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Austria's Ball Tradition

Every winter, Austria hosts hundreds of swish ball nights. Learn about the traditions of a typical evening at the ball.

Balls are usually opened by a Polonaise (a slow stately dance of Polish origin) and punctuated by speeches, a midnight Quadrille (a square dance performed by couples) and the crowning of the "belle of the ball".

The crème-de-la-crème of high society - along with a crowd of wannabes - dances and socialises the night away. There are sparkling balls held everywhere in Austria, with a quite impressive list of balls in Vienna.

Some of the most popular ones are held by professional groups, ranging from confectioners, hunters and pharmacists to coffee house owners and engineers. Officially, the ball season ends in February with an array of carnival balls. Only few events are held out of season, such as the Fête Impériale in the Spanish Horse Riding School, the proceeds of which go towards the protection and breeding of the oldest cultural horse breed, the Lipizzaners.

Austrian balls go on until the early hours, and had the Fairy Godmother been Austrian, she wouldn't have dreamed of ordering Cinderella to leave the ball as early as midnight!

Vienna's Glorious Ball Season

Ever dreamed about dancing the waltz at one of Vienna's many famous balls? With hundreds to choose from, here are some highlights of the Viennese Ball Season.

The Vienna Philharmonic Ball

January 19st, 2017
Location: Musikverein
German: Ball der Wiener Philharmoniker

Ball of the Viennese Industry

February 11th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German: Hofburg Ball der Wiener Wirtschaft

TU Ball

February 26th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German TU Ball

Viennese Rainbow Ball

Date tbc
Location: Parkhotel Schönbrunn
German: Wiener Regenbogenball

Vienna Medical Doctor's Ball

January 28th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German: Wiener Ärzteball

The Vienna Opera Ball

February 23rd, 2017
Location: Vienna State Opera
German: Der Wiener Opernball

Vienna Coffee House Owners' Ball

Feburary 17th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German: Ball der Wiener Kaffeesieder


February 24th, 2017
Location: Vienna Concert Hall
German: Bonbon-Ball

Ball of Legal Professionals

February 25th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German: Der Juristen-Ball

Rudolfina-Redoute Masked Ball

February 27th, 2017
Location: Hofburg Vienna
German: Rudolfina-Redoute Masken-Ball

Johann Strauss Ball

February 18th, 2017
Location: Vienna Kursalon

Fête Impériale

date tbc
Location: Spanish Horse Riding School
German: Ball der spanischen Hofreitschule


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