Nothing can truly rival this authentic 200-year-old ball held in Vienna’s Imperial Palace. Each year the venerable Juristen-Ball, the Ball of Legal Professionals, continues to entrance its well-dressed guests with impeccably curated ballrooms, a thoroughly considered wealth of music and dancing and a fairy tale-esque atmosphere. Organiser Susanne Schoener nods her head enthusiastically: “I’ll always remember a young Australian law student who exclaimed, ‘this is real! It isn’t a fairy tale and I’m actually in it!’” Capable of prompting such excitement, the 2017 event is expecting a further 3,500 guests to make the annual pilgrimage to celebrate the capital’s debutant season. With such heritage and dedication behind it, it is no real surprise that this ambitious event, held under the patronage of the Bar Association and the Notaries’ Chamber, is such a resounding success year after year – after all, it has built its success over two centuries.