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High-society and working class dance as one in Vienna

In the country of Strauss, waltzing is still fashionable.

In the country of Strauss, waltzing is still fashionable.


And both young and old enjoy this enchanting experience that for many exists only in period movies.


White silk dresses and black tails take to the floor for two impossibly glamorous months in Vienna. The Blue Danube and Radetzky March resound in the former imperial city ballrooms attracting both Austrians and visitors alike.


These balls reflect the city’s professions so you will find a Engineers Ball, the Lawyer’s Ball, the Pharmacist’s ball or even the Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball.


The season starts with the Vienna Philharmonic Ball at the sumptuous Musikverein.


THE OPERA BALL
Next is the hotly anticipated Opera Ball.


If you’re able to get a ticket you can run into Viennese high society, international celebrities and European nobility.


The prestigious State Opera hosts this event where 186 couples dance the opening polonaise as their formal introduction to Viennese society. Despite the $320 price, demand is huge so make sure you reserve well in advance.


CUP OF JOE
The season is full of interest for a lot of professions but the Viennese Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball is perhaps the most unique and attracts around 5,000 visitors to the Hofburg Palace. After dancing, travel to the Café Landtmann in a traditional fiacre (a coach pulled by horses).


FULL OF ROMANCE
For the romantic type the Johann Strauss Ball in the beautiful setting of the Kursalon, is very popular. But for those looking for some excitement, the Rudolfina Masked Ball during Carnival, is a must. The Hofburg palace hosts this mask event.