New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

Elegant Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, was indisputably the center of the musical world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today a dynamic blend of gorgeous imperial architecture and potent post-modern style, its renown as one of Europe’s most beautiful, romantic, and creative cities remains intact.

Now travelers can experience the finest of what this brilliant cultural capital has to offer, all while celebrating one of the most festive times of the year, on our New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train rail journey

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Grand palaces and baroque buildings built by the powerful Habsburg monarchs; celebrated performance halls and musicians; a captivating collection of world-class museums packed with works by Old Masters and contemporary artists alike; and a vibrant restaurant scene and coffee-house culture all attest to Vienna’s rich and enduring artistic heritage.

Capitals, Castles, and CultureEnjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel on this 9-day rail journey, gliding in style on a circular route through Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Budapest

A sunset view of beautiful Budapest

Beautiful BudapestBegin in the capital of Hungary, UNESCO-listed Budapest, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded. Visit the Royal Palace, the largest baroque palace in Hungary, which has been painstakingly restored and furnished to period standards, as well as Matthias Church, originally built in 1255.


Then board the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express private train as it makes its way east toward Austria.

Vienna Town Hall (Rathaus), Austria. Photo: Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer

The towering spires of Vienna’s 19th-century town hall, the Rathaus
Photo credit: Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer

New Year’s Festivities in ViennaAfter a tour of Austria’s stately second city, Graz, and its handsome UNESCO-listed Old Town, it’s on to a date with a brilliant New Year’s celebration in magnificent Vienna. While wonderful in almost any season, Vienna is perhaps at its most festive and regal during the winter, when the whole city is aglow in dazzling holiday lights, and its splendid architecture takes on an enchanting appearance under a fresh dusting of snow.

Empress Maria-Theresa enjoys the fireworks in Vienna. Photo: Diejun / Austrian National Tourist Office

Empress Maria-Theresa enjoys the fireworks in Vienna
Photo: Diejun / Austrian National Tourist Office


On New Year’s Eve, soak up the absolute best of the city’s celebratory atmosphere, taking a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride to a local palais for a champagne reception and enjoying a special New Year’s dinner, as well as the city’s holiday fireworks display. The next day, indulge in a sumptuous late brunch at the magnificent Palais Coburg.

Charles Bridge, Prague. Photo credit: Czechtourism

Crossing Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge, one of 17 beautiful stone bridges built over the Vltava River
Photo credit: Czechtourism

Charming Czech Republic & SlovakiaBack on board the train, make your way to the Czech Republic, exploring Cesky Krumlov, a small, beautifully preserved medieval town that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, and picture-perfect Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and often called the “Hundred-Spired City.”


Continue through green and friendly Slovakia, stopping in the medieval city of Kosice, declared a European Capital of Culture in 2013. From there, return to Budapest for a final night and a festive farewell dinner.

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, Czech Republic<br>Photo: Czechtourism

St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world
Photo credit: Czechtourism

Culture Cravings & Old World HighlightsAlong the way, encounter five UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you:

  • Tour Budapest’s Royal Palace, the largest baroque palace in Hungary, used by Franz Josef of Austria as his opulent summer home in the 19th century
  • Visit the Helikon Castle Museum, its 111-room main building once home to one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Hungary’s history
  • Take a walk in the heart of Old Town Vienna, the Innere Stadt, admiring its main religious edifice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, as well as many of Vienna’s most renowned sights, such as the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Burgtheater, the University, and the fabulous Hofburg Palace
  • Explore Prague’s famous 14th century Charles (Karel) Bridge, as well as the old Jewish Quarter with its seven synagogues – remnants of the old Jewish settlement
  • Attend a performance at the grand Prague National Theater, symbol of the Czech National Revival
  • Admire Kosice’s Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, a 15th century gothic building that is the largest church in Slovakia

A train attendant offers in-cabin coffee service aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

A train attendant offers in-cabin coffee service aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Comfort of a Rail Journey by Private TrainRail journeys on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train are in a class of their own, combining the dream of Old World rail travel with modern amenities, and allowing travelers to experience remote destinations in style and comfort. Each luxury train departure is all-inclusive, with abundant food and wine, onboard entertainment and no need to pack and unpack as the journey unfolds.


 

Travel with MIR on a Luxury Rail Journey by Private Train
Attendants ready to greet passengers aboard the  <em>Golden Eagle Danube Express</em>. Photo: GW

Attendants ready to greet passengers aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

MIR is an award-winning company with over 30 years of travel experience in this area of the world, as well as affiliate offices in Siberia, Western Russia and Uzbekistan, providing a superior edge in on-the-ground operations. 

Rail journeys by private train are in a class of their own. Each train departure features comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and superb service on board, and allows travelers to easily and efficiently cover thousands of miles across multiple time zones.

Give us a call at 1-111-111-1111 or email us to talk with one of our experts about your rail travel dreams. With so many rail journeys available, one of them is sure to fit your style, schedule and budget.

(Top photo: Vienna’s grand neo-Gothic Rathaus is decked out for the holidays. Photo credit: Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer.)

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2017

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