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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Reitschule)

Michaelerplatz 1 | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)
43 1 222 533 9031
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Ranked #20 of 76 Activities in Vienna
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The performances of the horses trained by this famous equestrian school have amazed audiences for over 400 years.
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

For dressage riders very interesting but PLEASE don't go to the morning exercised & expect to see horses leaping around as it is 2 hours of EXERCISE. The horses do very little exercises above the ground as it is exceptionally difficult both mentally & physically AND they are not machines. I suggest booking tickets for the weekend performance if you... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The performance was excellent. A dream realized for any horse enthusiast. It's hard to believe it's real because it was so magical.

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SCOTLAND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Although the Spanish Riding school do visit other countries there is nothing to compare to sitting in ether grandeur of the baroque building watching them. This was my daughters 16th birthday present and worth every cent. After the show stop for a coffee in the cafe and sit outside you are likely to see some of the stallions in the... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I have heard about the riding school as a must to visit while in Vienna. I didn't make it to the performance so decided to join the guided tour which goes for an hour. It was an enjoyable experience in a small group of about 20-25. During the tour you get to learn about the history of the school and... More

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Middleburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This "Show" is the ultimate in living history for our beloved sport. From it's use in war by none other than Napoleon to it's rescue by the American troops in WWII, this is a facet in discipline not to be missed.

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Certainly a must see if you are in Vienna. Although a bit over rated, you have to appreciate the charm of the building, the discipline of horse and rider and the tradition behind the whole setting. The horses are beautiful and the moves clearly show the hours of training. Tip for the Day: Unless you cannot physically stand for 75... More

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Annapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The precision and exquisite beauty of these horse-rider teams makes it a must-see part of Vienna. There is a wonderful 80-minute show. But the prime seats, around the royal box (it keeps the name even though there are no royals around) often sell out months in advance. Tickets are available for advance purchase on the Riding School's website--but beware: the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I've been twice to the show, and it has disappointed me twice. Yes, the long history and beautiful horses are impressive, and yes, it is a wonderful setting, but the positives end there. The moves that the horses perform are nice, but 70 minutes of trotting, and variants thereof, along with a little jumping is a bit much. This is... More

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Had seen the show in the UK a few years ago but now I got to see them in their stables and it was so worth it as they are a beautiful breed and were nearly lost in WW2 so that makes them even more special. Dont miss it, the stables are lovely and you will learn a lot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

enjoyed the performance very much, too bad i couldn't see the stables with my friends because it isn't wheelchair accessible!

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