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Spanish Riding School

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Address: | Unter der Michaelerkuppel, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number:
43153390310
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09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Beautiful performance

To fulfil a childhood dream, on a recent stay in Vienna, I bought tickets to a performance of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna to watch the Lipizzaner stallions. The horses... read more

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a place. My family with 2 under 10's were in ore of this place. You cannot comprehend the size and architecture of the school from the outside. It's well worth the money and the horses are amazing.

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Leura, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To fulfil a childhood dream, on a recent stay in Vienna, I bought tickets to a performance of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna to watch the Lipizzaner stallions. The horses were wonderful but their performance was very subtle. It would be worthwhile for anyone intending to see a performance to do their research before going to be aware of... More 

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Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent an awesome hour+ watching these amazing horses and riders. Was very busy so out view was not great (pillars obstruct views) don't think it would be worth paying the extra for seats though as some of their views were not great. Anyway horses were great definitely recommed

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I did not personally choose this hotel it was part of a tour. It's location is nowhere near the actual Spanish Riding School I have not researched why it bears this name but locals said they didn't recognise it by this name. (When we got lost & needed directions) Our actual stay was very comfortable, with a lovely room, very... More 

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Our week end trip to Vienna luckily coincided with the morning exercise at the riding school. Very disorganised when we first arrived. We were not aware that there were 2 different queues - 1 to buy tickets and 1 to enter with a ticket. My husband stood in the long line while I went in to buy tickets - EUR... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Spanish Riding School is of course one of Vienna's key attractions if you are interested in horses and their training for dressage events. We would advise anyone to do some careful research before allotting time to go here. Obviously the highlight would be to see a performance which we we not able to do, but you can pay for... More 

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We went to the training session from 10 to 12. We were very fortunate as in addition to the dressage training we saw them do some jumps and kicks!. we also did the stables tour which was amazing as we got to meet all the horses.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got up early and stood in line to see this "budget" version of the famous Lipizzaner Stallion show. We spent several hours watching horses walk and trot around the ring to recorded Strauss waltzes. I like horses and Strauss, but both became soporific after awhile. We doggedly waited through the whole event, certain that the horses would eventually do... More 

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Span_Hofreitschule, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Spanish Riding School, responded to this review

Dear Janet, first of all I want to thank your for your honestly words. Sometimes it happens that guest are bored, but be sure that never ever would practized any cruel training methods in the Spanish Riding School. The horses are our biggest jewels and we have to treat them very carefully. Please let me explain what the morning training... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whether you like horses or not, this is a fascinating event. We watched the training session, toured the stables (immaculate) and watched the riding display on the Saturday. Either end is the best place to see the whole arena as the sides have a small overhang which means you have to lean over the sides to see the horses on... More 

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Span_Hofreitschule, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Spanish Riding School, responded to this review

Dear guest, we red your feedback with great pleasure and gratitude. Thank you for taking time to share your impressions! Sincere, Andrea Kerssenbrock More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Guided tour in English After reading other reviews I would generally say that if you love horses, are interested in riding or training horses and/or ride yourself, the training sessions and/or a performance is a must do. You will understand the “boring” and subtle aids the riders are giving their horses to execute a move or jump. You will see... More 

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Span_Hofreitschule, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Spanish Riding School, responded to this review

Dear Guest, we appreciate your detailed feedback very much! Thank you and hope to welcoming you again - possibly to see a performance. Sincere, Andrea Kerssenbrock More 

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