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Vienna's Spanish Riding School allows you to relive the prestige and sophistication of centuries past. Here are five fascinating facts about its history, which render the Spanish Riding School the only remaining dressage institution of its kind in the world.
The majestic white stallions of the Spanish Riding School are all Lipizzaner, Europe's oldest domesticated breed of horse.
The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world where the prestigious, 400-year-old equestrian tradition of the haute école is still practiced in its original form.
Accompanied by classical music, the riders and horses perform highly intricate ballets, with such magnificent feats as pirouettes, passages and piaffes, as well as amazing jumps.
At the Spanish Riding School, in order to reach the required level of excellence, a horse must undergo 6 years of training, whereas riders train for 10 to 12 years.
The hall where the performances are held, widely regarded as the world's most beautiful riding hall, was built by eminent baroque architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer in the 1730s.
Note that there are different options for visiting the Spanish Riding School, including taking a tour of the stables, watching the morning exercises and, of course, witnessing one of the performances. The availability of each option is also dependent on schedule, so make sure to carefully consider the choices to avoid disappointment.
The horses and riders have their summer break in July and August. It's best to get informed about the exact dates of the break prior to your visit, as it's not possible to watch a performance during the school's summer holidays.
Cap your day of Viennese tradition by grabbing a slice of delicious Sachertorte at the café on your way out.
- When should I visit?
- The Visitor Center is open Monday through Sunday 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Performance times vary.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets start at €14 and go up depending on performances and tours selected.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is not necessary.
- How to get there
- Take the U3 train to Herrengasse or trams 1, 2, D or J to Burgring.
- Additional information
- Children under three are not admitted.
- Each performance is about an hour, and you'll need to secure tickets well in advance.
What people are saying about Spanish Riding School
We visited the Spanish Riding school morning exercise in the first week in March. It was busier than I’d have imagined for that time of year. Exchanging my online ticket went very smoothly. The staff were very polite and helpful. Watching the horses and riders train was an amazing experience. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You weren’t allowed to take videos/photos and there were a few who were told off for doing so. The horses move so elegantly. There’s a commentator who explains the history of the horses and riders ect. It’s worth the money to watch.
This was on my "bucket list" to do, and it was well worth the visit, beautiful horses, and the training session is a great way to see how much discipline is required from both horse and rider. Was disappointed our behind the scenes tour was cancelled but the training session didn't disappoint! Fantastic experience, thoroughly enjoyed every second Carolyn, UK
Enjoyed overall. It was a great setting all very clean. Although we had booked still a long Q to exchange the booking voucher for a ticket. I would have liked to see more activity of them practising for shows rather than just trotting round for the main time.
Lovely but wish I had booked for the actual performance as this was a very basic exercise with no high school movements.Good to see the beautiful stallions and wonderful arena.
It was an experience of a lifetime for this horsewoman. Seats were great! At one point the rider was right near our seats and it felt like I was on the Lippizaner!