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From: 2014.12.31 To: 2014.12.31
Winter in Vienna has been ball season since the 18th century, when emperor Josef II opened the city's ballrooms for public enjoyment. Since that time the Viennese have carrying on the tradition of public ceremony and social dancing in grand fashion. Kaiserball is the opening ball of the season, and it takes place in Vienna's stunning Hofburg Palace. Upon arrival, you are taken back to the 1700's with Imperial Guards standing sentry and Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Josef waving from the grand staircase to the guests below. After a three-course meal, lavishly adorned guests waltz and mingle amid the flower-bedecked staterooms. At midnight the Pummerin bell from the nearby St. Stephan's peals, ushering in the New Year and lively performances of song and dance by members of the Vienna State Opera and Ballet. The last dance is at 3:30am, so cling to the dream as long as you can.