New Years is an amazing time of year, its a day of reflection on where you have been and where you are going. There are many ways to celebrate New Years, you can party all night until the sun comes up, attend a formal event or stay home with movies. I have done all three but the one New Years Eve that beats the rest was cerebrating it in a Palace. That’s right this Disney lover had a true Princess moment when I went to a ball, but there was no Fairy Godmother, maybe next time?
When I started doing my research on spending time abroad for the holidays I knew I wanted to take advantage and do as many bucket list items as possible. When researching top places to spend New Years I came across the Hofburg Silvester Ball. For those who don’t know Hofburg used to be the formal Vienna Imperial Palace, and was built in the 13th century. Its literal translation is the Royal Castle, and its name does not fall short. It was one of the most amazing buildings I have ever seen, let alone attended a ball in. In Vienna New Years is not only a celebration to bring in the New Year but the ball serves as a debutante, with white dresses and all. It is also the opening of the official Ball Season.
The dress code was very strict Black and White attire, meaning ball gowns for women and tuxes for men. I wore a blush colored gown to the event with no sleeves and it passed dress code perfectly. The price of a ticket does range from $250 USD and up depending on if you want dinner, the VIP area and a few other different options. I choose the lowest category that included dinner and didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.
Once I arrived I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything looked inside. The stage was set and I was walking around a Palace!
Once checked in I was taken to my table and and given an amazing glass of champagne. I was somewhat nervous about the event for two reasons, I can’t Viennese Waltz and I was flying solo. However I was determined to have an amazing once in a lifetime experience. Once all of my table mates arrived I was even more lucky then I could imagine. Six of the guest (three couples) were all from America and two of them were from San Diego, they only lived 15 minutes from me. The only other older gentleman at our table was an Austrian native, his date couldn’t make it so he too was solo. The group was so much fun and we all had an amazing time watching the debutantes dance and the open bar. Food was served in four courses and was all amazing and decadent!
After dinner coffee was served and my group decided to hit the dance floor. Now like I mentioned above I can’t Waltz, the last time I Waltzed was in a friends Quinceanera when I was fifteen. However our Austrian friend came to the rescue and danced with all the ladies and taught us how to do the Viennese Waltz. It was so much fun, I know I stepped all over his feet but the experience was really amazing. Before the clock struck midnight we all headed out to the balcony to watch the firework display which was amazing.
Once back inside we were treated to a Viennese treat at midnight of Viennese goulash soup. It was delicious and it was so nice to experience another cultures tradition for New Years. We all continued to dance the night away and really killed it on the dance floor.
It was truly one of the most amazing New Years I have ever had the chance to celebrate. Not only did I make new friends but I crossed a huge item off my bucket list. It really was a once in a lifetime experience! If you ever have the opportunity make sure to try to attend this event, you won’t be disappointed.
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!