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Vienna's Glorious Ball Season

Ever dreamed about dancing the waltz at one of Vienna's many famous balls? There are hundreds of balls to choose from - the highlights of this year's Viennese ball season you will find here.

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Le Grand Bal
December 31, 2014
On New Year's Eve the Hofburg Vienna is set to host Le Grand Bal. Get the New Year off to an elegant and stylish start as you take in the lavish decorations, dance away to toe tapping rhythms supplied by a range of waltz ensembles and jazz bands, and enjoy dance performances by various ballet and opera stars. Let's waltz - or "alles Walzer"!
For further information and tickets please visit www.legrandbal.at.

Flower Ball
16th January 2015
The Flower Ball at the Viennese town hall is held by the garden workers of Vienna city. Viena City Hall's newly renovated Festival Halls will be the perfect venue to greet the New Year at an enchanting, traditionally colourful "night of flowers".
For further information and tickets please visit www.wien.gv.at (German only) or get in contact with the Wiener Stadtgartenamt ball@m42.magwien.gv.at.

Pharmacists' Ball in the Imperial Palace
17th January 2015
The stately atmosphere of the Imperial Palace provides the spectacular setting for many of the most traditional balls during Carnival in Vienna. Experience a stunning ball night in three-four time.
For further information and tickets please visit www.pharmacieball.at (German only) or send an E-Mail to pharmacieball@apotheker.or.at.
 
Vienna Philharmonic Ball
22nd January 2015

One of the most high-profile balls is the Vienna Philharmonic Ball. This renowned orchestra holds its ball in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, one of the world's most imposing concert halls, familiar to TV viewers all over the globe as the venue of the New Year's Day Concert. This is an evening for members, friends and patrons.
For further information and tickets please visit www.wienerphilharmoniker.at.

Vienna Medical Doctor's Ball
31st January 2015
The "Wiener Ärzteball" in the stunning ballrooms of Vienna Hofburg is famous for its elaborate and splendid decorations. The last Saturday of January belongs annually to thousands of dancing doctors. It is a fact that the Vienna Medical Doctor's Ball has earned an outstanding role amongst the many traditional ball events. Apart from regular Austrian guests, more and more visitors from abroad want to join Vienna's carnival highlight.
For further information and tickets please visit www.aerzteball.at or send an E-Mail to aerzteball@aekwien.at.

Ball of the Green Cross - Hunters' Ball
26th January 2015

The "Jaegerball" is a special event, where almost everybody is turned out in elegant variations of Austria's traditional costumes.
For further information and tickets please visit www.verein-grueneskreuz.at (German only) or send an E-Mail to jaegerball@verein-grueneskreuz.at.

Engineers' Ball in the Imperial Palace
29th January 2015

The "Ball der Technik" is the Ball in Vienna with the oldest tradition. Among many famous students also the Strauß brothers Johann und Joseph studied at the "Polytechnisches Institut", before they started their world carreer as musicians and composers. For the last 30 years now this famous Ball takes place in the Imperial Palace, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg dynasty and is well known for its excellent music and its lively atmosphere.
For further information and tickets please visit www.tu-ball.at or send an E-Mail to tuball@cms.tuwien.ac.at.

Gala of the Viennese Industry in the Imperial Palace
24th January 2015

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of musical entertainment in elegant surroundings - watch the impressive opening ceremony, learn the secrets of the three-four waltz time from one of the professional dance instructors or relax over a glass of champagne in one of the magnificent halls.
For further information and tickets please visit www.hofburggala.at or send an E-Mail to office@hofburggala.at.

Opera Ball
12th February 2015

The Opera Ball, held at Vienna's magnificent State Opera House, is deemed the epitome of ball culture and a top-calibre social event, attracting celebrities from around the globe. This mega event is fully given over to waltzing bliss at a venue where usually opera stars make their big-time stage appearances. The 186 couples dancing the opening polonaise - ladies dressed in white and men in black - experience their "introduction to Viennese society". For others, it is an unforgettable evening at this imposing edifice on Vienna's Ringstrasse Boulevard.
For further information and tickets please visit www.staatsoper.at or send an E-Mail to opernball@wiener-staatsoper.at.

Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners
6th February 2015

This ball is highly appreciated by the local population because of its typically Viennese ambiance and is virtually regarded as a smaller version of the Opera Ball. It is also the largest prestigious ball in the Vienna carnival calendar with over 5,000 guests. The opening program is comparable with the Opera Ball: the debutantes are just as festively dressed and the Vienna State Opera Ballet accompanied by the Opera Ball orchestra also performs. Every year an internationally renowned show band is invited. Altogether there are six orchestras playing, not to mention the smaller musical groups.
For further information and tickets please visit www.kaffeesiederball.at (German only) or send an E-Mail to klub@kaffeesieder.at.

Bonbon Ball in the Konzerthaus
13th February 2015

The Bonbon Ball is the only ball event taking place in the Konzerthaus, home of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Up to 4,000 guests can dance in the four concert halls. A jury elects a Miss and Mister Bonbon from the guests, and their weight in confectioneries is then donated to charity.
For further information and tickets please visit www.bonbonball.at or send an E-Mail to info@bonbonball.at.

Johann Strauss Ball in the Vienna Kursalon
14th February 2015

Experience the romance of a true Viennese Ball in the magnificent setting of the Kursalon, one of the most beautiful ballrooms in the city and the original location of Strauss' promenade concerts.
For further information and tickets please visit www.soundofvienna.at or send an E-Mail to sound@soundofvienna.at.

Lawyers' Ball in the Imperial Palace
14th February 2015

The Lawyers' Ball can look back on a tradition of almost 200 years. This classically elegant ball is opened by the Austrian Minister of Justice and attracts lawyers and jurists from all over the world. Many international organizations arrange meetings to coincide with the ball. The highlight at midnight, as at other prestigious balls, is the quadrille, which has been danced since the 19th century. The most popular is the Fledermaus quadrille by Johann Strauss.
For further information and tickets please visit www.juristenball.at or send an E-Mail to office@juristenball.at.

Rudolfina Masked Ball in the Imperial Palace
16th February 2015

The Rudolfina Redoute is the oldest and most steeped in tradition ball meeting and thus can look back on a long history. Principally mask obligation exists for all ladies, even if they come alone or accompanied. The style of the mask, covering only the eyes, should resemble the Operetta "Die Fledermaus". After the traditional "Mask-off"-dance at midnight, ladies' and gentlemen's choice prevails up to clenching at dawn.
For further information and tickets please visit www.rudolfina-redoute.at or send an E-Mail to office@rudolfina-redoute.at.

"Elmayer Kränzchen" - Elmayer School of Dancing Ball in the Imperial Palace
4th February 2015 

The Elmayer-Kränzchen is a traditional ball at the Imperial Palace of the Hofburg. Amongst the hundreds of ball festivities in Vienna this is the only Viennese ball that starts as early as 6 pm and is terminated at midnight. You can enjoy dinner, dance throughout the evening to the sound of several orchestras in various rooms of the Hofburg, and watch the spectacular opening ceremony with about 400 debutants.
For further information and tickets please visit www.elmayer.at or send an E-Mail to office@elmayer.at.

Life Ball - Europe's biggest and shrillest charity event
31st May 2014

The Life Ball is an international known annual charity event which supports people with AIDS/HIV. It is not only Europe's shrillest charity event and queer party, it is also the biggest one. So no wonder that international stars like Mila Jovovich, Bill Clinton and Antonio Banderas (to mention just a few) can be found on the guest list. Tickets for the Life Ball are muchsought-after but the fashion show at the town square (Rathausplatz) is free for everybody. More information about this unique event can be found on www.lifeball.org.

Fete Imperiale - The Summer Ball of the Spanish Riding School
27th June 2014
Annually around 3.000 people waltz in the beautiful setting of the Spanish Riding School. The Winter Riding School was already venue of Maria Theresia's "Ladies Carrousels" and many masquerade balls, therefore it is the oldest existing ball room in Vienna! With the entry fee you support the protection of Europe's oldest cultural horse breed as well as the quality of the Spanish Riding School.
Please have a look on www.fete-imperiale.at for further information.