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Address: Michaelerplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: 4343153390310
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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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I am not really a horse fanatic, so I didn't want to pay for the full show. This a brilliant taster and now would like to go to the show! It starts at 10am and I would advise you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tanya l
Newbury, United Kingdom
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not really a horse fanatic, so I didn't want to pay for the full show. This a brilliant taster and now would like to go to the show! It starts at 10am and I would advise you get there in time to see the whole practice. I went to the very top, climbing up the outside metal stairs,... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent performance in the breathtaking surroundings just on every horse lover's bucket list. Wonderful, wonderful wonderful. What was disappointing though was even though I booked tickets 8 month in advance I could only get the second row of the best seats as the front row was filled with Cruise people, Most of these seemed not to be there other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have loved the movie Miracle of the White Stallions since I was a child and its the main reason I went to Vienna. The building is gorgeous and so are the horses.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife loves horses so we were looking forward to our visit, the staff were very helpful and the setting is amazing. The "show" though was slightly dull and I felt it was very expensive for what is actually is.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Attached to the larger Hofburg palace, the Spanish Riding school's base in Vienna where all the shows take place is well worth a visit. There are guided tours which include a viewing of the riding arena complex and visiting the stables (across the road from the Palace), or a cheaper ticket that gives entry to the morning exercises from 10-12am.... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a slightly disappointing experience and quite boring. Get there early if you wish to get seats, gets extremely crowded and you could end up standing for a long time. As this is a training show, don't expect anything fancy stunts from the horses. If you have a Vienna Pass and want to do something indoors or love horses,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

People wanting to go to a flashy horse show with great stunts need not go here. This is a demonstration of horse and rider skills in dressage. The riders are very good although the one hour session is pretty dry. We bought expensive seats (109 Euro each) and weren't that impressed with the view - if you are spending that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my horse-mad 18 year old daughter as she had always to see the Lippizaners. I booked the 11am show some months in advance and booked seats on the gallery in the centre as I thought they would give the best view. In hindsight, I wish I had booked the seats at the end of the hall as they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The morning exercise which can be seen most days is really only of interest to people who can see and understand what the riders are doing with the horses, most of the subtle commands given by the riders are unnoticed by non-horsey people. The cheap tickets are for standing only and the views are not great as many people are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

These animals are magnificent! Just watching them exercise is sheer joy! Try to get the tickets prior to getting on line for the actual school. There's only one very nice person there and the computer is slow.

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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.