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Vienna dances and parties in winter 2018/2019

Vienna offers more than 2,000 hours of enjoyment at 450 balls in January and February. The cafés invite people to a coffee house concert, the patisseries and restaurants to the delights of Viennese cuisine. All topped off with a sprinkling of exhibitions, festivals and skating adventures.


Three-four time dominates in Vienna in the first few weeks of the year. It all begins with the change of year, which is celebrated here with the New Year's Eve Trail through the Old City.

The waltz dream continues at the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. The always fully sold out concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein is broadcast to the world. In 2019, Christian Thielemann takes to the podium. A real Eldorado of waltzing is then offered by the 450 balls held during the ball season in January and February.  The season gets off to an elegant start with the New Year’s Ball in the Imperial Palace, and reaches its zenith with the famous Opera Ball at the end of February. The Philharmonic Ball, the Kaffeesieder Ball and the Johann Strauss Ball are other enjoyable highlights of the season. Those who like things less classical can party in trendy clubs such as Flex, Grelle Forelle, Pratersauna or Volksgarten Disco.

If autumn is "the" wine tavern season in Vienna, then late winter is the ideal time for the coffee house. Not only because these oases of coziness are the place to round off a shopping tour of the shopping streets in comfort. Connoisseurs have long since discovered the café as an attractive place to have breakfast – or appreciate the combination of delicious pastries and lively music in the concert-café. Even more lavish is the choice of delicious pastries in the city's patisseries. After all, the rich assortment of pastries is as much a part of Viennese cuisine as its other culinary symbols: Wiener Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarren.

After dessert, it's off to the museum: From mid-February, the Albertina shows "The Princely Liechtenstein Collections". At the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, the American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his wife Juman Malouf curate an exhibition of objects and works of the collections of the KHM (until end of April). A major Mark Rothko show opens there on March 12. The Museum Judenplatz focuses on the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (until end of April).  From the end of January, the Lower Belvedere will present artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938 with the show "Stadt der Frauen" (City of Women), And from March 15, the 500th birthday of Emperor Maximilian I will be celebrated in the cermonial room of the National Library. From the beginning of February, Belvedere 21 will pay tribute to Christian Ludwig Attersee with the comprehensive exhibition "Feuerstelle" (Fireplace), and in March, the festival "Foto Wien" will span a range of photography exhibitions and performances in museums, exhibition houses such as the Kunst Haus Wien, galleries and fringe venues - accompanied by a comprehensive supporting programme. The Austrian Post Savings Bank designed by Otto Wagner will be the festival headquarters.

The Ice Dream (January to the beginning of March) transforms City Hall Square into an 9,000 m² ice rink on two levels that permits everything from sporty moves to popular music hits as well as convivial walks on the rinks in the adjacent park. Afterwards, round off the evening in a tasteful club atmosphere – for example, to the chilled sounds of live jazz in the Albertina Passage. https://www.wien.info/enwww.vienna.info



Impressions of events in Vienna

Tanzendes Paar
Vienna Opera Ball
Eine Dame und ein Herr in einem Kaffeehaus
Coffee House
Eisläufer vor dem Rathaus
Vienna Ice World

Events in winter

Rubens to Makart - Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, 16 February - 10 June 2019, Albertina

Emperor Maximilian I. A Great Habsburg, 15 March - 3 November 2019, Austrian National Library

Vienna Ice World, 18 January - 3 March 2019, Vienna Rathausplatz (City Hall Park)

Foto Wien — Month of Photography, 20 March - 20 April 2019, different locations in Vienna


Information on all Viennese events