With a history of more than 430 years, the Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule) is the oldest riding institution in the world. The traditional establishment is thus an extremely important cultural institution in Vienna and annually attracts more than 300.000 visitors. Based in St. Michael's Wing of the Viennese Hofburg Palace, the high art of classical horsemanship has been cultivated and practiced here ever since. Thereby the Spanish Riding School with its Lipizzaner training significantly contributes to the conservation of this art.
TICKET PLUS - The exclusive package of the Spanish Riding School. Enjoy the morning exercise and take a look behind the scenes!
MORNING EXERCISE - The training of the Lipizzaner stallions (10.00 a.m.)
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.
GUIDED TOUR - Take a look behind the scenes of the Spanish Riding School (03.00 p.m.)
During an exclusive tour of the Spanish Riding School our visitors are shown the various locations which account for the special charm of this establishment:
The Winter Riding School, a gem of baroque architecture; the Summer Riding School, a quiet and shady courtyard of the Imperial Palace which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker; the Stallburg, Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building with its beautiful arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions.
Image (c): Spanish Riding School / Julie Brass
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