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People dancing at the Opera Ball

Welcome to the ball season

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 (20 November 2015). 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 - Jägerball (25 January 2016), the Doctors' Ball (30 January 2016) and the Lawyers' Ball (6 February 2016).

The Coffee-house Owners' Ball (5 February 2016) is one of the most atmospheric. Each year it brings about 6,000 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 (4 February 2016) 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 (21 January 2016) 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 (5 February 2016) 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 (13 February 2016).

The Ball of the Vienna Boys' Choir celebrates its premiere at the Kursalon Vienna on 16 January 2016. Music plays the lead role at the ball; in addition to numerous brief appearance by artists, the Vienna Boys' Choir naturally also perform.

For the Flower Ball (15 January 2016), City Hall transforms into a unique sea of flowers. Also being held in City Hall is the Viennese Ball of the Sciences (30 January 2016), which represents Vienna’s entire research and higher education landscape in all its diversity, internationality and excellence.

You can find a list of other balls in Vienna here

People dancing at the Opera Ball

Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera

Opening of the Philharmonic Ball in the Musikverein

Vienna Philharmonic Ball at the Musikverein

Young woman in ball dress on the street
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