New Year's Eve & New Year's Day in Salzburg
The Salzburg historical district, with mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress dominating its iconic skyline, is an ideal destination for city travelers over New Year’s.
The celebrations for Salzburg's New Years Eve start at noon when the culinary booths at Residenzplatz Square open. All afternoon, there will be dancing classes for children and adults. By 4 o’clock, the Festungsprangerstutzenschützen will be lining up on the walls of Hohensalzburg Fortress to fire off their traditional New Year’s Salute. Starting at 5 o'clock DJs and live music will make Residenzplatz the hot spot for all dancers.
At the stroke of midnight, Salzburg will be transformed into a fairytale world. The bells of Salzburg Cathedral will ring out from the middle of town, while a magnificent fireworks show is certain to provoke countless “oohs” and “aahs”. And yet another memorable highlight: “Austria’s Biggest New Year’s Waltz” on the squares next to Salzburg Cathedral.
Please note: For the first time in Salzburg, private firecrackers - even temporarily - are no longer allowed.
Needless to say, this City of Mozart also celebrates the New Year with lots of music: Aside from the New Year’s Eve Concert performed by Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg in the Grosses Festspielhaus, numerous other concerts and events at the Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theatre, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Palace Mirabell and several other venues will give the Old Year a befitting “Goodbye!”
Aside from a big open air-dancing event on Residenzplatz Square starting at noon and the "Klangmeile" (4 to 7 pm) in downtown, many New Year’s Day Concerts at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theatre and various other event locations will get 2020 off to the kind of perfect start for which Austria is renowned around the globe.