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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.

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