Shrove Tuesday Carnival in Vienna

Traditional balls, comical carnival costumes and extraordinary carnival parties

Every year, on the 11th of November, it’s all about the fifth season – carnival! In Vienna, carnival is usually celebrated with dancing, and Vienna’s schools of dance perform Viennese waltzes on the Stephansplatz. The period following carnival, especially during January and February, is full of traditional foolery.

Time to dance: At the carnival ball in Vienna

Marvel at the elegantly gowned ladies and magnificently dressed men as they sweep across the parquetry floor at one of Vienna’s many balls during your holiday in Vienna. Most of these events take place at the Vienna Hofburg. You can experience any number of romantic evenings at the Hofburg Palace, especially during the carnival season, in addition to the legendary Silvesterball on New Year’s Eve. These include the Confectioners’ Ball, the Coffee Brewers’ Ball, Vienna Medical Doctors’ Ball and the Vienna Economy Ball.

The festive atmosphere and elegant debutantes at the Vienna Town Hall and State Opera House will also inspire you to enjoy a dance or two at the famous Opera Ball. The Bonbon Ball at the Vienna Concert Hall is even more spectacular. You will be able to nibble on sweets such as delicious Manner waffles between dances, and share in the excitement as the new Miss Bonbon is selected. Put on your finery and join in the fun as the city of Vienna welcomes you to the season of balls, from November to February!

Carnival costumes and parties for children and families

Vienna’s carnival festivities have plenty to offer for families with children. Soak up the colourful carnival costumes and celebrations, and marvel at the amazing variety of Vienna’s costumed clowns and spectacularly decorated carnival floats. The children can dress up as princesses, cowboys or wild animals for the cheerful festivities. The carnival parade at Vienna’s Prater amusement park is particularly popular, as are the carnival costumes in Simmering and the celebrations at the Schönbrunn Zoo and the Vienna Town Hall. The astonishing array of attractions such as free doughnuts for children in costume, Punch and Judy shows, atmospheric musical performances and much more will take your breath away during Vienna’s Shrove Tuesday celebrations!

P.S. Your hotel, The Harmonie Vienna, is located in the heart of the Serviten quarter, just a few kilometres away from all the balls and festivities in the city centre!

Celebrate carnival in Vienna


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