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Spanish Riding School

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Michaelplatz 1 | Unter der Michaelerkuppel, Vienna 1010, Austria
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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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  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“morning exercise” (239 reviews)
“horse lovers” (84 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Michaelplatz 1 | Unter der Michaelerkuppel, Vienna 1010, Austria
Inner City
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Most of us are in a city only once, and while in Vienna we thought this would be a real special treat. Not. This was the most boring, terribly over priced horse show we have ever seen. Did I mention how bad the seating was....More

Thank DavidWright2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid expensive tickets for non-existing "stand-up" places, we were in fact stuck between people who were sitting (outrageous price for those) and people standing in some alcoves. When we tried to sit on some stairs nearby we were quickly told off by rude personnel,...More

Thank DudeMcDude
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was cool to see the horses up close, and the stables. You get to see the arena from the upper and lower stands. The young lady who was the guide was quite knowledgeable but you had to ask the questions to get the answers. There...More

Thank Veronica C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg Palace is the only historic venue that is hundreds of old and dedicated to showcasing the extremely talented and well-trained Lippizzaner stallions. Buy tickets online before you come to Vienna if you want to have a seat, you...More

Thank Missesbe13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We bought 4 tickets to the morning practice not sure what we'll see. When price started it was obvious the horses are suffering - neck straps, wips... Made us all feel bad for the poor and lovely horses. We understand the tradition part but it's...More

Thank YKH_IL
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Winter Arena, the glorious chandeliers, and the amazing Lipizzaners ..... unique! The Spanish Riding Academy has been training these wonderful horses for centuries and the result is a show that is unmatched!

Thank MarlaToronto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure if I should go, but the guided exceeded my expectations. The building is impressive but what I enjoyed the most was the stables where I could see (but NOT photograph or touch) the beautiful horses and learn a lot about them

Thank msr79
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hesitated to write a review about the Spanish Riding School. It is such an icon and the people around me oohed and aahed when I went to see the show a few weeks ago... but I read a few other reviews and my thoughts...More

3  Thank Sue M
Span_Hofreitschule, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Spanish Riding School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sue, first I want to thank you for your receptful feedback! Your knowledge about horses adds greater weight to our conversation. As a horse woman you know about the costs for a horse, I guess. I am sure you will imagine that we have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had seats on the side near where the horses exit and enter the arena. They were great seats and we were able to see the action really well. Having seen the stallions perform before, we had great expectations and they didn't quite live up...More

Thank tlcaracas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This may seem obvious but as one of Vienna's most established attractions this is definitely for lovers of these beautiful animals. Traditional discipline honed over the years remains unchanged and that may be the disappointment for those expecting a spectacle. That it is not, in...More

Thank michaelkP3149LN
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 centre. The
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2 October 2017|
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Response from Barbara S | Reviewed this property |
No dress code.
29 September 2017|
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Response from Omce | Reviewed this property |
Good seats The platform is very big and you can see good from all seats almost
Cathy C
26 September 2017|
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Response from ArrivingSoon | Reviewed this property |
If you put a forward slash and then en after the normal website URL it will take to the site in English. I had trouble too and emailed the office and they sent me the link to get tickets. That made all the difference.