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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 opening of the ball season is the Vienna Red Cross Ball in City Hall (November 15, 2013). On New Year’s Eve, in the glorious ambience at the Hofburg, Le Grand Bal ushers in the New Year with dancing. Numerous other famous ball events are held in the Hofburg as well: the Hunter’s Ball (January 27, 2014), the Doctors’ Ball (January 25, 2014) and the Jurists’ Ball (March 1, 2014).
The Coffee-house Owners' Ball (Feb. 21, 2014) 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 27, 2014) 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. 23, 2014) 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 (Feb. 28, 2014) a the Vienna Konzerthaus. This ball is known for its fun and informal ambiance. The Strauss Brothers once celebrated their greatest accomplishments at the Vienna Kursalon - and now visitors can dance to the tune of waltzes at the Johann Strauss Ball (Feb. 15, 2014). At the Blumenball (Flower Ball, 17 January 2014), City Hall transforms into a unique sea of flowers.