Bat” by Johann Strauss from the Vienna State Opera, walk-in waltzing lessons, fireworks, and for the first time a New Year’s countdown with a spectacular vertical bike stunt, a karaoke show and lots of musical entertainment. Another highlight is the live broadcast from Musikverein of the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in front of the Vienna State Opera in the morning of 1 January 2013.

Christian Oxonitsch, member of the Vienna City Government, emphasises that the Vienna New Year’s Trail is one of Europe’s largest New Year’s Eve events and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from Austria and abroad each year. At the same time, it is also an important factor for Vienna’s image and economy. Starting into the New Year with culinary delights

Good food and drinks form an integral part of the Vienna New Year’s Trail: some 60 caterers provide the visitors with hot punch and culinary delights such as baked potatoes, grilled sausages and other typical Austrian snacks.

The drink stands in the square in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and on Graben start serving sparkling wine at 11 am on 31 December, and the first 200 guests are invited to a free glass to get into the New Year’s spirit early.

1st district
On Rathausplatz, the square in front of Vienna City Hall, the party starts at 2 pm with the Kings & Queens, rock’n roll by the Radio Wien Band and smart folk rock soul in the style of the 1960s and 1970s performed by the FreeMenSingers. A DJ from Radio Wien and the band Topmixx also make sure the crowd gets in the mood for dancing. The New Year’s market on 1 January 2013 on Rathausplatz invites all visitors to get into the spirit for the New Year. The 2013 New Year’s Concert at Musikverein by the Vienna Philharmonic and “The Bat” from the Vienna State Opera are broadcast live on Rathausplatz.

In Löwelstraße, BJK Music and 98.3 Superfly play plenty of soul music as well as funk, jazz, disco, Latin and electronic music from 2 pm. Austrian DJs and live bands entertain the visitors of the New Year’s Trail throughout the night. Live performances by Monsieur Smoab, Gianna Charles, Lylit and Ramon are followed by a live show by The Superfly Radio Orchestra around midnight, which is yet another highlight.

The children’s programme that takes place on Freyung entertains the young guests of the New Year’s Trail: the okidoki New Year’s party with Christina Karnicnik and Robert Steiner starts at 2 pm. From 7 pm the air at Freyung will be filled with Latin American music by Cuba Libre, Los Gitanos and Oye Como Va.

Am Hof, DJ Phillip Kofler gets the crowd in the right mood for New Year’s Eve already in the afternoon. Cool acts will perform live on stage from 5 pm: Coshiva, GuGabriel and Julian le Play as well as DelaDap and DJ Rene Rodrigezz. Towards midnight, the Ö3 New Year’s Party featuring Sylvia Graf and DJ Alex List culminates in a dance performance.

Classical music is the focus on Graben, which turns into a vast outdoor ballroom. Visitors can waltz and dance into the New Year under the spectacular Christmas lights in the form of chandeliers on Graben. If you’re still looking for lucky charms to give to family and friends on New Year’s Eve you should pay a visit to the stand of the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich) on Graben.

Join the popular walk-in waltzing lessons from 2 pm on Stephansplatz, the square in front of St Stephen’s Cathedral, for last-minute tuition by professional dance instructors. From 7 pm, the Kaiserwalzer ensemble performs traditional Viennese folk songs, operetta highlights and takes you to the world of musicals. They are followed by Kaiserjäger (“The Emperor’s Huntsmen”), a brass music group in historical uniforms. The renowned Blue Danube waltz at midnight is followed by a performance by the all-female ensemble Rondo Vienna.

Kärntner Straße combines funk & soul with pop & rock. Two DJ areas are just what you need to keep warm in the last night of the year.

The radio Arabella karaoke show and the 2012 radio Arabella charts entertain the whole family at Neuer Markt from 7.30 pm. At 8 pm Greg Bannis, former Hot Chocolate front man, warms the hearts of the visitors with his performance. The rock band Wiener Wahnsinn provides the perfect mix of Austrian pop music, rock and international hits from 10 pm, followed by Radio Arabella DJ Roman Gerner.

At Haus der Musik, Vienna’s sound museum, admission is free from 2 pm to 10 pm on 31 December. A video projection of the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic performing in the Golden Concert Hall of Wiener Musikverein allows guests to find out what it is like to be a conductor. You can also discover the history of the New Year’s concert at the museum of the Vienna Philharmonic.

One of the major highlights of the evening is the free live broadcast of “The Bat” by Johann Strauss on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz, in front of the Vienna State Opera at 7 pm. The programme, however, already starts at 2 pm with a medley of the best opera and ballet scenes.

On Heldenplatz the New Year starts with a spectacular fireworks display. A vertical cyclist is this year’s highlight, who cycles up a 60m long rope to start the countdown to 2013, which will be the “year of cyclists” in Vienna. At the same time, “Le Grand Bal” takes place in the elegant atmosphere of the staterooms at the Imperial Palace on Heldenplatz.

2nd district
The extension of the New Year’s Trail in Prater has a particularly colourful programme. A great atmosphere is guaranteed when the Kings & Queens perform songs by Barry White, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson on the square in front of the Giant Ferris Wheel. They are followed by a performance by a Dixieland band and the nine-member band Sappalot. Music will also be an integral part of the city’s most splendid fireworks display marking the start of the New Year in Prater.

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