Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School, Vienna: Address, Phone Number, Spanish Riding School Reviews: 3.5/5

Spanish Riding School
3.5
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from $18.95
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The area
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Neighborhood: Inner City
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.
How to get there
  • Herrengasse • 3 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk
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Mart T
Radstock, UK132 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We did the afternoon tour of the building and stables which, at €19 per person was, in my view, very overpriced. You get to see the riding area, which is impressive and then visit the horses in the stables. For this part it would have got 1 star.

Fortunately, Florina, our tour guide, did a very good job of making a pretty ordinary tour reasonably interesting.

Therefore, my three stars are an average of 1 and 5.

I would not do the tour again but imagine seeing the horses in action would be very impressive so recommend you make sure you go for this.
Written February 16, 2020
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Richard S
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK32 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Both my daughter and I are keen horse riders and this was a present for her birthday. We were both looking forward to the performance.
Given the price was about 80€, the performance was not great, the horse performances not as crisp and sharp as well was expecting.
I'd watched the Olympia horse show by chance the previous week and the dressage performances were by far superior, which is a shame a si would have thought the world's best and oldest school would have provided for a far greater experience.
We returned later for the guided tour which told us the riders train for around 8-12 years to perform, so again you would have expected better
Having said all the above the show was enjoyable and the horses beautiful to see, just perhaps not the performance they may once have been and I would have expected a price of around 40€, especially as we could not take photos or videos of the performance!
Written January 4, 2020
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Christy M
Kelty, UK141 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went to see the morning exercise we had already booked the tickets but the queue was still quite big. Stayed for just over an hour horses are beautiful and in a beautiful building aswell but there’s not much to see other than them getting warmed up, would have preferred to watch a proper performance, however we were glad we went. Photos are not allowed and seen a lady walking around and telling people off for taking photos.
Written February 29, 2020
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James S
Brough, UK291 contributions
Mar 2020
In all the attractions we visited, this has to be one of the best. We decided long ago when we wanted to come to Vienna that the Spanish Riding school had to be on our bucket list and so pleased it was. We took the guided tour which was worth every penny. Only lasts one hour but our guide made sure we did not miss anything at all. You are greeted in the main foyer by your tour guide and there are two language tours (German & English) so make sure you chose the right one. You are taken around the whole arena, the tack rooms, the stables and the main court yard. Photography is allowed but not in the stables and be prepared to be removed from the tour if you defy the guide and try and get a sneaky picture in the stables. You are taken right up close to the magnificent horses but not within touching distance and you cannot imagine how graceful they are until you are standing beside them. As I said earlier and having seen most of the attractions, this has to be one of the best. They have practice sessions in the arena also where the general public can go and watch but a piece of advice, if you are going, then go early as it can get very busy. They have a lovely gift shop for your souveniers and a lovely café on site as well.
Written March 5, 2020
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Elena K
4 contributions
Jan 2020
We bought tickets in the front row on the side where the Emperor used to sit in the old times. You have to do it well in advance. Horses are on vacation for 2 summer months in the mountains. Sometimes they travel abroad. So check beforehand when they are in their residence.
Tickets were expensive. You can buy cheaper tickets on the other sides of the arena or even standing places.
The performance (dressage) is absolutely stunning work of both horses and riders.
You can’t take photos during the performance.
Written January 7, 2020
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Janet S
Greater London, UK169 contributions
Jan 2020
If you love horses, this is the place to go. We went to see the early morning training sessions. They run every half an hour, but you can attend all four of these. They exercise and train around 6 different horses on average, every half hour. You have to remember these are part of their training sessions, not a display as such. But they give you a taster of how they train these wonderful creatures.
We stayed for the whole two hours as we were totally mesmerised.
I would suggest getting there from the start, as the seats fill up quite quickly (first come first served).
We also attended the tour in the afternoon. This lasted about an hour. It was very insightful and our guide was amazing. She answered everyones questions and you could tell she loves what she does.
Some people think this is expensive, but compared to other activities in Vienna I think it is good value for money.
Also remember if you visit in the summer the riders and most of all the horses will be enjoying the well earned vacations.
Written January 30, 2020
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debwit62
Hod Hasharon, Israel104 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We bought tickets on line for the Spanish Riding School Performance. The riding hall was beautiful with chandeliers and carved decorations on the ceiling. The performance is about 70 minutes long. You aren't allowed to photograph the performance.
The horses are beautiful and the performance is elegant and enchanting. It isn't clear how much work goes into training and exercising these horses from the performance but it must be an astonishing amount. A unique experience.
Written November 22, 2021
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Unhappy14
Copenhagen, Denmark30 contributions
Feb 2020
My wife and I had booked tickets for a performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. We paid and received our e-tickets. I booked airfare and a hotel in Vienna, so we could see the performance on a Sunday. A few days ago I received an email saying that the performance had been cancelled! We cannot change our hotel or airline tickets, so now we are stuck with three nights in Vienna and no performance on the dates we are there! Terrible service! No apologies and no offers to help us out in any way! I wrote to them and have still not received a reply and the money hasn't yet been refunded! Don't book in advance and don't book a trip to Vienna if your purpose is to see the show! I would never have booked a weekend trip otherwise as Vienna is dead on Sundays as shops are closed.
Written February 5, 2020
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joji718
Rizal Province, Philippines19 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
My friends and I intended to just watch the morning exercises but we were told the exercises were cancelled to make way for a gala show. There and then we decided to pay the 39 Euro for the standing room only. We were worried but still took on the challenge and it was well worth it! The show was something different and well worth standing to watch the 60 minute show. The horses were so beautiful and well trained. If your schedule will allow we strongly suggest you include this in your itinerary. It's a pity we could not take pictures of the horses.
Written January 1, 2020
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NikosPap69
Panorama, Greece64 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We attended the morning training. There was nothing interesting to see. It was just a training of horses and riders one by one. First 20 min it was the oldest horses while the next part were the training of new horses. We got bored even the kids. We paid about 60€ to see some horses going on circles.
Written October 31, 2021
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