Kvarner newsletter / no 20

Do you dance (Viennese) waltz?

Opatija, a famous holiday resort with a tradition of welcoming visitors reaching back more than a century, will soon host the second Viennese Ball. The ball will include performances by many musicians and dancers, with the main music being provided by the Papa Bileck orchestra, renowned for successfully presenting Viennese music all across the world. What will be the venue for this event? When it comes to balls, there is no doubt: Opatija's most renowned ballroom is located in the Hotel Kvarner!

The second Viennese Ball, scheduled for the 19th of September, is organised by the Rotary clubs from Rijeka and Opatija, sponsored by the towns of Vienna and Opatija, and supported by the Opatija Tourism Office.

The main music on the ball will be provided by the Papa Bileck Orchestra from Vienna, conducted by Franz Bileck. This orchestra has been awarded by the town of Vienna for successfully presenting Viennese music all around the world. The ball will also include performances by the dancers from the Viennese Schmidschläger dance school and the Croatian singer Marko Tolja with Olja'zz Band. One of the organisers of this year's ball is the town of Vienna, which will be represented in Opatija by a numerous delegation.

Opatija is a renowned holiday resort and the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of hospitality in Croatia, dating back as early as the end of the 19th century. Magnificent villas from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, splendid parks, the 12-km long Lungomare coastal promenade, quality hotels, extensive congress and wellness offer – these are the reasons why Opatija is one of Croatia's most famous holiday resorts. The Hotel Kvarner was built in 1884, and its 1913 Crystal Hall is still today the venue for Opatija's most ceremonial events and balls.