Dancing with the Angels - The Ball City Vienna
One of the highlights you should never miss in Vienna is attending one of the balls around the city. Experience wearing formal ball gowns and tuxedos in some of the city’s most famous and exclusive formal balls, dance waltz being accompanied by a live orchestra, and witness the debutante procession — only at Viennese balls.
Why is the Vienna Ball so famous?
The famous event has its history dating to the 18th century when only the nobility was allowed to wear masks and costumes during private occasions. But ever since Emperor Joseph II made dances in Hofburg Palace’s Redoute Rooms available to the public, the Viennese people have continued these customs and celebrations until today. As a result, Vienna is the only city in the world that have balls commanding the city’s social life during winter.
When is the Season?
It starts from mid-November to around March.
There are usually around 400 events per season, with most of them organized by professional associations. In general, gaining entry is not too difficult as you only to purchase a ticket to enter. However, some are more sought after than others, causing tickets for certain events to be sold out very fast. Thus, it’s highly important to plan ahead of time in regards to which balls you want to attend, your attire for the particular event, and the details of your logistics for before and after.
To ensure your experience in Vienna is as spectacular as you wish for, we have listed several excellent and exclusive Viennese balls you can consider attending.
1. Wiener Opernball (Vienna Opera Ball)
One of the most exclusive and popular Viennese balls, Wiener Opernball attracts international celebrities from numerous fields, people from the upper class, and others. Taking place annually on the Thursday preceding Ash Wednesday at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), this ball is regarded as one of the highlights of the ball season.
The ball invites opera performers, ballet stars, and the Wiener Staatsoper orchestra to open this glamorous ball, before proceeding with the debutante procession by 150 young couples from around the world.
With its reputation as Austria’s high-class social event, it’s no surprise why tickets for this ball can sell out as early as a year before the day of the event itself.
For more information about Wiener Opernball, visit here.
2. Hofburg Silvesterball (New Year’s Ball)
Also equally famous is the Hofburg Silvesterball, which takes place on New Year’s Eve at the Hofburg Palace (Imperial Palace). With a four-course gala dinner, famous Austrian and international artists, talented dancers, and other attractions like the debutante procession gracing the Hofburg Silvesterball, countdown and enjoy a great start to the new year!
Once the dance floor is open for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a novice, the variety of dancers during the ball ensure you’ll always have fun throughout the event.
For the best seats during the ball, it’s highly recommended to get the tickets for the gala dinner. This ensures the best view during the performance and the ultimate experience of a Vienna ball.
For more information about Hofburg Silvesterball, visit here.
3. Vienna Philharmonic Ball
For one night during the Vienna Philharmonic Ball, the prestigious concert hall of Musikverein is converted into a magnificent ballroom. Hosted by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, it’s no surprise why this ball is one of the highlights of Vienna’s ball season.
Located at the home ground of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, dancers and other attendees are interchangeably accompanied by music played by the orchestra and a modern big band during the ball. From Viennese polkas and waltzes to more contemporary songs, all dancers are guaranteed to have a splendid time during the ball.
For more information regarding the Vienna Philharmonic Ball, visit here.
4. Wiener Kaffeesiederball (Vienna Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball)
Not to be missed out is Wiener Kaffeesiederball, one of the city’s most elegant and important balls. Organized by the guild of coffeehouse owners in Vienna, this annual ball is held at the Hofburg Palace and is regarded as a smaller version of the Wiener Opernball.
Wiener Kaffeesiederball is the only ball that uses all the ballrooms in the Hofburg Palace, with each ballroom playing different types of music you can dance to.
Discover more about the city’s largest and reputable ball, Wiener Kaffeesiederball, here.