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Vienna's Spanish Riding school: Top 5 facts

Vienna's Spanish Riding School allows you to relive the prestige and sophistication of centuries past. Here are five fascinating facts about its history, which render the Spanish Riding School the only remaining dressage institution of its kind in the world.

The Lipizzaner

The majestic white stallions of the Spanish Riding School are all Lipizzaner, Europe's oldest domesticated breed of horse.

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Haute Ecole

The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world where the prestigious, 400-year-old equestrian tradition of the haute école is still practiced in its original form.

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Sublime Performances

Accompanied by classical music, the riders and horses perform highly intricate ballets, with such magnificent feats as pirouettes, passages and piaffes, as well as amazing jumps.

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Years of Training

At the Spanish Riding School, in order to reach the required level of excellence, a horse must undergo 6 years of training, whereas riders train for 10 to 12 years.

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Spectacular Riding Hall

The hall where the performances are held, widely regarded as the world's most beautiful riding hall, was built by eminent baroque architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer in the 1730s.

Our insider tips

Choosing the right ticket

Note that there are different options for visiting the Spanish Riding School, including taking a tour of the stables, watching the morning exercises and, of course, witnessing one of the performances. The availability of each option is also dependent on schedule, so make sure to carefully consider the choices to avoid disappointment.

Summer holidays

The horses and riders have their summer break in July and August. It's best to get informed about the exact dates of the break prior to your visit, as it's not possible to watch a performance during the school's summer holidays.

A sweet finishing treat

Cap your day of Viennese tradition by grabbing a slice of delicious Sachertorte at the café on your way out.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Visitor Center is open Monday through Sunday 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Performance times vary.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at €14 and go up depending on performances and tours selected.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary.
  • How to get there
    Take the U3 train to Herrengasse or trams 1, 2, D or J to Burgring.
  • Additional information

    • Children under three are not admitted.

    • Each performance is about an hour, and you'll need to secure tickets well in advance.

What people are saying about Spanish Riding School

An impressive hall setting & graceful horses to captivate the viewers.

A lovely setting with an interior with elaborate decoration. Good viewing areas, both sitting and standing. A small amount of commentary to explain what we were viewing and its history. It was 36 degrees outside and a little cooler inside, so a fan may be useful. Our group consisted of adults and teenagers and all enjoyed 20 mins, but we stayed longer as there were "horse" fans among the group and they were thrilled. We were asked not to take photos, but pictures and brochures are on sale. The site said it may be smelly, but we didn't really notice any.

Vienna: Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise Reviewed by Davina Lynn, 15/08/2018

We absolutely loved it. We had a great guide.

We especially loved seeing the Mother horses & their babies running free in the park. Our guide told us about this opportunity that takes place on nice days about 5-5:30 ish. What a perfect opportunity to see these beautiful horses up close.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Reviewed by Diane, 07/07/2018

The tour in English was great. Sofia showed so much passion for the SR

Wonderful! I was really pleased to hear that no costs and effort are spared to give the horses the best possible lifestyle

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Reviewed by Wendy, 14/01/2018

Fantastic met the horses and see behind the scenes...

This was a wonderful experience, having seen the horses and riders perform their captivating show earlier in the day we had the good fortune to be on the last guided tour of the day... The friendly Austrian guide was very well informed and very patient.,and spoke English fluently ... the tour through the stable block tack rooms and arena was delightful and unhurried and gave a great inside to the dedication of all the team .. I would thoughly recommend this if you have a love of this beautiful breed of stallions..

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Reviewed by Ian, 04/12/2017

It was fun watching these wonderful horses and riders practicing!

The Lipizzaner Stallions' morning exercise in their Baroque training arena was a fun activity! We saw 4 groups of 5 horses, each group practiced for a half hour accompanied by the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss. I suggest getting in line early if you don't want to stand, as seating is limited. Also, be sure to show your mobile ticket at the counter and get your paper ticket before getting in line.

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