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Best Vienna Balls 2023/2024: 10 Ballroom Dancing Highlights

Deeply rooted in the history of Vienna balls are 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 balls 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.

This shortlist summarises the best Vienna Balls 2023/2024 and lets you know about tickets, online ordering and dress codes for each event. Each year, Vienna hosts more than 400 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.

1. Confectioners’ Ball (11th January 2024)

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;
Dress code:Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tailcoat (with decoration), tuxedo or uniform

2. Vienna Philharmonic Ball (18th January 2024)

Best Vienna Balls. Number one of the best Vienna balls in the classical category for many locals. The setting of this ball by theVienna 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:;
Dress code:Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tailcoat (with decoration), tuxedo or uniform

3. Techniker Cercle (20th January 2024)

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; or call +43 1 533 90 61.
Dress code:Ladies – floor length evening dress; Gentlemen – tail coat.

4. Ball of The Coffeebrewers (2nd February 2024)

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 Viennaand 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; There is a EUR 24 international booking fee.
Dress code:Ladies: ball gown or long evening gown; Gentlemen: tuxedo, tailcoat or uniform; NO tie.

5.Vienna Opera Ball (8th February 2024)

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 intoEurope’s most glamorous dance floorfor hundreds of debutants and thousands of hungry ball aficionados and lounge lizards. Learn more about theVienna Opera Balland how to get tickets.

6. Bonbon Ball (TBC)

Best Vienna Balls. My personal winner in the categoryfood is the Bonbon Ball. That evening, all of Vienna´s cakes and sweets gather under one roof, swamping guests with a combined weight of around three tonnes. Many of them are available at the many bars or can be won as raffle prizes. The opening ceremony includes a wonderful ballet performance. Like every grand ball the Bonbon Ball is busy. You will be absolutely fine with basic dance steps! The evening’s highlight is the election of the annualMiss Bonbon.To change dance steps, use the fun modern discotheque downstairs.

UPDATE: The BonbonBall usually takes place on Shrove Friday – most recently in 2020. There is currently no information on the organizer’s website as to whether the ball will take place in 2024.

Location:Vienna Konzerthaus
Tickets:EUR 110 (regular); tickets can be bought online from October 2023 (TBC) or at the ball bureau;
Dress code:Ladies: long evening gown; Gentlemen: tuxedo, tailcoat or black suit;

7. Ball of Legal Professionals (10th February 2024)

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 (12th February 2024)

Best Vienna Balls: Rudolfina RedouteBest Vienna Balls. Amasked ballin 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. Ladies are obliged to wear a mask that covers the eyes until midnight (in reference to the Strauss Operetta Die Fledermaus/The Bat), then 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. Concordia Ball (26th May 2023)

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
Tickets: EUR 130; students until 26 years pay EUR 45; Book your ticketsonline.
Dress code:Ladies: Full length evening gown; Gentlemen: tuxedo, tail coat, dinner jacket.

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 aVienna Waltz lesson for couplesat one of Vienna’s best dancing schools just before the ball.

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