It’s almost that time again to bring in the new year – only a few more days until New Year’s Eve! Do you know what you’ll be doing to welcome the new year? If not, that’s okay. Tirol has a lot of different options to make your New Year’s Eve unique. Here are a few we love to recommend:
Innsbruck New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the Mountains
Tirol’s lively capital does New Year’s Eve right. With a range of events and parties for all ages and interests, it is no wonder people are drawn to Innsbruck to welcome the coming year. Put on your party hat, grab some glitter and ring in the New Year at truly unique locations: If you’re looking to elevate your New Year’s experience in the true sense of the word, then your search is over. Ride Nordkettenbahn Gondola to its top, 2,000 meters above sea level and appreciate the above-ground ambience and the jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains and Innsbruck below. You will get lost in the beauty of the winter mountain setting and when the clock strikes midnight, the countdown will result in Tirol’s most spectacular fireworks display. The most amazing party location up there is “Cloud9”, the stunning igloo bar at Seegrube that relishes its unique location high above town. Spend the last evening of the year dancing to the latest hits with copious amounts of merriment in the highest-lying club of the Alps and make it a night to remember.
As of 9:00pm, Innsbruck downtown is transformed into a pulsating festivity area as the now traditional New Year’s Eve event is celebrated in the narrow streets and lanes. The festive entertainment sets the scene and mood, with thousands of people dancing “The Blue Danube” waltz on the streets, stopping off for sparkling wine, punch and snacks as they make their way from one attraction to the next. There are marquees, live performances and entertainment all over the place. And of course, there will also be a view of the wonderful fireworks display at midnight. Tirol’s biggest New Year’s Eve Clubbing kicks-off at 11:00pm at Dogana. With international DJs spinning a mix of dance music, remixes and club hits, the atmosphere will be energetic and entertaining!
Want to ring in New Year’s 2018 in a spectacular fashion on historic grounds? Bergisel is the place where Tyrolean rebels led by Andreas Hofer fought off the invaders in 1809. Moreover, Bergisel is the place where the exceptional sculpture-like ski jump towers above Innsbruck, designed by British Iraqi star architect Zaha Hadid. With two different options, the choice is all yours: Celebrate New Year’s in style over a delectable degustation dinner menu at the Restaurant 1809 or opt for the Champagne Party at the spectacular Bergisel Sky Tower Top Restaurant, that affords breathtaking uninterrupted 360 degree views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains.
New Year’s Eve events and celebrations that cater to every taste abound in and around Innsbruck. Check out our top picks here.
Who says New Years has to be all about the party? It is also a great time to turn inwards, reflect and make resolutions for the year to come. If you want to seek solace this New Year’s, why not do it at one of Tirol’s true architectural gems? The splendid Cistercian Abbey of Stams welcomes 2018 to the sound of trumpet and organ during the New Year’s Eve Concert that commences at the Basilica at 10:00pm. Contributing to its magic is the unique and aesthetical setting, the timeless splendour of the Baroque-style abbey. Before, you are strongly recommended to enjoy some real at the Abbey’s fine dining restaurant named “Orangerie”.
Ready to Take the Plunge Into 2018?
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, join other ‘polar plungers’ by taking a dip in Achensee Lake on December 31. That’s right, strip down to your skivvies and jump into the ice-cold water of Tirol’s largest lake to join their annual New Year’s Eve Swim tradition. At this time of year, the water of the 4 degree Celsius lake might even be frozen over in a few places. Take the plunge at the lakeside promenade in front of Pertisau’s Post Hotel at 12:30pm. Swim 25 meters to the iceberg as quickly as possible, scale it, ring the New Year’s Eve bell and swim back 25 meters as quickly as possible. The entertainment value at the New Year’s Eve Swim is hard to top.
New Year’s Eve Celebration with a View
The summit of Hohe Salve Mountain in the Kitzbühel Alps is perhaps the most stunning view you’ll find in Tirol—and the perfect destination to ring in the New Year in Hopfgarten! Take the gondola and celebrate the last night of 2017 at Tenner Stadl and Salvenalm, all topped off with a fantastic mountainside fireworks display. The Hopfgarten Gondola will be operating until 02:00am.
Dance the Night Away to Live Music in Ötztal Valley
The New Year’s Eve Party thrown at Hochoetz Panorama Restaurant is a favourite tradition among locals and visitors alike. Join Hochoetz Ski Resort for a most memorable New Year’s Eve on the Mountains at an elevation of 2,020 meters, complete with a live act by “Die Ötztaler” Band! Dance the night away and ring in the New Year 2018 with massive fireworks displays at midnight, overlooking the valley and the sparkling village lights below. A spectacular parachute show is schedules as well. Acherkogelbahn Gondola will whisk partygoers up to the Hochoetz Panorama Restaurant from 8:30pm to 03:00am.