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 Training

2. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and observe the horses during their training. In the magnificent setting of the baroque Winter Riding Academy, the training offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. The morning exercise of the horses is accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Training includes relaxation exercises, refining and perfecting movement, and strengthening certain muscles. The famous school jumps levade, courbette, and capriole, which are shown as part of the performances by the Spanish Riding School, are not practiced on a daily basis and can only sometimes be seen during the morning exercise. The white Lipizzaner stallions are put through their paces by their riders almost every day. The primary objective of the morning exercise is to maintain the horses’ athleticism and health, as well as to build up various muscle groups that are necessary for performing the exercises of the haute école.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Walking Tour & Optional Cruise

3. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Walking Tour & Optional Cruise

See Vienna's historic and modern highlights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with audio commentary. Choose between a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass to suit your schedule. All tickets include a self-guided walking tour with an optional guided walking tour or Danube River Cruise available. Red Route See some of "Old Vienna's" landmarks including the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Proceed outside the city center past Prater Amusement Park to "Modern Vienna", with breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. Blue Route  Starting in the city center, discover Vienna's famous palaces on the blue route. Pass the Hofburg Palace, then out of the city to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. See the suburban areas of Vienna, the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus, and the “New Modern” Hauptbahnhof. Classic Ticket: 24 Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Self-Guided Walking Tour With the Classic Ticket, benefit from 24-hour access to the sightseeing bus tour to see the best of Vienna in one day. Use the self-guided audio walking tour to learn more about the city at your own pace. Premium Ticket: 48 Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourSelf-Guided Walking Tour, and Live Guided Walking Tour With the purchase of a 48-Hour Premium Ticket, join an Inner City Vienna Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings. Deluxe Ticket: 72 Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, Self-Guided Walking Tour, Live Guided Walking Tour, Danube River Cruise, and Panoramic Night Bus Tour Select the 72-Hour Deluxe Ticket option to enjoy a scenic Danube River Cruise. In the evening, gain a different perspective on the city with access to a Panoramic Night Bus Tour with a live guide. Admire the shimmering lights of the city to finish off one of your days exploring the Austrian capital.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

4. 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 PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

5. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 6 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • Guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

6. Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

Discover Vienna's most famous sights following your personal program according to your interests. Choose from 40 different sights and sightseeing offers that include 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions in your program. Take part in a hop-on hop-off tour to get an overview of Vienna's most important sights or visit the Prater. See the Danube Tower, the Haydn House or the Johann Strauß Apartment. Visit the Jewish Museum or Imperial Treasury. Choose one of the many museums, visit the Spanish Riding School or stroll through the Schönbrunn Zoo. Attractions: - Hop-on Hop-off Ticket for 24-hours and all lines - Schönbrunn Grand Tour - Schloss Hof & Schlosss Niederweiden - Sisi Museum - Schönbrunn Zoo - Ferris wheel - Museum of Natural History - Danube Tower - Leopold Museum - Imperial Treasury - Spanish Riding School - Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) - Upper Belvedere - Klosterneuburg Monastery- Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour - Vienna ring tram - Albertina - DDSG City Cruise - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Madame Tussauds - Schönbrunn Panoramabahn - Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt - MAK (Museum of Applied Arts) - Geymüllerschlössel - And more than 30 other sights

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: Electric Bus Tour

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Spanish Riding School

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How can I visit Spanish Riding School?

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To enter Spanish Riding School, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • Choosing the right ticket

    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.

  • Summer holidays

    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.

  • A sweet finishing treat

    Cap your day of Viennese tradition by grabbing a slice of delicious Sachertorte at the café on your way out.

Good to know

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Spanish Riding School

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7,574 reviews

Good way to see the main buildings and places of interest in the city. Comfortable, clean and green way to do some sightseeing. Vienna is a big city, so this saves an awful lot of walking. Guide had good level of English and was able to identify and give a few facts about all tbe main sites. Lot cheaper than a horse and carriage!

It was unbelievable what they do with the horses. The most difficult exercises in dressage. Beautiful to look at.

Very informative guide who gave us an insight into the royal family and the history of Austria

Flexi pass for 5 top sights is the perfect choice for 3 days în Vienna în my opinion.

The organization and the demonstration corresponded exactly to our ideas.