Wien Presse Winter 2017


Austria's Glorious Ball Season

Every winter, Austria hosts hundreds of swish ball nights - nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. Learn about the traditions of a typical evening at the ball.

Over 400 Viennese balls are staged each winter, frequented by 300,000 dance-loving visitors from all around the world. Strict dress codes, an opening fanfare, the entrance of the debutants and debutantes and the call "Alles Walzer!" (literally: “Everything is waltz!”) are all part of a classic 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 Viennese Ball’s History

In the 18th century the wearing of masks and costumes was reserved for the nobility. To compensate for this, Emperor Joseph II opened up the dances in the Redoute Rooms in the Hofburg palace to everyone. This allowed the Viennese to copy the courtly customs of these celebrations, something which they retain to this day.

The waltz, being a partner dance, was initially perceived as a provocation, and caused moral outrage. The Vienna Congress (1814/15), meeting in the city to establish the new order in Europe following Napoleon's campaigns, made it acceptable via the salons.

Balls Today

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.

Today, some of the most popular balls 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.

New Years Eve Ball
December 31, 2019
Tickets: Kongresszentrum Hofburg, 1014 Wien
Tel: 011 43 1 587 36 66 x 23

Flower Ball in the Town Hall

January 17, 2020
Tickets: Verein der staedtischen Gartenbediensteten Wiens
Johannesgasse 35,1030 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 4000 8042

Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the Musikverein

January 23, 2020

Tickets: Wiener Philharmoniker
Boesendorferstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 505 65 25

Pharmacist's Ball in the Imperial Palace

January 18, 2020
Tickets: Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists
Spitalgasse 31, 1090 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 404 14-124

Physicians' Ball in the Imperial Palace

January 25, 2020
Tickets: Austrian Chamber of Physicians
Weihburggasse 10-12, 1010 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 515 01-1234

Gala of the Viennese Industry in the Imperial Palace

February 8, 2020
Tickets: Österreichischer Wirtschaftsbund
Lothringer Straße 16/5, 1030 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 512 76 31 11

Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners in the Imperial Palace

Feburary 14, 2020
Tickets: Club der Wiener Kafeehausbesitzer
Judenplatz 3-4/1, 1010 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 514 50-4112

Opera Ball in the State Opera
February 20, 2020

Opernball (State Opera)
Tickets: Opernball-Buero
Goethegasse 1, 1010 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 514 44 2606

Bonbon-Ball in the Konzerthaus

February 21, 2020
Tickets: Buero Alphonsus
Tel: 011 43 1 214 35 02

Lawyers' Ball in the Imperial Palace

February 22, 2020
Tickets: Lawyers Association
Justizpalast, 1016 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 40127 1535

Rudolfina Masked Ball in the Imperial Palace

February 24, 2020
Tickets: KÖSTV Rudolfina
Lenaugasse 3, 1080 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 405 48 11

“Elmayer Kränzchen” - Elmayer School of Dancing Ball in the Imperial Palace

February 25, 2020
Tickets: Dancing School Elmayer
Bräunerstrasse 13, 1010 Vienna
Tel: 011 43 1 512 71 97

  • Oper Wien

    Oper Wien

    Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
    Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
  • Wiener Ball Strauss Area

    Wiener Ball Strauss Area

    Österreich Werbung / Gerhard Trumler
    Praterstraße 54, 1020 Wien
  • Opening of the Opera Ball

    Opening of the Opera Ball

    Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud
  • Wiener Opernball

    Wiener Opernball

    Österreich Werbung / Hans Wiesenhofer
  • Wien Presse Winter 2017

    Wien Presse Winter 2017

  • Wiener Ball und Wiener Walzer (Kaffeesiederball 2010)

    Wiener Ball und Wiener Walzer (Kaffeesiederball 2010)

    Kaffeesiederball / no name
  • Opernball


    Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber
    Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria