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Best Vienna Balls 2024/25: 10 Ballroom Dancing Highlights

What are the best Vienna Balls to visit in 2024/25? Where and when can you order tickets and learn about dress codes for each event? Each year, Vienna hosts more than 450 balls: High profile ballroom dancing events with elegant dress codes next to contemporary balls, and dance events of the local firebrigade. I have pulled together 10 of the best traditional Vienna Balls to help you make an informed choice, sort out dates and required dress codes, and book your tickets.

Deeply rooted in the history of Vienna, balls represent an important cultural tradition. Essentially, these elegant and grand events center around ballroom dances with exquisite attire in a sophisticated atmosphere. Typically, the ball season runs from December to February, with the peak falling in January.

Each Vienna ball features a carefully planned program of dance performances, live music, and entertainment. The program includes a mix of classical music, operetta, and contemporary pieces performed by renowned orchestras and ensembles. At most balls, professional dance groups and soloists also showcase their skills.

1. Confectioners’ Ball (16th January 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. At the annual Zuckerbäckerball (Confectioners’ Ball) you dance past thousands of Viennese cakes among hundreds of elegantly dressed locals. Each year, the local trade organisation of Vienna’s Food Industry rallies its hundreds of confectioners’ and bakeries for the annual cake galore at the industry’s Confectioners’ Ball. At Vienna’s Imperial Palace, guests join sweet raffles, competitions and a showcase baking station to venture far beyond Sacher Torte. 

Location: Vienna Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Tickets: EUR 130; Ticket sales from autumn 2023; use the online form (in German only) or email info@zuckerbaeckerball.com;
Dress code: Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tailcoat (with decoration), tuxedo or uniform

2. Vienna Philharmonic Ball (23rd January 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. Number one of the best Vienna balls in the classical category for many locals. The setting of this ball by the Vienna Philharmonics is brilliant, not to speak of the home-made Philharmonic music, and people dress their best. You will dance in the Golden Hall, famous location of the New Year’s Concert. For the 82nd anniversary in 2024, prepare for an extra special programme.
Location: Vienna Musikverein
Tickets: approx. EUR 195; (the second most expensive of the best Vienna balls, following the Opera Ball); visit website for online ticket sales (from 8th January 2024); email: ball@wienerphilharmoniker.at;
Dress code: Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tailcoat (with decoration), tuxedo or uniform

3. Techniker Cercle (25th January 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. The ‘Ball Der Industrie und Technik’, aka ‘Techniker Cercle’, is a highly popular ballroom dance event among urban professionals. And not only those with technical professions. It is run by the eponymous networking and fundraising association related to the Vienna Technical University. This is another great chance to waltz through the Golden Hall of the Vienna New Year’s Concert at Musikverein – the video below shows the débutants’ opening quadrille.
Location: Wiener Musikverein
Tickets: EUR 190; Table bookings: in writing only; to Techniker Cercle, Ball Bureau, Reitschulgasse 2; A-1010 Vienna; Ticket sales start one to two weeks before the ball and are limited in time: email ball@techniker-cercle.at; or call +43 1 533 90 61.
Dress code: Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tail coat.

4. Ball Of The Vienna Medical Doctors (25th January 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. Every year, up to 3,500 local doctors, stakeholders from science and business, art, culture and sport as well as students, teachers and ballroom dancing lovers from home and abroad attend this prestigious event. Apart from first class live dance music the ball is popular for its midnight interludes and quadrille dancing at 3 am. All proceeds of the ball go to a different charity each year. In addition, the onsite Casino for a Good Cause allows you to try your luck at roulette, blackjack or poker, while proceeds go directly to charity.

Location: Imperial Palace Vienna (Hofburg)
Tickets: from EUR 145, buy tickets online on the ball’s website;
Dress code: Ladies – floor-length evening dress; Gentlemen – tailcoat, tuxedo or dress uniform

5. Ball of The Coffeebrewers (21st February 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. Joining the Kaffeesiederball it the best way by far to enjoy the Imperial Palace. The ball usually has lovely ballet performances. When I joined the ball in 2014 there was also a fantastic modern performance – a great contrast to the traditionally dressed audience. Find out more in my Vienna ball review.
Location: Imperial Palace Vienna and Redouten Hall
Tickets: from EUR 180; you can buy tickets online here (form in German only). Tables can only be booked at the ball office but you can email a booking request to Ms Rosemarie Bauer at ball@kaffeesieder.at;  There is a EUR 24 international booking fee.
Dress code: Ladies: ball gown or long evening gown; Gentlemen: tuxedo, tailcoat or uniform; NO tie.

6. Vienna Opera Ball (27th February 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. Vienna’s most famous ball is a fix point in the calendar of the international and Viennese socialites. For one night every year, the Vienna State Opera’s stalls are transformed into Europe’s most glamorous dance floor for hundreds of debutants and thousands of hungry ball aficionados and lounge lizards. Learn more about the Vienna Opera Ball and how to get tickets.

7. Ball of Legal Professionals (1st March 2025)

Not just another ball at Hofburg Imperial Palace, but a themed one! If you like to dress up in 1920s style glamour, then the Ball of the Legal Professionals in 2024 makes a perfect event. At midnight, the organisers will stage The Great Gatsby – The Roaring 20s Show.

If you fancy an elegant gala dinner, you can feast at the palace’s Maria Theresa rooms from 7.00 pm for EUR 188 per person.

Location: Hofburg Imperial Palace
Tickets: EUR 175 (regular); you can order tickets online here;
Dress code: Ladies: long evening gown; Gentlemen: tuxedo, tailcoat or black suit;

8. Rudolfina Redoute (3rd March 2025)

Best Vienna Balls: Rudolfina RedouteBest Vienna Balls. Clearly Vienna’s best and only major masked ball the Rudfolfina Redoute takes place in the Imperial Palace. truly best fun classical dance event with a large student audience. Many of my friends say it is their best Vienna ball. While ladies are obliged to wear a mask that covers the eyes until midnight (in reference to the Strauss Operetta Die Fledermaus/The Bat), when the bell strikes 12, they take their masks off and join the gentlemen in the masks-off dance.
Location: Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Tickets: EUR 120; online reservation from October 2023;
Dress code: Ladies: long evening gown with mask; pantsuits, cocktail dress, traditional costume etc. are NOT PERMITTED. Gentlemen: black tailcoat with white bow tie; tuxedo with black bow tie; NOT PERMITTED are ties, neckties and cravats; kilts, cut, coloured tails or jackets, historical uniforms or fancy dress; masks for men.

9. Elmayer Kränzchen (4th March 2025)

Best Vienna Balls. What started as a small get together of young ballroom dancers developed into one of Vienna’s most popular balls. For more than 100 years Vienna’s prestigious dancing school Elmayer has been hosting annual events of waltz, foxtrot, rumba, salsa and cha cha cha. Among the highlights are show dances by the formation groups, dance lessons in the Marble Hall, and an audience quadrille led by dance school boss Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer. 

Note that this is the only traditional ball in Vienna that commences at 6.00 pm and already closes at midnight.

Location: Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Tickets: from EUR 130, buy your tickets here;
Dress code: Ladies – long ball gown; Gentlemen – in tailcoat, tuxedo, black suit with bow tie and white shirt, or in uniform.

10. Concordia Ball (24th May 2024)

Best Vienna Balls: Concordia BallBest Vienna Balls. When the Austrian Press Club Concordia hosts its annual ball in the sumptuous Vienna City Hall local celebrities and genuine ball fans attend. 

Each year, the ball has a dance theme, such as Strauss’ waltz “Morgen Blätter Walzer” for this year. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t get the chance to try other ballroom dances at the ball. Get your most elegant floor-long evening dress and tail coat and whizz across the grand hall or dance in the City Hall’s open air arcaded court yard.

Among the best fun highlights at that ball, too, is the midnight Fledermaus-Quadrille (Johann Strauss). By the way, single dancers can choose a professional dance partner from the amazing taxi dancer group at the ‘Isle of Men’ in the Festival Hall.
Location: Vienna City Hall, entrance at Lichtenfelsgasse 2
Tickets: EUR 145; students until 26 years pay EUR 45; Buy your tickets online.
Dress code: Ladies: Full length evening gown; Gentlemen: white or black tie, dark evening suit (black, anthrazite or dark blue) with black bow tie; gala uniform.

Hone Your Waltz Skills Before Joining The Best Vienna Balls

The balls in my list deliver wonderful backdrops for classical ballroom dancing. You don’t need to be a super brilliant dancer to join the best Vienna balls, though. Most of these balls are so packed that basic dancing skills will be absolutely fine. The key dance there is the waltz. To brush up on your waltz skills, you can book a Vienna Waltz lesson for couples at one of Vienna’s best dancing schools just before the ball.

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