Confectioners, coffee makers, and the Philharmonic all host their ball and invite the Viennese to dance. The dance schools are very busy at this time of year, the finishing touches are quickly put on the waltz step and a real kiss on the hand needs to be learned. Vienna is busy with the traditional balls in January and February every year. Speaking of tradition, the Jägerball should of course not go unmentioned here. After all, every Viennese woman has her elegant dirndl in her closet and wants to score with the right dress on the side of the man in traditional tuxedo.
The ball season reaches its climax with the opera ball, the ball of the Republic of Austria, for which the opera is converted into a ballroom once a year. Anyone who does not stage themselves in the opera has dressed up at home and toasted a selfie in front of the television. Mr and Mrs Austrians celebrate the Opera Ball online, so to speak. After the clothes have been examined and commented on on the red carpet and on the staircase, the first dance steps have been taken and an expensive glass of champagne had been drunk, the queue in front of the sausage stand begins to get longer outside behind the opera. The first ball attendees fortify themselves in a typical Viennese way with a cheese krainer, which is cut into small pieces on the paper plate and elegantly brought to the mouth with a plastic fork. So you still have space in your budget for a second glass of champagne and you can mingle with the celebrities again. And at the sausage stand there is something to look at, the Viennese are particularly fond of that!
A few figures to conclude: The Vienna Chamber of Commerce expects a record spending of 139 million euros in sales for the ball season, 505,000 ball visitors are expected and each guest spends an average of 275 euros per ball evening.
We wish you an exciting ball season and are looking forward to the famous words: “It’s all a waltz!” at the (already sold out) Vienna Opera Ball.