Hi Vienna Experts,
My in-laws both have a big birthday coming up (turning 60) and have coincidently recently taken up dancing lessons. So we'd like to buy them tickets to a Viennese Ball in the 2012 season as a memorable birthday present.
They would need to go on a Friday or Saturday night due to work commitments, so the balls that I can find are:
The Confectioners' Ball - 13th Jan
The Flower Ball - 13th Jan
The Pharmacists Ball – 21st Jan
WKR Ball – 27th Jan
Medical Doctor's Ball – 28th Jan
IAEA Staff Association Ball – 4th Feb
Coffeehouse Owners Ball – 10th Feb
Johann Strauss Ball – 11th Feb
Hofburg Ball der Wiener Wirtschaft – 17th Feb
Bonbon Ball – 17th Feb
Lawyers Ball – 18th Feb
Which of these do you consider to be best?
Also do the tickets have to be for the main room of a ball to be worth going? i.e. to make it a memorable evening. If price was a limiting factor would it be better to go for a more expensive better table seat in a less expensive ball, or a big more expensive ball but a cheaper ticket?
Are there people of all ages at the balls or are they more aimed at a younger or older crowd?
Thanks in advance for your responses.