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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Reitschule)

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Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

Tuesday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm

Fridays when there is a performance: 9am to 7pm

Sundays and holidays when there is a performance: 9am to 12pm

Sundays and holidays when there are Guided Tours: 9am to 3pm

Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

+43 1 533 90 31

For main performance

Adults: Between €15 ($17.47) and €110 ($128.10)

Children: Between €12 ($13.97) and €88 ($102.48)

Morning Exercises

Adults: €12 ($13.97)

Seniors: €9 ($10.48)

Children/Students: €6 ($6.99)

Guided Tour

Adults: €15 ($17.47)

Seniors: €12 ($13.97)

Children/Students: €8 ($9.32)

Morning Exercises with tour

Adults: €25 ($29.11)

Seniors: €19 ($22.13)

Children/Students: €12 ($13.97)

U3 to Herrengasse (295yds)
U1 U3 to Stephansplatz (458yds)
Tram D Tram J Tram 2 Tram 1 to Burgring (504yds)
Tram D Tram J Tram 1 Tram 46 Tram 49 Tram 2 to Dr Karl-Renner-Ring (586yds)
Spanish Riding School in Vienna

The Spanish Riding School (Spanische Reitschule) is the oldest riding school in the world where classic dressage still exists in its most pure form. The school was founded in 1572 and named for its Lipizzan horses which are of Spanish origin, although they are now bred in court stud in Piber in south-west Austria.

The hall where performances take place is 55 meters (180ft) long and 18 meters (60 feet) wide. Its current white design is not the original, rather it is from 1729 when the Emperor Charles VI undertook its restoration.

Performances take place all year around except in July, August and January. Demand for these shows is very high, and normally tickets much be booked well in advance. But if you can get a ticket, the show - which hasn't changed in 400 years - is most definitely worth seeing. To tickets can be booked directly through the Spanish Riding School's website (see attraction information on the right).

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Horses can however also be seen during their training sessions. Tickets for this are purchased at the venue itself and cannot be bought in advance. As such, this gives last minute visitors to Vienna a chance to see the horses too.

Guided tours of the Spanish Horse Riding School can be taken every day and normally run in the afternoon hours. In the stables, there is also a Museum detailing the history of the school.

The stables are located in the very center of Vienna, near many other attractions including the famous Hofburg Palace.


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