Johann Strauss Monument
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Vienna dances & parties in winter 2019/20

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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. Sparkling wine and snacks are served at stands and colossal live acts on stages. And the waltz is danced on the squares in the Old City – for example, on the centrally located Stephansplatz, when the Pummerin, the large bell in St. Stephen's Cathedral, rings in the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

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 2020, Andris Nelsons 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 (February 20). 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: In the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the two great old masters Caravaggio and Bernini are at the centreeof an exhibition (until January 19). The Leopold Museum has two exhibitions devoted to German Expressionism (until April) and the expressive work of Richard Gerstl (until January 20). The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art shows Otto Prutscher as the "all-round designer of Viennese Modernism". And the Albertina presents "Drawings from the Guerlain Collection from the Centre Pompidou" until mid-January.

Sport is also part of the Viennese winter program, as the cold season (November to March) offers the perfect opportunity for ice skating or curling. 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.

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