The tradition of balls is deeply rooted in the Austrian History. Most balls take place between January and February, when it is “Fasching”, the Austrian carnival. During this time, balls are held nearly every weekend in different locations.

The Viennese balls range from cosy and familiar to festive and stately. Here are the most popular balls you need to know if you love to waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha and jive:

Vienna Opera Ball

Bälle in Wien: der Wiener Opernball / Balls in Vienna: The Vienna Opera Ball

This is the most famous, expensive and glamorous ball in Vienna: the Vienna Opera Ball. It is known for its long-lasting tradition, its exclusive ambience and its esthetical opening ceremony. It takes place in the Vienna State Opera since 1877 and is particularly popular with members of the high society worldwide. Many stars like Sophia Loreen, Grace Jones, Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson visited this famous ball. Bälle in Wien: der Wiener Opernball / Balls in Vienna: The Vienna Opera Ball

Vienna Philharmonic Ball

Many of you might know the popular New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In late January, they open their home, the Musikverein, for a ball with musical enjoyment guaranteed. Visitors can enjoy the sound of one of the most famous orchestras in the world. Alongside the Opera Ball, the Vienna Philharmonic Ball is one of the most important ones in Vienna.

Other Famous Balls in Vienna

The Vienna Opera Ball and the Philharmonic Ball might be the most important but not the only ones. Here are some more:

  • Blumenball (Flower Ball): In the festive halls of Vienna’s city hall, traditional flower ball takes place. It is famous for its spectacular flower arrangements. Dancers are accompanied by the scent of spring flowers!
  • ZuckerBäckerball (Confectioners’ Ball): Vienna’s confectioners organise this ball in the halls of the modern Austria Center Vienna. Each year about 3.000 cakes are served. So if you need a break from dancing, you can taste some of the cakes at the exquisite buffet.
  • Kaffeesiederball (Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball): This ball is in honour of Vienna’s favourite beverage: coffee. Highlights are the performances of opera ball orchestra, state opera ballet and traditional dancing school Elmayer.

If you love to dance and enjoy good music you are just right in Vienna, music capital of the world and the birthplace of Viennese Waltz!

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