Rooms

Every year the visitors to the ball appreciate the rooms of the Hofburg in Vienna which make the Vienna Medical Doctors' Ball an unforgettable experience.

Ante Chamber

The ante chamber next to the Marble Hall is part of the oldest Hofburg wings, the Swiss Wing. The particullary thick walls were part of one of the old defence towers of the old castle's fortification. The expression "ante chamber" indicates its former use as a vestibule.

25 tables with 4 seats each
Tables/Reservation

Table seating from EUR 25,-
lounging places in the festival hall on request. Reservations for the 69th Vienna Medical Doctors' Ball on 26th January 2019 are accepted without exception in writing (by e-mail).
Ambassador Staircase

The Swiss courtyard can be reached via the Ambassador Staircase. This baroque staircase was built by order of Maria Theresa within the walls of the medieval Swiss wing in the middle of the 18th century by Jean Nicolas Jadot de Ville-Issey. The middle section is adorned by a group of figures from 1829, "Jason and Medea" by Joseph Kalman: according to Greek mythology Jason is portrayed with the golden fleece and recalls the famous imperial order of merit.

Next to the Ambassador Staircase is our ice cream parlour with delicious Bortolotti ice cream which can be had for a small donation to the good cause.
Entree Chamber

The entree room where the "DM beauty lounge" can be found is on the mezzanine next to the Ambassador Staircase. Ball guests have here the possibility to have their make up and hairdos freshened up by professional stylists.
Festsaal

The approximate 1,000 m² make the ballroom the largest room in the Hofburg. It was conceived as a throne room but was never used as such: the interior construction was completed in 1923, the artistic design remained incomplete. Three ceiling frescos by Alois Hans Schramm glorify the rule of the Habsburgs. Emperor Franz Joseph’s slogan „Viribus Unitis“, with united force, served as motto. In the underlying lunettes and octagons Eduard Veith and Viktor Stauffe eternalised famous personalities of Austrian history. In the ceiling frescos Maximilian I., Karl V., Ferdinand I., Rudolf II. and Ferdinand II. of Tyrol, can be discerned and in the side sections Leopold I., Karl VI., Prince Eugen and even the King of Poland Jan III. Sobieski.

The ceremonial ball opening and the midnight interlude take place in the ballroom.

1 ballroom box with 12 seats
20 balcony boxes with 10 seats each
2 balcony boxes with 8 seats each
26 dance floor boxes with 8 seats each
2 dance floor boxes with 4 seats each
8 stage boxes with 10 seats each
Ballroom Foyer

The ballroom foyer is directly next to the large ballroom on the mezzanine. The guests of honour are received here and then enter the ballroom before the opening committee.

11 tables with 4 seats each
(We ask for your understanding that these tables are only available after the guests of honour and the opening committee have entered the ballroom - at approximately 10.00 p.m.)
Forum

The Forum is one of the newer rooms in Vienna's Hofburg and is on the ground floor. The modern glass architecture offers a wonderful view of the historical facade of the opposite side of the Hofburg.

16 tables with 4 seats each
Guards Hall I

The casino for the good cause with its black jack and roulette tables is in the Guards Hall on the mezzanine. If you only want to take a break and watch the others gambling there is sufficient comfortable seating in the adjoining Daunenspiel lounge.
Garden Room

In the Garden Room on the ground floor things get going at 11.00 p.m.. You can dance in the disco to the hits of the last few decades until the small hours.
Privy Councillor Room

The Privy Councillor Room is in the early baroque Leopold wing. Here Emperor Franz Joseph held his opening speech to the Austro-Hungarian delegation meeting. In this room on the 28th of June 1900 the heir to the throne at that time and Franz Joseph's nephew, Franz Ferdinand, declared his renunciation: In the name of his future wife and his descendents he renounced his succession to the throne.

22 tables with 4 seats each
1 table with 2 seats
Artist Room

Together with the Radetzky Apartments the Artist Room offers a wonderful setting for an enjoyable ball dinner and stimulating conversation.

10 tables with 4 seats each
Maria Theresa Apartments

The impressive Maria Theresa Apartments are adorned with yellow gold tapestries that have the typical Habsburg ornament.

Maria Theresa Apartment I: 10 tables with 4 seats each
Maria Theresa Apartment II: 8 tables with 4 seats each
Maria Theresa Apartment III: 10 tables with 4 seats each
Marble Room

The structure of the Marble hall and also the Ceremony hall originate in the 16th century. Its interior decoration with artificial marble was aligned with that of the Ceremony Hall in 1840. During the time of the emperor it was used as a dining room and for court children balls. From here you can look upon an enfilade of five rooms with uniform star parquet floors.

22 tables with 4 seats each
1 table with 2 seats
Metternich Room
 
This modern room, named after Prince Metternich, the strategist of the rearrangement of Europe during the Congress of Vienna, is, apart from the ball, usually used as conference room for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

74 tables with seats each
Radetzky Apartments

The Radetzky apartments are in an adjoining wing of the Swiss wing. Out of gratitude for his part in the Italian Campaign during the revolution of 1848 Franz Joseph allowed the merited Field Marshal Radetzky to live in these rooms although he was not a member of the court. In the corners there are historical tiled stoves that are heated from outside from a special corridor.

Radetzky Apartment I: 10 tables with 4 seats each
Radetzky Apartment III: 10 tables with 4 seats each
Knights Room

The Knights Room is within the Swiss Wing. In this room Maria Theresa was christened by the pontifical nuncio, Spinola, the representative of Pope Clemens XI. A few drops of Jordan water were added to the baptismal water. Maria Theresa, who was the only woman to ascend the Austrian throne, gave birth to 16 children and reigned for 40 years.

25 tables with 4 seats each
Imperial Treasury Room

The Imperial Treasury Room is on the ground floor where the sounds of "heurigen" and gipsy music can be heard.
Side Gallery

The side gallery connects the ballroom to the rest of the Hofburg and is on the mezzanine.
 
6 tables with 10 seats each
Trabanten Barrack Room

The Trabanten Barrack Room which is also in the Swiss Wing served as barracks for the Trabant Bodyguards who were responsible for the personal protection of the Emperor.

25 tables with 4 seats each
Conservatroy
 
The conservatory on the mezzanine with its ostentatious double-box windows provides a wonderful view of the "Heldenplatz".

47 tables with 4 seats each
The Ceremony Hall

As one of the most magnificent rooms in the Hofburg the Ceremony Hall presents itself in a symphony of colour and form. The Belgian architect Lois Montoyer designed the tract for Emperor Franz II/I as a throne room. An elaborate coffered ceiling and 26 crystal chandeliers - in those days with 1,300 candles - give the room an imperial splendour. The 24 Corinthian pillars are made of artificial marble: the surface is not of real stone but painted plaster, the so-called stucco lustro. Here Napoleon asked for the hand of Marie Louise, the daughter of Emperor Franz II./I. and the exclusive "Ball bei Hof" (the court ball). On Maundy Thursday Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth invited twelve old men and women to the traditional washing of the feet ceremony.

14 tables with 10 seats each
24 tables with 4 seats each
The general no-smoking in public areas of the tobacco law §13 applies to all premises of the Vienna Hofburg. There is therefore absuolutely no-smoking in all rooms (except outside in the limited area of the Kesselhaushof). This also includes e-cigarettes.

The house rules of the Hofburg are applicable.