It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Viennese Ball Season is in full swing! As a big part of Austrian culture and history, balls have held a special place in every citizen’s heart since forever. Finally, the world seems to catch up on this trend as more and more international guests flock to our capital to put on ball gowns and Uber in on Fiaker. It’s officially the time of waltz music filling the air, people dressing to the nine and your friends, who usually call a dinner at McDonalds a “classy evening” throw around the idea of attending a dance as well. But where to waltz? From the colorful Rainbow Ball, over the traditional Hunter’s Ball, to the pompous Opera Ball: Vienna offers an evening for everyone. We have collected a short list of balls that you definitely don’t want to miss this or next season:

Ball of the Vienna University of Economics

Traditionally, the big universities in Vienna all create their own waltzing evening for everyone to attend. If there is one ball that you surely don’t want to miss out on, then it’s the glamorous WU Ball in the Imperial Palace! The Who’s Who of international economics are taking the floor to trade those sweet dance moves. Since tickets for students are hot commodity, you want to be quick before you have to search the black market for a way to get into the evening.

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Confectioner’s Ball

The sweetest evening of the year! For all the sugar addicts and chocolate lovers out there, and for all those who already abandoned their “no candy” resolution: the Viennese Confectioner’s Ball might be the right address for you. Dance to the Waltz of the Sugar Fairy, energize with a sweet treat from the world’s top confectioners and look like a snack yourself, this ball knows how to create a theme. And the venue might just be the icing on the cake: the Imperial Palace in the center of Vienna. Sugar shock guaranteed!

Grab your own Golden Ticket now before it’s too late:

Rainbow Ball

Show the Viennese people your pride during one of the most colorful evenings of the season! The annual Rainbow Ball is an event to celebrate love in all its forms and the LGBTQ+ community around the world. This year, the evening carried the motto “Waltz for Pride”, an invitation that one just couldn’t turn down. So grab your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, and other special persons in your life and color this evening in!

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Hunter’s Ball

Oh deer, the Imperial Palace is quite popular this season as it was also the venue for the traditional Viennese Hunter’s Ball. An evening for everyone who needed some good old Austrian fashion and style – there is simply nobody who looks bad in a Dirndl. So get on the Lederhosen, don’t forget to tie your Dirndl bow on the correct side* and let’s waltz! Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this ball evening.

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*left: single, right: married (Austria, making dating easy since the beginning of time.)

Ball of Sciences

Can’t decide between all the university balls going on every season? What if I tell you that you can combine them all and waltz through the night at the Vienna Ball of Sciences! An evening for all students out there who need a night of dressing up, dancing and taking selfies with the Austrian president. Yes, you’ve read correctly. As a former university professor himself, Alexander Van der Bellen sometimes graces the Ball of Sciences with his presence and willingness to take pictures every two meters. Should the main floor get a bit too crowded then you can also stroll around the beautiful City Hall and discover some of the other rooms like the disco, casino and tiny bars.

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Opera Ball

Last but not least, there is no Vienna Ball season without the flagship event: the Opera Ball. Celebrities from all around the world fly into Vienna to attend this magical evening in our State Opera and to get charmed by the magical flair of the waltz. While tickets tend to be on the pricy side, you can follow the evening along right from the venue and watch the stars take on the red carpet. Or you cuddle up on your couch with a glass of champagne and your best friends and enjoy the evening from your home base by watching the debutants, stars and the spectacle around Richard Lugner and his guest.

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Of course, this is just the tip of the Viennese Ball Season ice berg. To learn more about the individual events and other balls that you might want to attend, visit the official calendar for the dances in 2019:

We wish you an amazing evening and “Alles Waltzer”!