First Viennese ball in Geneva

Thursday 6th June 2019,

at 19hin the prestigious

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva.


Bool your table to comfortably enjoy this exceptional evening.


As the number is limited, we invite you to contact Mr. Jacques Pahud directly, who will confirm or deny their availability, and the reservation procedure.

For your information, we propose different table sizes depending on the number of seated guests, as follows:

  • Table for 8 seated guests = 1’000.-
  • Table for 6 seated guests =    750.-
  • Table for 4 seated guests =    500.-


Please complete the following form and follow the steps below : 

  • Fill out the request form : Carte membre sympathisant
  • Send the form to the following address:
  • Pay your subscription of 200.- CHF to the following account
    Account Holder : Association Les amis de la musique de bal viennois
    IBAN : CH18 0027 9279 2930 9941 N
  • You will receive your supporting membership card by post

This card offers the following conditions : 

  • The card is valid for the calendar year (1st Jan to 31st Dec)
  • The card allows you (non-transferable) access to the annual Vienna ball (including entry, drinks and dinner buffet, opening ceremony & performances)
  • The card is non-transferable
  • The card is not reimbursable


Informations about access to the Vienna ball :

Upon entry, you will be requested to show both your membership card and an ID. Since the membership card is non-transferable, your ID and your membership card have to relate. Otherwise, admission will be refused.

The number of cards is limited to 200. They will be issued on “a first come, first served” basis.

A unique tradition

A unique tradition which goes back to the XVIII century

It was the Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) who opened the doors of the Imperial Palace of Hofburg on the occasion of the first ball. The traditional Viennese balls have always been an opportunity to combine diplomatic and economic discussions at parties during long winter nights. They were reserved for the aristocracy and the emperor’s private sphere. From this period of the Court there remains a strict and unique label that mingles with the sounds of today to vary the pleasures among which:

  • A majestic setting
  • A strict dress code: tuxedo and long dress
  • Varied orchestras
  • The opening of the ball performed by female debutants in white robes and male debutants in suit & tails
  • The « Alles Walzer ! »  ritual called by the master of the ball, inviting the participants to dance
  • The « Damenwahl » or “Ladies excuse-me”
  • The « Quadrille » dance at midnight
  • The « Bouquet final » the “Last dance”


Another unique tradition still continues today: the « Damenspende » a small gift given to every lady as a souvenir of the ball.