Vienna has recaptured the ancient spirit of gaiety which has been the theme of poetry and song for centuries, and just now it is in its most joyous mood.
No other city in the world possesses to the same extent that spirit of native and harmless merriment that prevails during carnival time in the city of Lanner, of Johann Strauss, and of Later.
During this month and the next there is a daily succession of galas, dancing, folk-dress festivals, operas and beautiful music.
An outstanding event in the round of gaiety is the Civic Ball (February 6).
The continual round of social gaiety, the variety of the Austrian folk festivals, the exhilarating winter sports, the haunting Viennese music combine to make this city of carnival an ideal holiday centre.