Musical entertainment by Ballhaus Orchester Wien together with musiciens from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

In the „ball room“ the distinguished BallhausEnsemble Wien (the „little Orchestra with great sounding“) together with musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande will entertain you until the early morning.

Sarah Rumer (flute), Hilman Schweizer (violoncello), Benoit Wilmann (clarinet)

The history of the Waltz

The origin of the famous Vienna waltz comes from the popular dances of the Southern Germany of and the 16th and the 17th centuries

(“waltze”means turn in German).

In the beginning, it was a countryfolk dance, perceived as being immoral. It finally came to seduce the Viennese high society of the XIX century and the imperial court during the Vienna congress in 1814-1815 where it entered into the private ballrooms of the aristocracy.

The excellence of dancing couples has inspired the greatest composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius, etc.

Johann Strauss, king of the Waltz

Johann Strauss père (1804-1849) would compose more than 150 waltzes, bringing his orchestra from Vienna to London to make loving couples twirl.

Under the direction of Johan Strauss II (1825-1899,) the waltz was adorned with more contrasting themes.

He wrote timeless masters such as the Blue Danube (1867) and the Emperor Waltz (1888).


More than 400 balls take place each year in Vienna, attracting some 300 000 amateurs coming from the world over.

Being inspired by this beautiful tradition, numerous international cities have adopted it such as Paris, Bruxelles, Zurich, Barcelone, Moscou, Sofia, Rome, Montréal, Dubaï…. and now Geneva.