I moved to Vienna from warm, sunny Italy for many different reasons, but the most charming by far is ball season.
There are few things as magical as wearing a long taffeta dress and floating across the ball room in three quarter time in the arms of a sharp-dressed beau.
The energy and mirth is infectious, especially during the traditional midnight quadrille: trying to follow the complex steps along with the other dancers – often with very mixed results – always gets me giddy and laughing with joy. Time seems to stop for the night, as dancers curtsy and bow while snow falls silently outside.
Incomparable to anything else, it’s no wonder Vienna hosts around 450 balls featuring over 200,000 hours of dancing every year; here are five you shouldn’t miss: