IT’S BALL SEASON AGAIN!
Ready to hit the dance floor? Vienna will host over 450 balls in 2018. More than 500,000 visitors are expected to dress up and spend an average of €275 reveling for some 2,000 hours in the beautiful palaces of the city. January and February are the main season, reaching its climax with the prestigious Opernball (Vienna Opera Ball) on Feb 2. Ball season includes the sweet Zuckerbäckerball (Confectioners’ Ball) on January 11, where the hosts bake 3,000 cakes as gifts, the Blumenball (Flower Ball) on January 19 that decorates the Rathaus with 100,000 flowers and the Kaffeesiederball (Ball of the Viennese Coffee Brewers) on January 18, with more than 6,000 visitors each year. The rather juicy tickets (€72-€150) let you waltz under chandeliers, take part in the midnight uadrille and shake in the disco room. Got two left feet? Check out our story “How To Go Dancing in Vienna” on page 34.
Need to know Carnival season is ball season, although there are highlights the year round, like the Life Ball on June 2.
What others said “Alles Walzer!” (Everybody waltz!) – traditional opening words at the Opernball by Thomas Schäfer-elmayer.