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Spanish Riding School

Relive the prestige of centuries past! See the Lipizzaners train accompanied by classical Viennese music.

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Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training with Young Stallions

1. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training with Young Stallions

Gain interesting insights into the routines of the riders and their young Lipizzaners as you visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. See how the traditions, which have been practiced at the school for the last 457 years, remain almost unchanged to this day. Observe the future stars of the Spanish Riding School at their first training sessions in the imperial ambiance of the baroque winter riding school. Listen to commentary and classical Viennese music that accompanies the session. See the training for the basic walk, trot, and canter, the foundations for every equestrian rider and horse. These are the main exercises for these young Lipizzaner talents. The young stallions are particularly interesting as the exercises are explained in detail demonstrating the commitment and hard work required to achieve the perfection that each rider and horse strives for.

Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

2. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A particularly atmospheric lighting concept was developed by renowned multimedia artist André Heller for the performances in the most beautiful riding arena in the world. This atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. The 1.5-hour Gala Performance includes live moderation, the Standard Performance is 70 minutes long, and the Tribute to Vienna performance lasts for 2 hours.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

3. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

Vienna: Spanish Riding School Lipizzaner Classic Performance

4. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Lipizzaner Classic Performance

Enjoy a wonderful performance by the Riders of the Spanish Riding School and the carriage driving riders from the Lipizzaner Stud Piber in the wonderful baroque ambiance of the Winter Riding Hall, accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Lipizzaners are considered the oldest horse breed in Europe, known worldwide for their elegant equestrian performances. While the High School of Classical Horsemanship, often referred to as the "Ballet of the white stallions" remains the essential part of this new program an additional attraction awaits you. After three High School performances executed by the famous school stallions from Vienna and their riders, enjoy one of the most outstanding skills of the Lipizzaners and watch their perfection, beauty, and harmony carriage horses. This will be shown as a special highlight at the end of the show. The use of the white and elegant Lipizzaners as exquisite carriage horses, although rarely seen today, derives from the adoration of these horses within the court of the Habsburgs over centuries. The "Lipizzaner Classic" gives you a fantastic insight into the overall ability of these white stars, starting with the three program parts of Classical Horsemanship and ending with an exclusive demonstration of carriage driving from the Lipizzaner Stud in Piber, 50 km outside Vienna.

Vienna: Electric Bus Tour

5. Vienna: Electric Bus Tour

Enjoy the highlights of one of Europe's most magical cities from the comfort of an electric bus, as you absorb 30 scenic attractions. Sit back and relax as you wind your way through Vienna's old town, and cruise past sights such as the house where Mozart gave his first concert. Take a journey back in history as you marvel at the beauty of the 13th-century Michaelerkirche, and revel in the beauty of the majestic Albertina Art Museum. Soak in the atmosphere at the leisurely speed of 10km per hour, and take snaps of the key sights at your own pace.

Spanish Riding School: From Stables to Attic Floors Tour

6. Spanish Riding School: From Stables to Attic Floors Tour

A tour to provide you with a new perspective of Spanish riding school, from stables to the attic floors. You can visit the Baroque roof structure and see the more than 250 year old wooden roof structural system, which is built from over 2000 wooden pieces. As a highlight of this tour you can climb a ladder and enjoy a unique view (through a small window) of Vienna and come back home with stunning & unique pictures of Vienna's old town. During your guided tour you will also visit the horse stables and see the magnificent winter riding school which presents one of the main works of the Austrian late Baroque. The hall was the largest interior of the Hofburg until the 19th century.

Vienna: Lipizzaner Special Admission Ticket

7. Vienna: Lipizzaner Special Admission Ticket

Visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzaner Special, the new, shorter show created with the aim of inspiring visitors and introducing them to the world of dressage. See the three most fascinating exercises from the riding school's repertoire and listen to insightful commentary provided during the short intervals between riding displays. Choose between standing tickets and gallery tickets.

Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

8. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

Walk around the finest areas in Vienna on this walking tour with your art historian guide. Visit the Ringstrasse, explore the Hofburg and hear about classical dressage outside the infamous Spanish Riding School. Visit the most famous attractions of the city, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the famous Graben shopping street, Hero's Square and the Austrian National Library. Meet your guide at the geographical center of Vienna, the splendid 13th-century St Stephen's Cathedral, at Stephansplatz. Walk through Vienna's historical downtown and learn about the stories hidden behind its monuments, magnificent boulevards, and epic architecture. Hear stories of imperial rulers, grand architecture, and epoch-changing historical events. Learn insider tips from your guide like where the best bars and restaurants in the city are and how to make the most of the famous coffee house culture.

Vienna: "A Tribute to Vienna" at the Spanish Riding School

9. Vienna: "A Tribute to Vienna" at the Spanish Riding School

Settle in for a performance with Prof. Günter Seifert, member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and his Philharmonic colleagues. Capriole, levade, and Johann Strauß: the performance of "A Tribute to Vienna" will showcase the highlights of the Viennese Ballet of the White Stallions with interspersed musical presentations of the imperial period. The Spanish Riding School presents its most important exercises of the range of the High School — as usual, in highest elegance and harmony — among others the "Pas de Deux" or the world-famous Schools Above the Ground, which could include a capriole or levade. Professor Günter Seifert presents a typical Viennese repertoire: from the Waltz Song of Johann Strauß II "Out there in Sieveringthe lilac is blooming already," the "Chineser Galop" by Johann Strauß I, the "Jubelwalzer" by Joseph Lanner, to the "Radetzky March," one of the most famous marches in the world, which traditionally concludes every New Year’s concert and has a highly symbolic meaning for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour to The Hofburg & Graben Street

10. Vienna: Private Walking Tour to The Hofburg & Graben Street

You will meet your guide at Albertina Square. Just across the street lays Albertina Gallery and nearby Viennese State Opera. Your guide will explain to you about those buildings, the city of Vienna, its history and present. After that, you will start 2 hours walking experience through the city center. On the way, you will visit Hofburg Palace, Spanish riding school, Graben street, walk through narrow streets and passages and discover Vienna from a new point of view. Your private guide will be there for you, so please prepare your questions, about art, history, cuisine, lifestyle, everything that you wanted to know about the Austrian capital. The private group size is limited to a maximum of 9 people, so the group has the best quality experience. The end of the tour will be nearby St. Stephen cathedral.

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What people are saying about Spanish Riding School

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4.3 / 5

based on 8,867 reviews

The tour was very informative about the Lippizaners- magnificent horses - and the 450-year tradition of training them at the Spanish Riding School. Our guide was very accessible and knowledgeable for any questions. The very best part was getting to see these very special horses up so close!

The visit gave us interesting insights and was very entertaining - highly recommended if you don't have much to do with horses yourself

Wonderful setting. Wait outside by the stables to watch the handlers walk the stallions into the arena prior to the show

Fun and interesting to take a look behind the scenes. Nice to see how lovingly the horses are treated. Recommended.

Lovely trip, would highly recommend and also the stable tour