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Spanish Riding School

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Address: | Unter der Michaelerkuppel, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number: 43153390310
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world...

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for more than 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole - which can also be found on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The performances of the horses trained by this famous equestrian school amazed audiences from all over the world.

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Interesting indeed

As others have commented, this experience means much more if you have an understanding and appreciation of horses. Still, for those not as knowledgable, this experience certainly... read more

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Poorly sign posted to find the riding school. We arrived at 9.15am and already the queue was out of the door and down the courtyard. There were 2 queues one for ticket sales and one for thoses who had tickets. Both queues ended up mixing and there was a lot of people shoving and queue jumping. We got to the... More 

Thank Fran L
Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to see the the morning training. Long inefficient lines. Cannot take picture -- who knows why. I like seeing horses, but this was very boring. Had tickets as part of a Pass -- would have felt cheated if I paid for it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As others have commented, this experience means much more if you have an understanding and appreciation of horses. Still, for those not as knowledgable, this experience certainly still has some interest and value - and - with live animals performing, is sure to be a hit with the kids. As suggested by others here, we just did the morning practices.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The splendour of Vienna is probably at its absolute pinnacle in the Spanish riding school. It’s architecture within the Hofburg ensures that it conforms to the exacting Baroque style and that everything is presented in “tiptop” conditions. The arena is lovely – I had seen lots of times previously on the television and it did not disappoint; the cream of... More 

Thank Nicky S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to watch the Lipizzaner stallions doing their morning exercise. I would have .iked to see a performance but these only take place at the weekends. As the name suggests it is excercise, not a show, as some people seem to expect. It consists of four half hour sessions during which riders, wearing the traditional riding school costume, exercise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for morning exercises and a guided tour. They complimented each other perfectly as after the exercises we had lots of questions all of which were answered in the tour. I've ridden all my life and was in awe of their horsemanship skills and the bond between horse and rider. We saw many of their skills on show during... More 

Thank Claire W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

- you should first take the tour - the guided one - and than see the performance . Because you will better understand the show

Thank Andreea P
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a long awaited visit to the Spanish Riding School and the displays by horse and rider were the epitome of discipline, training and enjoyment for both. The setting alone is worth the visit but I was disappointed to pay €109 for a box seat to have about 20% of the arena in blind spots.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While this is a must see because of the beauty and precision of the riding, two thoughts: 1.. reserve your seats EARLY before the day of show AND 2.. reserve first level seats (NOT top level).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This equestrian venue is second to none as an experience and totally unforgettable. The environment is exceptional as are the riding displays available to view! The main displays are in the afternoon and very expensive. The afternoon seating puts the audience up above the level of the horses which is strange to begin with but one can really appreciate the... More 

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