September 16, 2017:  Ball Castle Au

The famous German poet Klopstock, visiting Zurich in 1750, enjoyed the beauty of the lake, the peninsula Au and its surroundings as well as the romantic (even electric!) atmosphere of the day and boattrip so much, he was inspired to create the "Ode to the Lake Zurich". In the year 1900 the literature Club Hottingen again undertook a boattrip to the Au in commemoration of Klopstock's visit. In 2017, we will again enjoy a trip on the Lake Zurich. The afternoon program entails the "Salongespräch", a talk about the era of Romanticism, an elegant Afternoon Tea (Buffet) with local specialties, tours in original oldtimer automobile (weather permitting!) and danceworkshops as well as strolling in the castle’s lovely park and natural surroundings.  At 7 pm starts the romantic Ball Schloss Au "Dance & Elegance 19th ct."  Dresscode: elegant  or 19th century. It is a public venue.  Single persons welcome! Find more Details in the program:

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Program Ball Castle Au 16.9.2017
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Presentation Dancemasters Ball Castle Au
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Dance program Z. Dingsdale Schloss Au.pd
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Lodgings & Transportation Ball Castle Au
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Dressing rooms for Ladies & Gentlemen in the Castle Au
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Where is the Castle Au?

Which Ticket?

3 different tickets for the 16.9.2017 are available:

  • Grand Ball Card (Morning, Afternoon, Evening) CHF 165.00 per person
  • Evening Ball Card (Evening) CHF 145.00 per person
  • Klopstock Card (Morning & Afternoon) CHF 65.00 per person

What is included in the ticket?

Grand Ball Card


Start 16.9.17 at 9.30 am until 1.30 am (17.9.17)

Ticket includes: all Danzworkshops, shuttle to Zurich port, Klopstock "Live" on the ship, Literature-Salontalk, elegant Afternoon Tea with Buffet & Music, visits in the "Herrenzimmer" and the Boudoir, Welcome-Drink, Ball with live Orchestra, Buffet, Belle-Epoque-late happy-hour-drink in the Landgasthof Au. You can join the program at any time.

No highheels permitted.

Evening Ball Card


Ticket includes: Danceworkshop 4 pm. welcome drink, Ball with live Orchestra, Visits in the "Herrenzimmer" and the Boudoir, Buffet, Belle Epoque-late-happy-hour-Drink in the Landgasthof Au

No highheels permitted.

Klopstock Card


9.30 am to 4 pm

Introduction and 1st Danceworkshop, Shuttle to Port Bürkliplatz Zurich, poetic theatre on ship, Salontalk on Literature and Poetry, elegant Afternoon Tea

no highheels permitted

What is not included in the ticket?

Grand Ball Card

Not included: Ship-ticket Bürkliplatz-Peninsula Au - booking on ship possible, Oldtimer-Trips, beverages exept Tea at Afternoon-Tea and Welcomedrink, Sundayprogram 17.9.2017


Evening Ball Card

Not included: Afternoon-Tea, Literature-Salon, Ship, Oldtimertrips, Sundayprogram

Klopstock Card

Not included: Ship-Ticket, Oldtimertrips, Ball & Program after 4 pm, Sundayprogram

You want to have a really romantic day?

In case of sunny weather, there will be the unique occasion to book a 25 min. trip in this original Lorraine-Dietrich, 1905.

Suits 6 persons max.

CHF 60 per person per trip.


to be paid cash at the Ball directly. Only CHF accepted. No credit cards etc.

The royal sunday program 17.9.2017:

On the footsteps of Queen Victoria in Switzerland

The association Plaisir d’Histoire invites you (all guests of the ball as well as other guests are welcome) to join a queenlike excursion: Queen Victoria started planning – still mourning – a visit in Switzerland as early as 1865. She wrote to General Grey: «The Queen does feel she must try to spend 4 weeks in some complete quiet spot in Switzerland…». So she travelled  thinly disguised as «The Countess of Kent» in company with her daughters Louise and Beatrice, as well as her son Leopold to find that spot: at lake Lucerne. She was so fond of the lake describing it like this: "Nothing can exceed the beauty of the Lake in any direction (...) that wonderful colour varying from saphire blue to emerald green - is too glorious" (Quotes from Peter Arengo-Jones, Queen Victoria in Switzerland, London, 1995).


Program: after the Belle-Epoque-inspired buffet in the Landgasthof Au, Wädenswil (start 10 am), a coach will take us on a one hour drive over gentle hills towards the central part of Switzerland, where the myths and legends of the origin of the Swiss Confederation were born: to Lake Lucerne. We will board a steamship and enjoy the same route the Queen has taken. We will stop at the elegant Hotel Vitznauerhof, where the Queen has also been staying for a few nights. After a delightful «royal» English Teatime and dances with the Orchestra Pannonia we will take the coach again to return to Wädenswil/Richterswil (back 7pm).

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Charges: CHF 138.00 per person, including: breakfast buffet, coach, boattrip, teatime and thé dansant with the Pannonia Orchestra, english speaking guide

Feel free to dress up:  Dresscode elegant-comforable or 19th c.- befitting a victorian event.

Queen Victoria Program 17.9.2017
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Dear guest: we are delighted, if you join this very special and very exclusive public event. Please take note, that with the purchase of a ticket, you accept that you are partaking in all parts of the event at your own risk. There will be fotographers and TV: this is a public venue, pictures and images might be published in Social Media and TV. Thanks for your understanding.