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  • Experience classical horsemanship like never before in Vienna with a 1-hour spectacle showcasing the Renaissance tradition of the High School.
  • Seeking a blend of artistry and tradition? Tune into the rhythm of the Lipizzaner stallions' training, harmonized with classical Viennese music.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to see first-hand the unique harmony between rider and stallion at this UNESCO heritage site.
  • Observe young and seasoned stallions undergoing exercises to refine their movements and strengthen their muscles.
  • Experience classical horsemanship like never before in Vienna with a 1-hour spectacle showcasing the Renaissance tradition of the High School.
  • Seeking a blend of artistry and tradition? Tune into the rhythm of the Lipizzaner stallions' training, harmonized with classical Viennese music.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to see first-hand the unique harmony between rider and stallion at this UNESCO heritage site.
  • Observe young and seasoned stallions undergoing exercises to refine their movements and strengthen their muscles.

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  • 1-hour Spanish Riding School training session
  • Tip: Keep an eye on the riders' subtle hand and leg movements, it's a language only understood by the horse!
  • Pets, luggage, audio and video recording, and photography are prohibited at the venue.
  • Children aged 2 and under are not allowed in the venue.
  • Tickets for wheelchair spaces are limited and must be reserved in writing at office@srs.at.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Spanish Riding School in Vienna | A glimpse into classical Lipizzaner horsemanship

The Spanish Riding School stands as a bastion of classical horsemanship, weaving together centuries of tradition, skill, and grace. Founded in 1572, this iconic institution has become synonymous with the art of haute ecole, captivating audiences with breathtaking performances and unwavering dedication. Read on to know more about the horses, their training regimen, performances, and other details to plan your visit.

Why visit the Spanish Riding School?

Woman riding horse at Spanish Riding School Training
  • Equestrian excellence: Witness the breathtaking performances of the Lipizzaner horses in the Spanish Riding School as they execute intricate maneuvers and ‘airs above the ground,’ showcasing the artistry and precision of classical dressage.
  • Cultural significance: The Spanish Riding School offers a unique cultural experience, blending music, tradition, and the beauty of equestrian arts. From the elegant performances to the stately architecture, a visit provides a deep dive into the cultural tapestry of Vienna and its reverence for classical horsemanship.
  • Lipizzanner horses: The Spanish Riding School is home to a unique breed of white stallions, known for their intelligence and grace. Learn about the breeding program that ensures the preservation of this special equine heritage.
  • Historical significance: Located within the majestic Hofburg Palace, the school has been a symbol of imperial tradition, making it a must-visit for those interested in Austria's rich cultural and historical heritage.
  • Educational insights: Whether you're a seasoned equestrian enthusiast or a casual visitor, the Spanish Riding School offers educational insights into the art of classical dressage. You can explore the stables and attend morning exercises.

Spanish Riding School highlights

Lipizzaner performances at the Spanish Riding School

Lipizzaner performances

The main attraction of the Spanish Riding School is the awe-inspiring performances by the Lipizzaner horses. The horses, along with their skilled riders, execute classical dressage routines, showcasing movements like pirouettes, piaffe, and levades.

Winter riding school at the Spanish Riding School

Winter riding school

The Winterreitschule is the historic arena where performances take place. Its Baroque architecture and grandeur create a captivating backdrop for the equestrian performances.

Morning exercises at the Spanish Riding School

Morning exercises

You can attend the morning exercises to witness the training sessions of the Lipizzaner horses. These exercises reveal the dedication and precision involved in preparing these horses for their spectacular performances.

Horse stables at the Spanish Riding School

Horse stables

You can explore the stables where the Lipizzaners are housed. Gain insights into the care, breeding, and daily routines of these magnificent horses. They provide a closer look at the bond between the horses and their caretakers.

Piber meets Vienna  at the Spanish Riding School

Piber meets Vienna

The summer performance in the Riding School, Piber meets Vienna, offers information about the history of the breed, the breeding process, and the journey of these horses from Piber Stud Farm to Vienna.

Classical dressage training at the Spanish Riding School

Classical dressage training

You can observe the meticulous training methods employed by the riders and trainers to achieve a high level of classical dressage. There is a strong emphasis on precision and communication between horse and rider in these sessions.

Plan your visit to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

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Spanish Riding School timings
  • Monday to Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Open: throughout the year
  • Closed: 21st September

Note: The souvenir shop is also open from 9 AM to 4 PM. The facility’s cash desk at Josefsplatz is closed. 

Address: Michaelerplatz 1 1010 Vienna

Find on maps

  • By tram: 1, 2, D, 62
    Nearest stop: Kartner Ring Oper stop
  • By metro: U1, U2, U3 and U4
    Nearest stop: Stephansplatz (U1), Herrengasse (U3), Karlsplatz (U2 and U4)
  • By bus: 1A, 2A, and 3A
    Nearest stop: Herrengasse (1A), Michaelerplatz (2A), Habsburgergasse (3A)
Facilities available at the Spanish Riding School
  • Wheelchair accessibility: The Spanish Riding School offers step-less accessibility for all visitors with mobility challenges. Since they have limited slots, make sure to book tickets in advance and inform the authorities that you will require these accessibility facilities. 
  • Toilets: The Riding School has wheelchair-accessible toilets in the visitor center. 
  • Visitor center: The Riding School has a visitor center and a cash desk for your convenience. 
  • Souvenir shop: You can also buy souvenirs and mementos of your choice at the Riding School gift shop.
Tips to note when visiting the Spanish Riding School
  • Check the schedule: The school offers various performances, including morning exercises and classical performances. Check the schedule to plan your visit around the specific event you'd like to witness. You may consider attending the Piber meets Vienna event in the summer months, featuring the Lipizzanner foals. 
  • Dress appropriately: Although there is no mandated dress code, try to wear smart casuals for a classy performance of the Lipizzanner stallions, accompanied by classical Viennese music. 
  • Note their pet policy: You cannot bring your guide dogs to the Riding School. 
  • Do not carry large bags: Avoid carrying large bags and suitcases as the Riding School does not have a cloakroom to store your belongings. 
  • Do not bring infants: Children below 3 years of age are not allowed to enter the Spanish Riding School. You also have to maintain a degree of silence during the performances. 
What to eat near the Spanish Riding School?
  • Figlmuller Wollzeile
    Specialty: perfectly breaded and fried Schnitzel
  • Plachutta Wollzeile
    Specialty: Tafelsplitz, a boiled beef dish
  • Demel
    Specialty: Sachertorte, a delectable chocolate cake with apricot jam
  • Zum Schwarzen Kameel
    Specialty: Open-faced sandwiches (Brotzeit) with a variety of toppings
  • Vestibul
    Specialty: modern Austrian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
Attractions near the Spanish Riding School
  • Belvedere Palace: The Belvedere Palace is a Baroque masterpiece, comprising Upper and Lower Belvedere. Its stunning architecture and picturesque gardens house an impressive art collection, including works by Klimt.
  • Hofburg Palace: Hofburg Palace, the imperial residence in Vienna, has been a political and cultural hub for centuries. This vast complex showcases a blend of different architectural styles and houses the Spanish Riding School and the National Library.
  • Schonnbrunn Palace: The Schonnbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a marvel of Rococo architecture surrounded by extensive gardens. This imperial residence served as the summer retreat for the Habsburgs, offering visitors a glimpse into royal life. 
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral: The St. Stephen’s Cathedral boasts Gothic splendor with its iconic spire. Inside, visitors can explore the catacombs, climb the tower for panoramic views, and witness the beauty of its medieval stained glass windows.

Frequently asked questions about the Spanish Riding School

How to book tickets to the Spanish Riding School?

We recommend you purchase Spanish Riding School tickets online to save time and money. Online ticket bookings ensure that you get guaranteed access to the attraction on the day of your visit.

Why should I book Spanish Riding School tickets online?

It is best to book Spanish Riding School tickets online as it is more convenient and also saves you time and money. With online tickets, you can avoid long lines and get guaranteed access to the institution.

What do Spanish Riding School tickets include?

Depending on the kind of tickets you purchase, your Spanish Riding School tickets include a full guided tour of the stables and training grounds of the Lipizzaner horses. You can also watch a performance of these stunning white stallions accompanied by classical Viennese music. 

Are discounts available on Spanish Riding School tickets?

Yes, if you book Spanish Riding School tickets online in advance, you can avail of reduced prices and discounted deals. You can also browse various options and choose the ticket that best fits your needs. 

What are Spanish Riding School’s opening hours?

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is open from 9 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Sunday. The training school is closed on 21st September. The souvenir shop is also open from 9 AM to 4 PM throughout the year.

Where is the Spanish Riding School located?

The Spanish Riding School is nestled in the heart of the city on Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna. You can grab the U3 Bahn or any of the buses on the 1A route and get down at Herrengasse station. It is a short walk to the Riding School from this stop.