Spanish Riding School

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

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Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

1. 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

2. 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: Lipizzaner Special Admission Ticket

3. 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: Electric Bus Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

6. Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

Discover Vienna's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Start near the Sacher Hotel and learn everything about the capital of Austria. Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour tour and admire the exterior of the Hofburg complex. Take a look at the magnificent buildings and the horses of the Spanish Riding School. Then, continue to Vienna's most famous coffee houses. Venture off the beaten path to the Blutgasse district and finish with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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

7. 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: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Revel in the sights and sounds of Vienna’s festive period on a walking tour of 3 of its picturesque Christmas markets, and see Vienna’s prettiest squares transform for the season with the aromas and flavors of winter. The illuminated buildings of the Ringstraße make a fabulous backdrop for a host of baked goods, hot punch and roasted chestnuts. Go to the Arts and Crafts Market in the shadow of St. Charles Church (Karlskirche). Visit the Old Vienna Christkindl Markt at Freyung, ringed by the city palaces and Schottenkirche. A calmer alternative to the crowds of Rathausplatz, the market provides plenty of opportunities to sample Christmas goodies (at your own expense). Next, visit the Kingdom of Lights at Rathausplatz, Vienna’s largest Christmas market, with roots that date back to the 18th century. As well as dozens of food stalls, browse the beautiful handmade arts and crafts from Austria and Central Europe. See elaborately decorated Christmas trees in the park, including the Kasperl tree (“Tree of Seals”) and Herzerlbaum (“Tree of Hearts.”) Along the way you will see festive lights at sights such as the Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, Spanish Riding School and City Hall. Marvel at the decorations of the main shopping boulevards, such as Graben and Kohlmarkt, and catch the strains of Haydn, Mozart and Strauss in the Rathaus every weekend leading up to Christmas.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour to The Hofburg & Graben Street

9. 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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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7,574 reviews

My guide (i forgot his name) is really friendly! It felt really like private tour and we laughed alot. Such nice e-Bus tour it was, I would recommend to take this short-but-not-that-short trip to get to know the city in general first

Easy exchange of voucher and found our seats quickly. Beautiful venue and excellent horsemanship. The horses are phenomenal, a lovely, enjoyable program

Great! Used this bus to see all the best places around Vienna and then used it to get to them! Commentary on board was really interesting too.

The tour guide from Serbia was very knowledgable and friendly.

The tour guide was very friendly… I enjoyed the tour…