A rendezvous with Beethoven
Vienna is home to more than 400 balls every year and nowhere else in the world, are balls as romantically formal and traditional as in Vienna – with good reason. Dating back to the 15th century, the Viennese balls have always been a grand affair – peaking to the heights of social gatherings with the first ever Opera Ball held in 1877. This year, I was amongst the lucky guests to attend the famous ball last night…
After a slight dress malfunction (read: a dress that never showed up), the girls at the Lena Hoschek Atelier came to my rescue at the last minute – literally a few hours before the ball – to dress me in the most stunning dress ever. It fit like a glove on the first try. A true Cinderella moment!
With a ball gown in hand, heels and sparkly earrings in my suitcase, I made my way to the Hotel Beethoven, which was kind enough to host Mike and I for the night to make it a true Opera Ball experience. Located on a quite street in the heart of the city, the Hotel Beethoven boasts one of the best locations in town. Not only are you just a few footsteps away from the first district, but you are also right near the Naschmarkt (a personal favorite of mine) and the museum’s quarter is in walking distance. Not to mention that a rendezvous with Beethoven and views of the heritage-protected Papageno gate of the “Theater an der Wien” make for a pretty great Vienna experience.
Let’s Talk Opera Ball:
- Floor-length ball gowns are a must for ladies.
- Men must show up in a tailcoat and shiny shoes (=white tie), a smoking will not be granted entry.
- No wrist watches.
- Approx. 1.300 bottles of bubbly and 2.500 pairs of Vienna sausages are consumed throughout the evening.
- The opening ceremony does not start until 10pm, no need to show up much before 9pm.
- This year, Dolce & Gabbana designed the tiara for the debutants, each adorned with 702 sparkling Swarovski crystals.
- After the debutants have finished, the master of ceremony announces: Alles Walzer! (All waltz!). When you hear this and Johann Strauss’ waltz music ‘On The Beautiful Blue Danube’, you know that you are allowed to enter the dance floor.
- The regular tickets come in at 290€, additional table & box tickets for various categories range from 200€ (two people sharing table in 6th floor; a table for four will cut you back 800€) to a whopping 20,500€ for double stage boxes or side levels boxes.
- When you hear the Fledermaus quadrille by Johann Strauss at 4am, it’s time to head home…
the look: Lena Hoschek dress, ZARA coat, Miu Miu heels, Mango earrings, Aigner clutch