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 at City Hall on the official start of the carnival season (11 November 2016). 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 (30 January 2017), the Doctors' Ball (28 January 2017) and the Lawyers' Ball (25 February 2017). The Coffee-house Owners' Ball (17 February 2017) is one of the most atmospheric. Each year it brings about 6,000 visitors to Vienna's Imperial Palace and into the Redoutensäle.

The Opera Ball (23 February 2017) 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 (19 January 2017) 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 (24 February 2017) 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 (18 February 2017).

At the Ball of the Vienna Boys' Choir (27 January 2017), guests not only dance to the waltz but also to plenty of samba and bossa nova, befitting this year's host country Brazil. And, of course, the Vienna Boys' Choir opens the ball with a performance.

For the Flower Ball (13 January 2017), City Hall transforms into a unique sea of flowers. Also being held in City Hall is the Viennese Ball of the Sciences (28 January 2017), 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

Download: Viennese Ball Events at the Hofburg Vienna

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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