Noordwijk: The 51st Wiener Ball in the Netherlands

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The first “Jungdamen- en Junggherren komitee” was formed by 10 couples all wearing jacquets (men) and pastel coloured dresses (ladies)

Last Saturday, the 51st Wiener Ball at the Grand Hotel Huis and Duin was in Noordwijk. Baal debutant again and again becomes a tradition of falling and rising.The former consul of Austria had a daughter named Victoria who was raised in the Netherlands and studied in Vienna. Upon returning to the Netherlands after her study she missed the excitement of the Balls in Vienna. Because of that Veronica von Brunner decided to organize a Wiener ball by herself.

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In 1965 the Kurhaus hotel in The Hague was hosting the first Wiener Ball in the Netherlands. The first “Jungdamen- en Junggherren komitee” was formed by 10 couples all wearing jacquets (men) and pastel coloured dresses (ladies). Although not many Dutch knew the history and traditions of the Wiener Balls in Vienna it became a great success.

Directly after the first Wiener Ball a ball organization was founded with the main goal to organize the Wiener Ball on a yearly basis and inspired by the Wiener Balls in Vienna. One of the traditions is to organize the event in the Carnival (“Fasching”) period of the year and from 1966 till 1972 the Kurhaus hosted the Wienerball under the name of “Ball der Österreicher”.Directly after the first Wiener Ball a ball organization was founded with the main goal to organiz the Wiener Ball on a yearly basis and inspired by the Wiener Balls in Vienna

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As the Kurhaus went into renovations the Wienerball went on tour and was hosted in several locations and cities like the Sonesta Hotel Amsterdam, the Concerthall in Amsterdam and, for nine years, the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden.In 1991 the Wiener Ball was cancelled because of the Gulf war. One year later, in 1992, the Wiener Ball moved to Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk and never left.

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Nowadays the Dutch Wiener Ball is globally of the largest Wiener Balls outside Vienna and praised because of its open and relaxed atmosphere.

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