Why move: new year’s eve in Vienna is extra than galas and storied balls, even though there are lots of those to be determined. Revelers crowd the Silvesterpfad, or new yr’s direction, in the metropolis center. The birthday celebration, fueled through warm mulled wine and toffee apples, lasts from 2 p.m. to properly after midnight, when the chimes of the Pummerin bell ring out from the tower of St. Stephen’s cathedral and a fireworks show dazzles over the prater park. The majestic imperator teach, a “palace on rails,” takes visitors into the brand new 12 months in steeply-priced fashion with a black-tie dinner and a forestall on a Danube bridge at nighttime for an amazing view of the metropolis’s fireworks. For an extra casual celebration, head to the Rathaus (city corridor) to observe the brand new yr’s concert projected on a huge display screen. Be sure to devour some Glücksschwein, or good-success pigs, which you’ll discover in each shape, from suckling pig to pig-shaped marzipan treats.
wherein to stay: offering 26 rooms in a 19th-century house right by way of St. Stephen’s cathedral, the Hollmann beletage mixes contemporary with vintage-world elegance. Its eight-seat cinema displays Austrian films nightly.