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The Ringstrasse is closed for the Vienna Opera Ball

It is nearly time for the high point of the Vienna ball season. The Ringstrasse will be closed on Thursday evening for the Opera Ball. ORF 2 will broadcast the ball as their main programme, and "Wien heute", "Radio Wien" and wien.orf.at will also be reporting.

The German designer Harald Glööckler will come in a carriage to the red carpet, which will be rolled out in front of the Opera house.

For those ball guests who arrive by car, the roads "Ringstrasse" and "Kärntner Strasse" will be closed in certain places between 20.00 and 23.00. Residents are excluded from this closure.

In terms of public transport, the operation of tramlines 1, 2, 71 and D will be limited. The lines 1, 2 and D will be diverted from 19.00.

Line 71 will be limited from 18.30 and will only operate between "Schwarzenbergplatz" and "Zentralfriedhof". The public transport company "Wiener Linien" recommends using the underground in the area around the "Opernring".

There will be plenty of police in front of the opera to ensure that the ball guests get safely inside the opera. 70 policeman wearing ball outfits will be inside. No demonstrations are planned.

Last year, 1,680,000 spectators watched or listened to the events of the ball. The event is one of the most-watched of the year on ORF. You can watch the ball live from 20.15 on ORF 2.

A special programme called "Best of the Opera Ball" will be shown on ORF 2 on Friday. This will look at what happens after the ball, amongst other things.

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