The focus in 2017 is on the city's musical and imperial heritage with anniversaries ranging from the Blue Danube Waltz to the birthday of Archduchess Maria Theresia, as well as on the connection between the city’s past and the vibrancy of Vienna today.
Vienna's musical diversity ranges from early times through to the present day: people have been dancing in three-four time to Johann Strauss' world-famous Blue Danube Waltz for 150 years already. His golden statue in the Stadtpark is probably Vienna's most popular photo motif, while the original apartment on Praterstrasse exudes the flair of the age. Dancing is always on the program in Vienna, whether at a waltz dance course or doing the Lindy Hop. Jazz sounds, club sounds and electronic music ensure lively nights of partying.
Experience the life of Johann Strauss in Vienna
Museum of the Johann Strauss Dynasty
The Museum of the Johann Strauss Dynasty is the first museum in the world to present the family history and creative works of the entire Strauss family. Waltz king Johann Strauss, as well as his eponymous father and his brothers Josef and Eduard, conquered the world back then with their music. Even today, their more than 1,500 works represent Viennese music like no others.
Johann Strauss Apartment
Johann Strauss Son (1825 - 1899) wrote his most famous composition here in 1867: The Blue Danube Waltz, the unofficial Austrian national anthem.
He lived here with his first wife Jetty from 1863 to 1870. In addition to original furniture and original instruments, one can also view objects used in the daily life of the great musician, as well as paintings, photographs and documents about his life and work. Visit also the golden Johann Strauss Statue in Stadtpark.
Johann Strauss Ball 2017
On 18 of February, the Kursalon Wien will again open its doors for a glittering ball in historical surroundings. Enjoy this unique ball experience in the four magnificent rooms, each filled with the flair of this elegant building. Enjoy the sparkling ball opening to the delightful harmonies of the Viennese waltz. Learn more about the secret of the rhythm of the waltz and other standard dances, which you will learn or perfect under professional guidance. Listen to the melodies of the classical ball orchestra, dancing to your heart's content in one of the magnificent ballrooms, swing to the music of the 70's, 80's, 90's and to the latest hits in the disco or relax in our lounge with a very pleasant atmosphere. (Kursalon)