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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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$22.49 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect tour.
Great tour ! Nice Experience. Impressive English speaking guidance. The place is a must see from everybody !!!
Vassilis_K, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Vienna

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Super!
Monika_S, Jan 2020
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
Sensational, every horse person should visit to see how training should be ! Watching these magnificent Stallions and their trainers at works was simply awe inspiring.
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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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Spanish Riding School Tour Up Close and Personal
RJ D, Dec 2019
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
As avid horse fans and owners were in awe of the stables, arena, tack room, history and up close proximity to the beautiful horses themselves, that we were afforded. Our guide was knowledgeable, informative and passionate about the History and current day workings of the Spanish Riding School. We didn't think we'd have such access to the school grounds. It was a wonderful tour!
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Good for horse lovers
Geertjan_D, Jun 2019
Spanish Riding School Training Ticket
The horse and rider training takes 2 hours and is specifically of interest to horse minded people. If you have nothing with horses the 2 hours of exercise may not be the most exiting. However my wife, who is a horse rider and myself enjoyed the morning. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance and be there half an hour before the training start at 10.00. Otherwise you may have to stand. Seating is limited !
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Amazing
Alan_F, Dec 2019
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
We learned so much in our visit. Our guide (English your) was so knowledgeable and patient. We need to go back again. We lived it so much Thank you x
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Vienna
Garry_D, Nov 2019
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour
Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour is very good , Enjoyed walking around and learning all the history of the school

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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