Vienna is home to the most glamorous balls in the world. A classical ball is a one-of-a-kind experience, a magical night of elegance, music, and dancing! From the moment you enter the beautiful location the renowned balls are hosted at, you can indulge into an atmosphere of excitement and good mood. The women are dressed in elaborate gowns and the men in formal wear, as they chat and mingle before the ball begins. As the music (often a live orchestra) begins to play, couples take to the dance floor.
Throughout the night, the dancing continues with a variety of different dances such as the Viennese Waltz, Polka, and Quadrille. As the hours pass, the energy of the event increases, with guests engaging in happy conversations. At the end of the ball, couples leave with a feeling of joy having experienced a night of elegance and unique entertainment.
Examples of traditional balls are the Vienna Opera Ball, the Vienna Philharmonic Ball, the Flower Ball, the Confectioner’s Ball, the Vienna Coffeehouse Owners‘ Ball and many more. Every year, the city of hosts hundreds of balls, ranging from classical to less formal events. The choice is really wide and many locals actually attend several dancing events per season.
The Vienna Opera Ball is generally viewed as the highlight of the ball season, where you can expect top class performances by singers, ballet dancers and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and other outstanding artists. A particularly glamorous opening is provided by around 150 couples from many different countries dressed in black and white who have been training for this performance for a long time.
For a current list of Viennese Balls please visit e.g.
On the websites of the respective balls you will also find all information about clothing regulations, programs and tickets, which you should definitely buy in advance. Tickets are usually available in different categories.
If you want, you can also buy or rent formal clothing (ball gowns, tails, tuxedos) in Vienna. For more information where this is possible please visit e.g.: https://www.vienna-unwrapped.com/evening-dress-shops-vienna/
The ball is over but the night is still young!
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