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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 #19 of 74 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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New York City
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I've been twice--in the late fall, and in summer--and the latter is not nearly as interesting. In fall/winter you see the legendary white stallions doing their fancy footwork, and it's clear why the Lippizaner horses are an important part of Austria's cultural heritage and why the tradition lives on. In July/Aug, the stallions go on vacation, and all you see... More

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Vienna, Austria
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

In recent years the Spanish Riding School has tried to make a show available for tourists who visit during the summer months when the famous stallions are on their break. To this end they developed "Piber meets Vienna" where they bring in the mares, young fillies and new foals to entertain visitors. Unfortunately not much happens - there are a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I went in July and bought tickets to watch the morning exercise. All I can say is, don't bother. We stood and watched and waited for two hours, sure that the show was still to come, but no...the horses just walked and trotted around the ring for two straight hours in no particular order. There was no "show" no tricks,... More

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Yuma, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have been to the Spanish Riding School a number of times; when I lived in Paris (as a child) it was one of my favorite places. It helped fuel my horse obsession, something a lot of girls experience. It still does not disappoint. The history of how the Spanish Lipizzaners came to be in Vienna is interesting and the... More

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Leucate, France
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went in May as part of our trip to Vienna, and although the show was brilliant, we had seen all the dressage before to the same standard except for the brilliant jumps. We paid a lot of money for the seats at the end of the hall, you can get nearly as good a view from the side balconies... More

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Canberra, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

One of my main reasons for visiting Vienna was to see the Spanish Riding School. But of course I was going in summer and the stallions are out at stud or spelling (resting). BUT the school does a show called "PIBER MEETS VIENNA". I had trouble finding info of this show. It is a one hour show in the main... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Spanish Riding School is amazing and worth a visit. The stables are beautiful. But do not go during the summer (July and August) because the stallions are on vacation. I thought it was a joke, but they are in another part of Austria enjoying the meadows. I will def. go back.

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Belmont, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We toured the Spanish Riding School in the afternoon and then went back at night for the show of horses. Both should not be missed but you need to buy tickets ahead of time (the morning of the day you want to go is fine) because the evening show sells out quickly. The tour of the riding school is given... More

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Newton le Willows, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We booked tickets for a 'show' at the Spanish Riding School as we had heard how amazing the horses and riders are. What we got was not show at all. It was just horses running around. They didn't appear to be running around in any kind of order. Apparently the proper show is on a break in July but they... More

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Buffalo, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

First of all, we had passed the stables from the street view several times and were going to skip this tour since we learned that the horses are "on holiday" in July. It seemed like a waste. But we decided in the end to go and we would always leave. We had a private tour and our group was then... More

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