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Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

1. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A particularly atmospheric lighting concept was developed by renowned multimedia artist André Heller for the performances in the most beautiful riding arena in the world. This atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. The 1.5-hour Gala Performance includes live moderation, the Standard Performance is 70 minutes long, and the Tribute to Vienna performance lasts for 2 hours.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

2. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

3. Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The modern pavilion of the Belvedere 21, by architect Karl Schwanzer, is a stage for contemporary art. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Vienna: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

4. Vienna: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

Embark on a boat trip along the Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna. Once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm," and the “Little Danube," this route of today’s Danube Canal was the main arm of the Danube in the Middle Ages. On this tour, see important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. Take a look at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

5. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

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.

Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

6. Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

Explore the mysterious underworld of Vienna on this exciting walking tour. Experience the diverse and eventful history of the city with a professional tour guide. You begin the tour at Michaelerplatz, where you can feel the city's 2,000 -year history. Building work exposed part of the old Roman city. A cellar from the 17th century and part of the old city wall can also be found here. Nearby you will find St. Michael’s Church, which has more than 4,000 people buried in its crypt. See the wonderfully preserved mummies of rich and notable figures. You will then be guided through a few more basements.

From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

7. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Relive Vienna's Past: Historical Multimedia Exhibitions

8. Relive Vienna's Past: Historical Multimedia Exhibitions

Experience fun and action for the whole family and travel through 400 years of Vienna's history. Lose yourself In the extensive cellars of the St. Michael's monastery, on this 50-minute journey into Vienna's past. Through the use of the latest in entertainment technology you will travel through time, going back to the days of the ancient Roman camp of Vindobona up to present day Vienna – a thrilling experience for the senses. Get to know some of the most important people in Viennese history and listen to what they have to say in the portrait gallery. Visit the 5D cinema, where spectacular effects give you the impression of really living in ancient Vienna. Experience imperial Vienna and learn about the nobility of the Viennese court. Meet the imperial family personally, and create your own impressions of the royal highnesses of the past. With the help of new technology and VR glasses, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a virtual reality and to experience the course of Viennese music history in a special simulated world. With Enemy Aircraft!, feel as though World War II is raging all around you and you find yourself inside a bomb shelter. Austria is free! Listen to the moving speech by Chancellor Figl within the battered remnants of Vienna, and feel the sigh relief from the citizens of Austria. Finally, enjoy a special treat: simulated flying over the roofs of Vienna! Your journey ends with a beautiful virtual horse-drawn carriage flight over present-day Vienna.

Vienna: Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Mozart at the Brahms Hall

9. Vienna: Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Mozart at the Brahms Hall

Discover a highlight of Vienna's cultural calendar and enjoy an evening of beautiful music with this 2-hour Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn or Dvořák classical concert. Take your seat in the beautiful Brahms Hall of the Musikverein and admire the building’s breathtaking architecture. The first part of the concert includes Viennese classical pieces from Mozart, Haydn, and Dvořák. The second includes Vivaldi’s legendary violin concerto “The Four Seasons,” featuring a string ensemble and Austrian soloists of international renown. You're sure to be charmed by this unique experience.

Vienna: Admission Ticket to the Museum of Illusions

10. Vienna: Admission Ticket to the Museum of Illusions

Explore over 70 exhibition pieces at The Museum of Illusions. Suitable for the entire family, train your brain and trick your mind with the mind-boggling puzzles. Defy gravity in an inclined room. Grow and shrink your family and friends in the Ames room. Experience what it feels like to lose the ground underneath your feet at the vortex tunnel. Have your smartphone or camera ready, as there are numerous unique photo opportunities throughout the museum. Break your mind over tricky wooden games and train your brain to think creatively.

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What people are saying about Vienna

We travelled from St Stephen’s to the park using the tram U1. An easy journey from the centre of Vienna and arrived close to the amusement park. The U2 tram also goes there. At 10.00 there were no queues; so on a lovely sunny day we enjoyed wonderful views of the Vienna skyline. The wheel travels slowly and stops completely to allow passengers to get on and off. Plenty of opportunities to take photos. Would recommend this experience - the opportunity to ride on the ‘vintage Vienna Eye’ is not to be missed.

Easy exchange of voucher and found our seats quickly. Beautiful venue and excellent horsemanship. The horses are phenomenal, a lovely, enjoyable program

Great! Used this bus to see all the best places around Vienna and then used it to get to them! Commentary on board was really interesting too.

Uncomplicated handling of the online ticket for the hop on hop off tours as well as the vienna ticket incl. boat tour on the Danube

It was the best activity we attended. Do not return without attending this show!