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Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

1. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

4. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

Red Route On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island. 1. Opera/Oper 2. House of Music/Haus der Musik3. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere4. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 5. Museums/Hofbug 6. City Hall/Rathaus7. Votive Church/Votivkirche 8. Schwedenplatz/DDSG River Cruise C9. Prater 10. UNO City/DC Tower 11. Danube Island/Donauinsel12. City Park/Stadtpark  Schönbrunn Blue Route This route guides you from the city center out to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. You will learn more about Vienna’s imperial heritage and the life of Sisi. 1. Opera/Albertina2. Museums Quartier/Mariahilfer Straße 3. Museums/Hofburg4. Aqua Terra Zoo/Haus des Meeres 5. Mariahilfer Straße/Ibis Hotel 6. Schönbrunn Palace&Zoo/Schloss Schönbrunn7. Main train station/Hauptbahnhof 8. Upper Belvedere/Oberes Belvedere 9. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere Guided City Walk (only included in Premium and Deluxe tickets) Departure from Stop 1, Opera. The tour runs daily at 11:30 AM in English and at 1:30 PM in German. Discover the life of the Habsburgs by visiting Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin’s Crypt – the main place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburgs. The tour also covers the music in the city, from Mozart to Haydn and Beethoven, plus the many composers Vienna is famous for. The tour starts from Stop 1: Opera and lasts approximately 90 minutes and ends at St. Stephens Cathedral, the most important Gothic church in Austria. Explore the beautiful buildings and gardens of Vienna at your own pace from onboard the city’s open-top double-decker hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, and learn how the Austrian capital developed from its early Celtic and Roman settlements to become the largest city in Austria. Regarded as a 'City of Music' for its extraordinary musical legacy, Vienna is also known as the 'City of Dreams' due to its association with the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and you can follow his story in the Sigmund Freud Museum. Stops along the way include the Haus der Musik, which presents the history of music through interactive exhibitions. Choose from multiple options including a deluxe tour that includes a 1-hour guided evening tour starting at 6:30 PM designed to give you a different view of the most iconic sights in Vienna. The onboard recorded commentary is available in 13 languages, providing valuable information to help you plan your day. Soak up the sights of the impressive buildings, then jump off at any of the stops listed above.

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Vienna: Skip-the-Line Spanish Riding School Performance

5. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Spanish Riding School Performance

Witness spectacular skills of beautiful Lipizzan stallions and their trainers without needing to stand in line. Discover the historical and cultural heritage of the Imperial Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Hofburg Palace complex. Begin your tour in front of the Looshaus, a stunning example of Viennese Modernism. Follow your experienced guide on a journey through the historic Hofburg Palace Complex. Learn about the Habsburg dynasty's influence on the Spanish Riding School and the school's 450-year history. After your tour, leave your guide behind and skip the line to see the legendary Horse Training Show. Enjoy the beautiful Viennese music and the Ballet of the White Stallions. Wonder at the skillful maneuvering and the horse's shiny coats.

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

6. 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) • 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.

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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.

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

8. 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 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

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Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

9. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

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Vienna: City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Vienna: City Highlights Walking Tour

Learn all about the Austrian capital and discover the stories hidden in its streets. Wander down major thoroughfares and narrow alleys with your guide on an informative walk through the city's past. Hear about the lives of famous figures who shaped the course of Vienna's history. See the influence of the Habsburgs in the form of grand buildings and residences. Admire the intricate architecture of Vienna's churches and note the details of their unique architecture. Pass by some of the oldest structures in the city.

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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 7,328 reviews

Superb experience with the Vienna Pass. Everything is simple, buses every hour, stops visible and easy to take. A really appreciable quality of service, a map and a small book are provided to consult all the places included in the PASS. I highly recommend.

Breathtaking performance, the horses were beautiful and the riders were so skilful. Showing tickets and covid checks were really well organised. Would highly recommend to anybody visiting Vienna

It would be helpful if it was pointed out in advance that there are a lot of stairs to climb. I would have chosen cards of a better category and easier access.

Very kind and well informed guide. Maybe it is more interesting if you attend a training course of the horses and not just a guided tour inside the stables.

Really helpful for sightseeing in Vienna. Unfortunately, public transportation not included.