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In Vienna, the ball season reaches its peak in January and February. The old tradition of carnival balls continues to thrive in the city. While some dancers enjoy following the three-quarter time of the waltzes, others may prefer letting loose to a disco beat.
Vienna's ball season offers more than 2000 hours of dancing.
The ball season kicks off with the Vienna Red Cross Ball in City Hall (21 November 2014). On New Year’s Eve, guests dance into the new year in a magnificent setting at the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace). Numerous other famous ball events are held here as well, such as the Hunters' Ball (26 January 2015), the Doctors' Ball (31 January 2015) and the Lawyers' Ball (14 February 2015).
The Coffee-house Owners' Ball (Feb. 6, 2015) is one of the most atmospheric. Each year it brings about 5,000 visitors to Vienna's Imperial Palace and into the Redoutensäle. Many of the guests end the night at Café Landtmann, to which they are transported in a fiaker shuttle, true to style.
The Opera Ball (Feb 12, 2015) at the Vienna State Opera is legendary. On this one day, visitors have the unique opportunity to see the famous opera house on Ringstrasse not only from the spectators' seats but actually experience it "backstage" surrounded by many music celebrities.
The Vienna Philarmonic (Jan. 22, 2015) opens the doors to its ball at the Vienna Musikverein. However, at this event the musicians of this world-famous orchestra can only be found with their instruments during the introduction. Because even the performers of the Vienna Philarmonic want to shake a leg now and then.
The sweetest ball is the Bonbon Ball (13 February 2015) at the Wiener Konzerthaus. This ball is known for its fun and informal ambiance. The Strauss Brothers once celebrated their greatest accomplishments at the Vienna Kursalon - where visitors can now dance to the tune of waltzes at the Johann Strauss Ball (14 February 2015). For the Flower Ball (16 January 2015), City Hall transforms into a unique sea of flowers under the motto "150 years of the Ringstrasse" in 2015. Also being held in City Hall this year is the first Viennese Ball of the Sciences (31 January 2015), which represents Vienna’s entire research and higher education landscape in all its diversity, internationality and excellence.
Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philarmonic Ball at the Musikverein