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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Reitschule)

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Address: Michaelerplatz 1 | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: 43 1 222 533 9031
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The performances of the horses trained by this famous equestrian school...
The performances of the horses trained by this famous equestrian school have amazed audiences for over 400 years.
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Morning exercise with music

Get there early! Best seen from the lower level; therefore, it is essential to get there early or else be extremely lucky. Don't expect practices of formations, but do expect to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I love horses and the Spanish Riding School performance was the highlight of the trip to Vienna. Book in advance (we were seated whereas others were standing for 90 minutes, craning to see over the top of others). The performance is mesmerising.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

It fully met my expectations (which were high), a total must, for horse lovers or not! Such grace and command, I actually cried during the show...

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The morning exercise a total waste of time and money and a horrible experience. We booked when visiting Vienna for three days - after seeing amazing advertising posters for the show. I don't quite know what we expected (maybe some training for the show?) but serves us right for not checking on here first. Even after pre-booking tickets you have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We had planned to go to the morning exercises but after reading some of the reviews here decided not to, but rather just to visit the facility and see if we could see the horses in their stalls or crossing the road on the way back from their exercises. Quite by accident we found ourselves in the riding hall for... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Get there early! Best seen from the lower level; therefore, it is essential to get there early or else be extremely lucky. Don't expect practices of formations, but do expect to see the horses execute a variety of gaits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I enjoyed the stable tour and warm up performance of the beautiful and historic Lipizzaner horses. Unfortunately I missed the formal performance, but it is like horse ballet. The Spanish riding school is gorgeous. It's just a shame they have such strict rules about taking photos of the horses... so my photos are of the building and the equipment, sadly,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Would have been pretty disappointed if I had paid for this separately from the Vienna Pass. You can queue for ages just to see a few horses (magnificent though they are!) being walked around a smelly paddock. I imagine that the weekend shows must be spectacular. However, a midweek exercise session is mind-numbingly dull. We gave it about 10 mins,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Guided tour of the school, arena and stables. Knowledgeable guides presented the history and philosophy of this traditional school dating back 450 years. Tour included the tack room and a discussion on the various equipment used, and how it is used. An added bonus to our Scenic River Cruise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Pay the 15e fare and watch the most beautiful 4-legged animals you'll ever see during their warm-up exercises in the morning. The Mrs. and I did just that and were only partially disappointed. I say "partially" because the school does NOT allow ANY photography nor videography. Understandable, but disappointing nonetheless. To watch these animals exercise to the sounds of Johann... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I really enjoyed the show. Firguring I would only see it once in my lifetime I booked the most expensive floor seats and it was worth it. (Bought the tickets online and paid a little extra to have the delivered to the hotel the day prior). The seats were comfortable and you really felt that the horses were performing for... More 

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.