Viennese Ball season 2018/2019 - Tips for a glittering ball night - Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus
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Ball Season 2018/2019 in Vienna

The best tips for visiting a typical Viennese ball

Are you dreaming of a glittering night in a festively lighted palace? Of waltz melodies and spinning dance steps on a shiny parquet floor? Where could your dream come true more beautifully than in Vienna, the metropolis of waltz?

Originating from the carnival parties in imperial Vienna, the tradition of the Viennese ball lives on today in great variety. Elegant or traditional, classic or extravagant - you will find the right event for any preference in the colourful hustle and bustle of Vienna's ball season. In addition, a ball visit offers a unique opportunity to spend a night in the most beautiful palaces of Vienna and experience their magical flair up close.

Vienna Ball Calendar 2018/2019

The most beautiful events at the greatest locations at a glance.


Friday 11, Styrian Ball at the Vienna Imperial Palace

Saturday 12, Tyrolean Ball at the Vienna City Hall

Thursday 17, Confectioners' Ball at the 
Vienna Imperial Palace

Friday 18, Flower Ball at the Vienna City Hall

Saturday 19, Ball of Pharmacy at the Vienna Imperial Palace

Thursday 24, Vienna Philharmonic Ball at the Vienna Musikverein

Saturday 26, Vienna Physicians' Ball at the Vienna Imperial Palace

Saturday 26, Ball of Sciences at the Vienna City Hall

Saturday 26, Ländle (Vorarlberger) Ball at Palais Ferstel


Saturday 16, Johann Strauss Ball at Kursalon Vienna

Saturday 16, Austrian Space Ball at Palais Niederösterreich

Friday 22, Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners at the Vienna Imperial Palace

Thursday 28, Vienna Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera

Thursday 28, Ball of Roses at Kursalon Vienna


Friday 1, Bonbon Ball at the Konzerthaus Vienna

Friday 29, The Vienna Boys’ Choir Ball at Palais Koburg


Saturday 8, Life Ball at the Vienna City Hall

Fête Impériale at the Vienna Spanish Riding School: will not take place in 2019

Data without guarantee. Subject to change without notice.

JOE'S TIP: Early bird rates at Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus

From our centrally located hotel, you are quickly in the midst of events and benefit from our completely quiet location at the same time! Book at least 20 days prior to arrival directly via our website and benefit from our early bird rates for stays of two nights and more. Book rooms & suites online

Checklist to perfectly enjoy your ball


Get your ball tickets: Also consider to book a seat with your ticket. During a long dancing night it might be quite comfortable to stretch your legs every now and then.

Book your hotel room: We clearly recommend the centrally located Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus with its convenient late check-out options and breakfast buffet until 12 p.m. :) Book online here

Check your ball wardrobe: Do you have an outfit matching the ball's dress code? Does it still fit or are changes necessary? Does it need to be cleaned? You can also borrow a gala wardrobe from a clothes or costume rental. Timely fitting and reservation is recommended.

Try on your dancing shoes: Are they fitting properly or pinching somewhere? Think of breaking in new shoes in good time and don't forget some blister pads. At best, you can save someone else's evening with them. :)

Make an appointment at the hairdresser's: Whether it's a fresh cut or an artfully designed updo - you can image that Vienna's hairdressers are quite busy before a big ball. Arrange your appointment on time.

At the evening of the ball

Do not forget your tickets!

Bring cash and change for consumptions, tips and cloakroom

Note some numbers of taxis to get home quickly

Bring Toiletry bag with deodorant, powder, lipstick, blister pads, spare tights, safety pins ... for refreshing and small emergencies

For the ladies: Flat shoes to change, at the latest for the way to the Würstelstand

Apropos Würstelstand

"A Würstelstand (literally "sausage stand"; plural "Würstelstände") is a traditional Austrian street food retail outlet selling hot dogs, sausages, and side dishes."

A visit at the Würstelstand in tailcoats and ball gowns is a very popular and typical Viennese way to end a nice long ball night. Here are our recommendations.

Bitzinger's is located directly behind the State Opera House and next to the Albertina museum. It is considered one of the best in Vienna. A wide range of typical sausage specialities and side dishes are offered along with beer, wine and champagne. Open daily until 4:00 a.m.

The sausage stand near "Volkstheater" was voted the most popular in 2018 by the gourmet magazine "Falstaff". Open daily until 4:00 a.m.

The sausage stand at "Hoher Markt" is always at the top of the relevant rankings. It is worth a stop not only after a ball, but also during sightseeing or shopping in the city center. Open daily until 4:00 a.m.

JOE'S TIP: Late check-out at Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus

After a glittering ball, treat yourself to an imperial night's sleep! With our late check-out until 2, 4 or 6 p.m., you have plenty of time to get back on your feet. Ask for availability when booking.

Besides, our rich breakfast buffet with coffee and juices, savory and sweet dishes is available until 12:00.

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