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Spanish Riding School
Riding skills of the highest order

Location Spanish Riding Scool (Spanische Hofreitschule)
Hofburg Vienna - Main Entrance Michaelerkuppel
Michaelerplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna


The Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule, the "Spanish Court Riding-School") of Vienna, Austria, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg. Not only is it a center for classical dressage, the headquarters is a tourist attraction in Vienna that offers public performances as well as permitting public viewing of some training sessions. The presentation builds on four centuries of experience and tradition in classical dressage. The leading horses and riders of the school also periodically tour and perform worldwide.
 

Spanish Riding School

 
         
 

Performances

Spanish Riding School

The performances of the famous snowy white Lipizzaner stallions and their riders in the baroque Winter Riding School built by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach in the years 1729 to 1735 are some of the most moving and beautiful impressions for horse lovers and bear living testimony to European culture.

During these performances the visitor witnesses the spectacular perfection of the “High School of Classical Horsemanship” with the Pas de Deux, Work in Hand and on the Long Rein and the School Quadrille which is shown with eight stallions. The Levade, Courbette and Capriole are the highlights of the “Schools above the Ground”.

Morning Exercise

The training of the Lipizzaner stallions

The Morning Exercise offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. Accompanied by classical Viennese music the riders and their horses do simple relaxing exercises and exercises aimed at refining and perfecting a certain movement. Each rider is personally responsible for the training of the stallion entrusted into his care. Through the specific strengthening and building up of the muscles, the horses’ natural movements are developed into the perfect figures of the “High School”.

As we do not want to put too much strain on the horses, the classical School jumps Levade, Courbette and Capriole, which are shown during the performances, are not practised on a daily basis.





 

Location

Location of the Spanish Riding School Click image to enlarge

Prices, Dates and Seating Chart

Spanish Riding School - PERFORMANCES
Prices on Request
Date Details
16, 18 Aug 2014 Performance 2

23, 24, 30, 31 Aug 2014,

Performance 1
6, 13, 20, 27 Sep 2014, Performance 2
7, 14, 21, 28 Sep 2014 Performance 2
11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Oct 2014
1, 2, 9, 26, 23, 29, 30 Nov 2014
Performance 1
6 Dec 2014 Performance 2
7, 14, 21, 28 Dec 2014 Performance 2
30, 31 Dec 2014 Performance 3
Please check with our office for exact dates and availability.
2 - Performance, ~80 minutes - 11.00a.m to 12.20p.m.
1 - Performance, commentated, ~100 minutes
3 - Performance new year's eve, ~100 minutes
* Night performance - 7.00p.m. to 8.20p.m.
Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to attend performances. Children aged 3 to 6 are free (sitting on parent's lap). Children aged 6 to 12 are entitled to a discount. Taking photographs and filming during performances is not permitted.

Spanish Riding School - MORNING EXERCISES
Prices on Request
Date Details

Duration: 2 Hours
10.00a.m. - 12.00p.m.

Almost every day, the white Lipizzan stallions are put through their paces by their riders.
Please check with our office for exact dates and availability.
Ticket reservations are not accepted for the Morning Exercises with music. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to attend Morning Exercise. Taking pictures and filming is not permitted. Schedule may be subject to change.

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