A tribute 

to the Waltz King -

Johann Strauss

Historical

ambience of

Kursalon Hübner

Over three centuries

of Viennese ball

tradition

Performance of

Vienna Boys'

Choir

 

150 years of tradition & entertainment

 

In 2017, Kursalon Vienna is celebrating its anniversary! Therefore the program of this year's Johann Strauss Ball will be inspired by the theme "150 years of Kursalon Vienna".

 

A lot of special surprises are waiting for you: In addition to the elements of a traditional Viennese Ball the program includes a performance of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir honoring Kursalon as one of the most important historic locations in Vienna.

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Kursalon Vienna meets Vienna Boys' Choir

While the Kursalon is celebrating its 150th anniversary, the history of the Vienna Boys' Choir dates back to more than 500 years ago. On 30th June 1498 Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg established the Hofkapelle (court orchestra) instructing court officials to employ a singing master, two basses and six boys. The purpose of the choir was to provide musical accompaniment for the church mass.

In 1920, following the fall of the Austrian Empire, the Hofkapelle was disbanded. However, the rector at the time, Josef Schnitt, sought a continuation of the tradition. Thanks to his efforts the Vienna Boys' Choir was officially founded in 1924 and has made more than 1000 tours in 97 countries since then. Today the choir is known as the world's most famous boys' choir.

You can find more information on the website of Vienna Boys' Choir.

Program
Program
  • gala

    dinner

  • Opening

    ceremony

  • waltz

    workshop

  • Quadrille &

    show

  • Party &

    Dance

gala

dinner

Admission for dinner guests starts at 06.00 pm. Dinner will be served between 07.00 pm and 08.30 pm. 

 

MENU (2017)

Jerusalem artichoke soup with Viola chips and Cress
G, O

*****
Veal roulade with Burgundy Glace,
 Truffle potatoes and almond broccoli flan
A, C, G, O

Vegetarian alternative:

Vegetables Steak on white tomato butter sauce
and sweet potato gratin
 C, G

*****
Cuts from pot soufflé,
red orange sorbet and coconut - mango mousse

A, C, N, H, O

 

 A = Cereals containing gluten • B = Crustaceans • C = Eggs • D = Fish • E = Peanuts • F = Soy • G = Milk & Lactose, dairy products • H = Nuts
L = Celery • M = Mustard • N = Sesame seeds • O = Sulphur dioxide • P = Lupin • R = Molluscs

Menu subject to alterations.

During the dinner the following drinks are included in these prices:
Sparkling wine • white wine • red wine • beer • espresso • nonalcoholic drinks 

Opening

ceremony

One of the highlights of every Viennese ball is the official opening ceremony

which starts at 09.00 pm. At Johann Strauss Ball, the glamorous the opening will be performed by lovely dancers,

who thereby mark the official beginning of the evening. The dancers will be accompanied by the renowned Salonorchestra “Alt Wien”,

which is known as one of the best interpreters of Viennese classical music.

waltz

workshop

At our waltz workshop you will get to know more about the secrets of the rhythm of the waltz and other standard dances, which you will learn or perfect under professional guidance.

The waltz is one of the core elements of any Viennese ball. During the 18th century, the Viennese waltz started to form in surrounding areas of Vienna and quickly became highly popular among common people. However, especially in the beginning it was considered vulgar by the Viennese nobility, which would not accept the indecent intimate contact between dancers. Over time, established musicians such as Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss I and many other composers began recognizing the quality and appeal of the waltz. During the Viennese congress 1814/15, when political leaders where supposed to design a long-term peace plan for Europe but did not progress properly, it is said that the Austrian Field Marshal Prince de Ligne mockingly stated: “The congress dances, but does not progress.” ("Le congrès danse beaucoup, mais il ne marche pas."). This clearly showed the noble society’s change of attitudes at that time. Especially due to Johann Strauss’ worldwide concert tours, the waltz established itself as a standard accompaniment for noble events in Vienna and is still considered as one of the most popular dance styles worldwide to this day.

Quadrille &

show

At midnight we invite you to join the traditional quadrille on the dance floor- another highlight in any Viennese ball’s program.

The midnight quadrille has always been an intrinsic part of the Viennese ball culture. The individual steps are successively announced to perform a dynamic dance together with the other ball guests in a humorous setting. Afterwards, the quadrille will be followed by a special surprise.

Make sure you don’t miss it!

Party &

Dance

As it is customary on any typical Viennese Ball, you will have the opportunity to show off your talents of modern dancing at Johann Strauss Ball as well. After the workshop of standard dances, it's time to stretch your legs dancing to the best hits of the 80s, 90s and today.

Admission for dinner guests starts at 06.00 pm. Dinner will be served between 07.00 pm and 08.30 pm. 

 

MENU (2017)

Jerusalem artichoke soup with Viola chips and Cress
G, O

*****
Veal roulade with Burgundy Glace,
 Truffle potatoes and almond broccoli flan
A, C, G, O

Vegetarian alternative:

Vegetables Steak on white tomato butter sauce
and sweet potato gratin
 C, G

*****
Cuts from pot soufflé,
red orange sorbet and coconut - mango mousse

A, C, N, H, O

 

 A = Cereals containing gluten • B = Crustaceans • C = Eggs • D = Fish • E = Peanuts • F = Soy • G = Milk & Lactose, dairy products • H = Nuts
L = Celery • M = Mustard • N = Sesame seeds • O = Sulphur dioxide • P = Lupin • R = Molluscs

Menu subject to alterations.

During the dinner the following drinks are included in these prices:
Sparkling wine • white wine • red wine • beer • espresso • nonalcoholic drinks 

One of the highlights of every Viennese ball is the official opening ceremony

which starts at 09.00 pm. At Johann Strauss Ball, the glamorous the opening will be performed by lovely dancers,

who thereby mark the official beginning of the evening. The dancers will be accompanied by the renowned Salonorchestra “Alt Wien”,

which is known as one of the best interpreters of Viennese classical music.

At our waltz workshop you will get to know more about the secrets of the rhythm of the waltz and other standard dances, which you will learn or perfect under professional guidance.

The waltz is one of the core elements of any Viennese ball. During the 18th century, the Viennese waltz started to form in surrounding areas of Vienna and quickly became highly popular among common people. However, especially in the beginning it was considered vulgar by the Viennese nobility, which would not accept the indecent intimate contact between dancers. Over time, established musicians such as Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss I and many other composers began recognizing the quality and appeal of the waltz. During the Viennese congress 1814/15, when political leaders where supposed to design a long-term peace plan for Europe but did not progress properly, it is said that the Austrian Field Marshal Prince de Ligne mockingly stated: “The congress dances, but does not progress.” ("Le congrès danse beaucoup, mais il ne marche pas."). This clearly showed the noble society’s change of attitudes at that time. Especially due to Johann Strauss’ worldwide concert tours, the waltz established itself as a standard accompaniment for noble events in Vienna and is still considered as one of the most popular dance styles worldwide to this day.

At midnight we invite you to join the traditional quadrille on the dance floor- another highlight in any Viennese ball’s program.

The midnight quadrille has always been an intrinsic part of the Viennese ball culture. The individual steps are successively announced to perform a dynamic dance together with the other ball guests in a humorous setting. Afterwards, the quadrille will be followed by a special surprise.

Make sure you don’t miss it!

As it is customary on any typical Viennese Ball, you will have the opportunity to show off your talents of modern dancing at Johann Strauss Ball as well. After the workshop of standard dances, it's time to stretch your legs dancing to the best hits of the 80s, 90s and today.

Packages
Packages
Package A
  • Includes:
  • Entrance ticket
  • Reserved seat in the central Strauss Hall
  • 3-course gala dinner
  • Drinks during dinner (sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, beer and nonalcoholic drinks)
150 €
Package B
  • Includes:
  • Entrance ticket
  • Reserved seat in the Schubert or Lehar Hall
  • 3-course gala dinner
  • Drinks during dinner (sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, beer and nonalcoholic drinks)
120 €
Entrance ticket
  • Includes:
  • Entrance fee (without reserved seat and without dinner)
49 €

For students, pupils and military conscripts tickets are available for € 27,00!

Traditional experience
Traditional experience

Johann Strauss Ball is an unexpected treasure! We attended a waltz workshop, listened to live classical orchestra and had a delicious dinner. Worth it!

Paolo, Italy

Imagine dancing waltz among hundreds of elegantly dressed Viennese locals in the very city centre of Vienna. It was a night to remember!

Holly, UK

Thank you for such a magical evening at the Johann Strauss Ball. My wife fulfilled a long standing dream of attending the ball and she was not disappointed. We both had a wonderful time and can't thank you enough for such a pleasurable evening. We hope to come back soon.

Charles, UK

Johann Strauss Ball is an unexpected treasure! We attended a waltz workshop, listened to live classical orchestra and had a delicious dinner. Worth it!

Paolo, Italy

Imagine dancing waltz among hundreds of elegantly dressed Viennese locals in the very city centre of Vienna. It was a night to remember!

Holly, UK

Thank you for such a magical evening at the Johann Strauss Ball. My wife fulfilled a long standing dream of attending the ball and she was not disappointed. We both had a wonderful time and can't thank you enough for such a pleasurable evening. We hope to come back soon.

Charles, UK
Etiquette
Etiquette
Dresscode

We recommend that ladies dress in full-lenght evening attire, while gentlemen should wear formal wear, black tie or traditional gala attire. 

Dancefloor code

While dancing the gentleman should take the lead. When the dance is over, the gentleman should accompany the lady to the table.

Table code

Traditionally, the lady sits on the right side of gentleman. If the lady gets up, men should get up too or make a gesture to this effect.

Johann Strauss
Johann Strauss
1825-1899
  • The Johann Strauss Ball is a tribute to the famous Austrian composer Johann Strauss, who created over 500 pieces, mainly comprised of dance music and operettas.

  • In 19th century, Strauss performed concerts in Europe and North America, causing a worldwide “Strauss hysteria”. Together with his brothers Joseph and Eduard he conqured the most important concert stages in the world.

  • In 1867, he regularly performed in the historic halls of Kursalon Vienna. The famous golden Strauss statue in Vienna City Park was built right next to Kursalon in his honor.

  • In later years Strauss composed exclusively dance music and propelled the Waltz genre to popularity for which he earned the title “The Waltz King”. His most known piece “On the beautiful blue Danube” was composed in 1866 and is today recognized as unofficial Austrian anthem.

Kursalon
Kursalon

 

 

Kursalon Vienna is one of the most beautiful historic buildings along the famous Vienna Ring Boulevard, known as an exclusive venue for numerous prestigious events. The historic ambience, as well as the rich history of the building, where the Strauss brothers entertained Viennese nobility with their music, have filled the building with an atmosphere full of musical enchantment and made Kursalon the centre of cultural events in Vienna.

 

 

Kursalon

Join us on a traditional Viennese ball evening 

with the best music from Strauss, Mozart & co!

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Contact
Contact
Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Our service team is happy to assist you in case of any questions from Monday to Sunday (09.00 am - 06.00 pm).

We look forward to welcoming you soon in Kursalon!