Free entry to morning exercises at Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School

  • Spanish Riding School Vienna
  • Spanish Riding School Vienna
  • Spanish Riding School Vienna
  • Spanish Riding School Vienna

Vienna PASS Benefits:

Free entry to morning exercises at the Spanish Riding School*
Normal Ticket Price: Adult: €15,00 ; Child: €7,50

*or standing room ticket for "Piber Meets Vienna" (Summer programme)

The Hofburg Palace is a must-see when visiting Vienna. The power-house of the Austrian empire, it holds a wealth of rich culture and history waiting to be explored. The Spanish Riding School is a renowned institution and tradition that has been part of Vienna’s rich culture since 1565. It’s a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses that perform their haute école equestrian skills to audiences in the Hofburg Palace. This classical dressage attracts worldwide visitors and you can even watch the horses and their riders train in the great Winter Riding School, too.

Highlights:

  • Baroque style riding hall
  • Pedigree Lipizzan horses
  • Classic equestrian dressage

Did you know:

- The ‘Spanish’ part of the tradition comes from the Lipizzan horses, which actually originate from the Iberian Peninsula

- Baroque architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach designed the riding hall meant for aristocratic boys to learn how to ride – now it is the stunning backdrop to this classic Viennese tradition

- The horses are taken from their birthplace, Piber, at the age of four and are trained until they are ten before they take part in the School Quadrille to see if the pass the test to become a true Spanish Riding School stallion

Things to see:

Performances

The Spanish Riding School puts on a number of gala performances to the public. In these highly acclaimed, traditional performances you will see the horses put through their paces in the highest quality of moves – demonstrating the finely tuned skills of both horse and rider. Performances are held every month, throughout the year but you need to book a place in advance. You will be able to find more information and the exact schedule and box office on their official website.

NB: children under three are not permitted to watch the performances

Morning Exercise

Members of the public are invited to watch the morning training held on a weekly basis (Tuesday-Friday). Here, you will be able to see the pedigree horses put through their paces to keep them in shape and to prepare them for their live performances. In the training you will be able to see the horses practice many skilled moves and their riders show off some of their expertise and finesse.

Timetable:
4.8. - 30.12.2015; 4.1.-17.6.; 2.8.-30.12.2016
no shows: 1.1, 7.4., 27.12.
Additional shows: 5th and 28th March; 16th May; 8th August; 5th,12th and 19th November; 24th and 26th December
Closed: 7th April, 27th December

Tue – Fri: 10.00

Summer programme “Piber meets Vienna” 

Spanish Riding School and its Lipizzaner stallions are famous and loved around the world! But not everyone is familiar with where the horses come from, their rigorous training and the history of their tradition. The summer programme, “Piber meets Vienna,” gives you the opportunity to learn more about what goes on during the formative years as a Lipizzan stud.The programme not only shows a delegation of eight 4-year-old performance-tested mares and brood mares with their delightful young foals but also various historical carriages and traditional uniforms. One worth a watch!

5. - 31.7.2016
Tue – Sun: 11.00

How to get there:

    Underground: U3 Herrengasse
    Tram: 1, 2, 71, D Burgring
    Bus: 2A and 3A Hofburg
    HOP ON HOP OFF: Staatsoper; Kunsthistorisches Museum / Heldenplatz

see the: full list of attractions included

Morning Exercise (4th Jan – 19th Jun; 4th Aug – 30th Dec)
Tuesday 10.00
Wednesday 10.00
Thursday 10.00
Friday 10.00
Piber Meets Vienna (7th Jul – 2nd Aug)
Tuesday 11.00
Wednesday 11.00
Thursday 11.00
Friday 11.00
Saturday 11.00
Sunday 11.00

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Address:

Michaelerplatz 1 (Besucherzentrum), 1010, Vienna

Telephone:

+43 (1) 533 90 31