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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)
Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

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Michaelerplatz 1, Vienna, 1010

The Basics

During morning training sessions at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, impeccable and graceful snow-white Lipizzan horses practice intricate figures and jumps accompanied by classical music, with riders dressed in their historic empire-style uniforms and bicorn hats. They go through their paces in the elegant 18th-century Winter Riding School (Winterreitschule), commissioned by Emperor Charles VI. In addition to exercises, the school also holds more formal exhibitions and even gala performances a few times each week in addition to daily guided tours of the Baroque Summer Riding School and the Stallburg, one of Vienna’s most significant Renaissance structures. If you want to see the horses without watching a training session, you can observe them from outside the adjacent Stallburg stables. A stop at the Spanish Riding School is a must during any Vienna city walking tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour; the school is included in the Vienna Flexi Pass and Vienna Pass tickets as well.

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Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
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$20.66 per adult
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A Good Big Picture
Both interesting and educational. Our guide described the school from both the horses and riders' perspective, and explained how the riding came to be and how it fit into the larger Lipizzaners operation.
jckendrick77, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vienna

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Practical makes perfect!
Oscar_T, Jun 2022
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
Interesting to see how the riders, as well as the houses are trained. They are at different levelet of experience. It was also interesting to learn that the younger houses are dark and their costs white as they age.
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Something different and most enjoyable.
Graham_I, May 2022
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
Watching the Instructor supervising the Class and watching the riders schooling their horses. Good to see 3 female riders. Two of the 7 seats we paid for were double booked. Not good.
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Horses
Alex_K, Oct 2019
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
The tour and guide was great and the venue very nice and clean. The only disappointment was not being able to see the horses perform. At least they could have shown a couple of the horses perform.
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Perfect tour.
Vassilis_K, Aug 2021
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Great tour ! Nice Experience. Impressive English speaking guidance. The place is a must see from everybody !!!
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It’s amazing to see how...
GEORGIA_D, Jan 2022
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
It’s amazing to see how the horses and trainers are in such harmony. Very impressive hall. Would definitely like to see an actual show
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Beautiful horses!
Ernest_C, Dec 2021
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
Watching the horses was wonderful. Sound system in the training area is terrible - extremely difficult to understand the speaker. The horses are beautiful - we were hoping for somewhat more of a narration or something to indicate what was going on. This is simply a practice session - each horse/rider doing their own thing, so you are on your own with figuring out what to watch for.
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Return visit
Anna_Flawn, Feb 2020
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Our second visit to the Riding School behind the scenes and it didn't disappoint. The horses live in absolute luxury. The horses are all beautifully cared for and placid. Look out for the unique bay.
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Seeing the horses
Kathleen_M, Feb 2020
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Our guide was interesting and informative. Loved seeing the stables, riding area, and horses. Would highly recommend.
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Worth considering when in Vienna.
Neil_P, Feb 2020
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
No need to rush for 10am start. An hour is sufficient for most people it would seem, so after an hour there are plenty of seats. The final hour of practice is not too dissimilar to the first hour. It is enjoyable if one admires horses of course and certainly worth pre booking for the discount.
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Good tour
sarahevetts, Feb 2020
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Really enjoyed our tour the guide was lovely and gave lots of info only sad point was we couldn’t touch the horses
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Money well spent
dessiehm, Jan 2020
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Enjoyed every moment of it! Very informative and detailed on the Spanish horses and how they are bred! Tour guide Joshua was the best! Too bad we didn’t get a chance to actually see them on a show.
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A dream come true
skirunbike2, Jan 2020
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
I have waited almost 40 years to see the Lipozzan Stallions in the Palace in Vienna. This was truly a dream come true. I have ridden and shown horses for many years and could not take my eyes off of the riders and horses while training. Magnificent! I will be back again, for sure.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Children from three to six years old are admitted free of charge but must be held on an adult’s lap; children under three years old are not admitted.

  • The school is accessible to those with limited mobility, and tickets for wheelchair spaces are available.

  • The school is not recommended for those with allergies to horses or dust.

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How to Get There

The Spanish Riding School is located in the Hofburg, in central Vienna. The closest metro station is Herrengasse on line U3; alternatively you can take tram line 1, 2, D, or 62 and get off at Kartner Ring Oper or Burgring station. Buses 1A (Herrengasse stop), 2A (Michaelerplatz stop), and 3A (Habsburgergasse stop) also stop nearby.

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When to Get There

Morning exercises are held daily from 10am to 12pm, except from late June to early August and on days when a gala performance is scheduled.

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History of Lipizzan Stallions

Maximilian II first imported this prized breed of horse from Spain in 1562, and in 1580 a stud was established at Lipizza (hence “Lipizzan” or “Lipizzaner”), now in Slovenia. Since 1920, the stud located in the village of Piber has been the breeding center for Lipizzan stallions destined for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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