1. Austria
  2. Vienna
  3. Hofburg Palace

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Product ID: 120375
Enjoy a look behind the scenes of the Spanish Riding School on this guided tour. Admire the stunning architecture of the centuries-old institution.
About this activity
Duration: 55 minutes
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Winter and the Summer riding schools
  • Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour
  • Admire the Stallburg, Vienna's most significant Renaissance structure
Full description
Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole.

On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg.

The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions.

Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.
Includes
  • Guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Morning exercise tickets

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Cameras
Know before you go
• Taking photos or videos is not permitted
• Children under the age of 3 years are not allowed on guided tours
• Guided tours are not accessible by wheelchair
• You must exchange your mobile voucher for a ticket at the cashier's desk
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1020 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The guides were very informative & pleasant. The only issue I had was in spite of repeated warnings & the guides reminding everyone about not taking pictures in certain areas there were some who obviously ignored this & one person attempted to touch a horse. Our guide explained in great detail why these rules were to be strictly enforced. There needs to be another employee or guide specifically watching the group to make sure the rules are strictly enforced.

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17 September 2019

Nothing too exciting but an insight of how the horses are cared for

We visited the stables after we had seen the show, there was a wait in the main entrance where other people were also queuing up for other events so it got busy at times. We were grouped with a good English speaking guide and taken into the arena and then around the main stable block, we were asked NOT to take photos and were only permitted to in the tack room. We were able to see the horses feed in their individual stables and the guide gave us a brief commentary about the horses answering questions as we walked through, you kind of got the feeling that we were in the way as the grooms were trying to go about their daily routine with groups of people standing around. Under no circumstances were you allowed to touch the horses, but the experience overall was interesting and informative.

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10 September 2019

Informative, fun and well-structured

This is a very focused tour, probably no more than 50 yards from end to end. But it was excellent. It encapsulated and explained a good part of Austrian history, and gave a very good coverage of how the horses are bred and how they and their riders are selected and trained. Note that you shouldn't expect to be able to pat them or even in the stables to take their pictures. Our guide was superb. She was very well-informed; presented her material very well and answered questions fully; and spoke perfect English.

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21 May 2019

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Spanische Hofreitschule

Product ID: 120375