Spanische Reitschule

Price guide: Mid-range

Michaelerplatz 1, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Spanische Reitschule
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By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#15 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Sporty types, History, Nature / wildlife, Sightseeing

Expert review of Spanische Reitschule

See the Lipizzaner Stallions perform in the most elegant riding hall in the world.

These amazing white horses perform regularly throughout the year in the most beautiful baroque riding hall in the world. Only stallions go through the many years of hard equestrian training and although these animals are born black they gradually turn white. Usually at a gala performance you'll see the fully-trained ones. Weekend shows can be fully booked, so a ticket for the regular morning exercise might be a good option, although it's the younger ones – those of a darker colour  –  that you'll see most of during training. In July and August the stallions take a deserved break, and the first couple of weeks in July the mares come to town with their foals. I love watching these cute creatures frolicking with their mums, their antics are hilarious. One of the events I recommend for kids of all ages. 

Regular guided tours include a behind the scenes look round the riding school, and give an interesting insight into the history of the stables. The tack room is quite something – hand-made saddles and riding gear of the very finest, made in Switzerland.

Price advice: 

Ticket prices for performances range from 23-116 euros, for morning exercise the cost of a ticket is 12 euros. 

Expert tips: 
Catch a glimpse of the stallions for free at the door of the stables just before and at the end of morning training, shortly before 10am and at weekends 11am.
Bookings for performances can be done online or buy tickets in the visitors centre, for morning exercise no reservations are required.
Morning training is repetitive, unless you are a horse fanatic, 45 minutes will suffice.

More information on Spanische Reitschule:

Price guide:
Historic site, Museum, Sports venue
Michaelerplatz 1, Vienna, 1010
01 533 90 31
Months open:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
Visitors Centre Tue-Sun 9am-4pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Spanish Riding School

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