Hofburg Palace

Rudolfina Redoute – Masc Ball

The Rudolfina Redoute is the oldest, most traditional and largest couleur-style ball event and can look back on a long history. Of the many redoubt routes that once existed, the Rudolfina redoubt is the only one that still exists today. Redoute means “masked ball” and the characteristic of a redoubt are the women with a mask – who come alone or in company – and the choice of women.

The Rudolfina Redoute has its origins in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is traditionally used by the eponymous K.Ö.St.V. Rudolfina Vienna, who held a dance event (Maikränzchen) in Fischbach’s garden and halls “Zum wilden Mann” for the first time on May 4, 1899. From 1899 to 1907 the May Day was held continuously. From 1907 (or 1908) the Maikranzchen became a festival under the name “Rudolfina Kränzchen”. The First World War naturally caused a break. The last Rudolfina wreath for the time being was 1914. For 1920 a carnival evening is together with the K.Ö.St.V. Kürnberg in the Türkenschanzpark occupied. Then the “Rudolfina Kränzchen” from the time before the war was taken up again. Such an event is documented for the years 1921 and 1922. The “Rudolfina Kränzchen” became the very first “Rudolfina Redoute”, which was invited to the Hotel Continental in Praterstraße 7 on Saturday, January 13, 1923. It was quite typical for this time that wreaths became “redoubt” and there were a variety of redoubt. From 1923 on, Rudolfina redoubtings were recorded until 1929. From 1924 the festival always took place on Shrove Monday. On February 28, 1927, the first Rudolfina redoubt took place in the Hofburg (Großer Festsaal and Neuer Saal). During the National Socialist rule in Austria, student corporations were banned and dissolved – including the K.Ö.St.V. Rudolfina -, there was no Rudolfina redoubt from 1938. In 1947, the first redoubt took place on a small scale in Ebendorferstrasse. The party was celebrated with home-made wine, sausages and black bread. The first major post-war redoubt was held in the Pallavicini Palace in 1948. In 1959, after ten years in the Sophiensaele (1949 – 1958), the redoubt returned to the Vienna Hofburg, a venue that was traditional for them in the first republic. Since then, the Rudolfina Redoute has been held every year on Mardi Gras (Rose Monday).

Classification: PLATINUM Viennese Ball

Adress / Location

Hofburg Palace
Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna


Ball Entrance: 20:00

Opening Ceremony: 21:00

Midnight Quadrille: 00:00

Ball End: 04:30



  • Long evening gown with mask
  • Pantsuits, cocktail dress, traditional costume etc. are NOT PERMITTED.


  • Black tail with white bow tie
  • Tuxedo with black bow tie
  • Uniform (only officially and currently used)

The following clothes and accessories are not permitted:

  • ties, neckties and cravats
  • kilts, cut, coloured tails or jackets, historical uniforms or fancy dress
  • masks for men

Special Feature

  • One of the few masked balls in Vienna

Dancing on the Rudolfina Redoute

Including dance partner

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Would you like to visit the Rudolfina Redoute or live your passion for dance there and do not have a dance partner? This is not a problem, because we would be happy to provide you with one of our charming and dance-gifted Gold levels BlueRose Gentleman as your dance and ball accompaniment for the entire Rudolfina Redoute.

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Rudolfina Redoute Complete Package:

We organize the entire Rudolfina Redoute stay for you. Book our unique PLATINUM package for the Rudolfina Redoute and all you have to do is wait in your ball gown in the lobby of your hotel in Vienna. Your BlueRose dance partner will pick you up in the limousine on the evening of the Rudolfina Redoute and take you into the glamorous rooms of the Vienna Hofburg on an enchanting night of dance. Simply book and dream.

Platinum Viennese Ball Dance Partner Package

Dance Partner Hour Packages:

Do you already have 2 tickets for the Rudolfina Redoute and just need a dance partner or ball accompaniment? Then our Dance-Partner-Hour-Packages are exactly what you are looking for. Guaranteed to dance with one of our charming gold-level BlueRose Gentleman as your dance partner.

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