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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

It was nice learning about the school and how the horses live there and are trained by the riders, but unfortunately we can´t see any presentation.

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Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

this the center-piece of any trip to vienna.Horses and riders are very talented .A once-in-a-lifetime experiece

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This wonderful riding school was on my bucket list, and it was worth waiting for! WOW! I had tears of joy, we attended the sunday morning performance, and the magnitude of the large rising arena with its alluring chandeliers, and then the music and the horses! I was a dressage rider in my younger years, and this performance of precision... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The actual performance was all booked, so we got tickets for the morning practice session. It was the only time in Austria that I felt I could apply the term "tourist trap". The long line to get in can only mean that the trap works well. If you enjoy spending 14 euro and a couple of hours watching four gentlemen... More

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California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
8 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I was afraid that our seats in the upper balcony would be too far away from the horses to see them well (we had seats 146 and 147), but we were able to see the show just fine from the upper balcony. There is only one row of seats there; you just stand up to look down at the show... More

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City of San Marino, San Marino
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106 reviews 106 reviews
23 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the show. The skills on display were impressive, and the ambience is very nice. Not so nice: seats are expensive (and uncomfortable), and the whole show is over in only 75 minutes.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I'd waited 30 years to come here, so when we were visiting Vienna and found out that by pure chance it was the first performance after the summer break, we bought tickets. Our seats were on the second floor at the end of the school, with an uninterrupted view. Initially the school was dark with just huge blue chandeliers hanging... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Many reviews on trip advisor say the morning practice sessions are boring. If you go to the morning practice expecting show jumping or the choreography of the big evening show, you'll be disappointed. Morning practice is 2 hours, consists of 4 sessions of 30 min each, with each session having 5 or 6 horses in the ring. Strauss and Schubert... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Your reviewers who were disappointed may, I suspect, not have ever sat on a horse. And what do they expect for the money? It is a gentle, atmospheric view into the life of the Riding School, ideal for a damp morning. The horses are lovely, and yes the pace is slow and calm. The adjacent cafe is a great place... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

The horses are beautiful. Practice is from 10am-12pm. When we were there, 5 horses came out each half hour. We stayed for a little over one hour so we saw 15 different horses. Majority were younger horses (easy to tell by their color) who mostly just walked around. We only saw one horse practice the more advanced moves involving rearing... More

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