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Spanische Hofreitschule Morning Exercise

4 out of 5 stars (9 reviews)



The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 440 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna's Spanish Riding School achieves.



Daily training for the High School of Classical Horsemanship

The Morning Exercise offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners by their riders. Watch and experience our young stallions with their grey coats and our "white stars", the fully trained School Stallions. During these lessons, the riders and their horses do simple relaxing exercises and exercises aimed at refining and perfecting a certain movement. Depending on their respective daily goal, the stallions are individually saddled and bridled.

Identify the background of the riders' work through careful observation: The horse learns to understand and to follow the lesson and aids given by his rider. Through targeted strengthening and building up of muscles, the horses' natural movements are developed into the perfect figures of the High School.

As the famous classic school jumps are not practised on a daily basis, they can only be seen occasionally during the Morning Exercise. Immediately after dismounting, the riders give their stallions their deserved reward. From within the pocket of his tailcoat every rider produces a treat - a lump of sugar.


Take a look behind the scenes of the Spanish Riding School

Our daily guided afternoon tour offers you an insight into the most important areas of the Spanish Riding School. Points on the classic tour include the Winter Riding School, a jewel of baroque architecture, the world's largest oval horse walker, the tack room and a visit to the Lipizzaner stables in the heart of the Stallburg, the only Renaissance palace in Vienna still perfectly preserved to this day.

Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to attend Guided Tours. Taking photographs and filming is not permitted.





Spanische Hofreitschule
Michaelerplatz 1
1010 Wien

The best way to reach us is by public transport:

1, 2 or D: get off at Kaerntner Ring/Oper or Burgring
62: get off at Kaerntner Ring/Oper

U1: get off at Stephansplatz
U3: get off at Herrengasse
U2, U4: get off at Karlsplatz

1A: Stop Herrengasse
2A: Stop Michaelerplatz
3A: Stop Habsburgergasse


Spanische Hofreitschule
Michaelerplatz 1
1010 Wien

Things to bring

- Printed Voucher


Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Morning exercise:
Duration: 2 hours
Tuesday - Friday
Departure Time: 10:00 am

Guided tour:
Duration: 1 hour
Departure: daily at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00

Please note:
Children under 3 years are not admitted. Children from 3 to 6 years are
admitted free of charge but must be held on an adults lap (Lap Child). Children
from 6 to 12 years are admitted at a reduced rate.


" Iconic Vienna and hugely enjoyable "
5 out of 5 stars
Great value compared with the performances and the venue and atmosphere are lovely. Free seating, so may be worth going early to get in queue and be on the lower level. We got reasonable views from the upper level, but needed to stand and lean over the rail somewhat. Love the horses. Amazing equestrianism.
" Ok "
3 out of 5 stars
Probably booked wrong tour, this would be of interest to people who have an inter in horses. We wanted to see the horses in action.
" An inside glimpse "
4 out of 5 stars
Albeit it would have been great to see the performance, a glimpse into the world of the Spanish Riding School and its gorgeous horses was interesting and informative. The guide was professional and the experience worth the effort. All in all I would recommend this trip.
" Stable tour "
5 out of 5 stars
This was far better than the training session. The group was lead by a English speaking guide. She was very clear and knowledgeable she really was good. Again no photos of the horse's allowed I can sort of understand why but people spent a lot of money it wouldn't have hurt to just let us take one picture without flashes even from a distance.just so as to have picture of us to show us there with the horse's
" Morning exercise "
3 out of 5 stars
I as a horse person loved watching the training but my non horsey friend didn't really get it and got bored. One comment on buying tickets from you didn't realise you then had to queue in the buy tickets line so had to queue again as we thought we had tickets. Making this clearer on line would help. Bit pricey what what they did.
" good opportunity to see the famous horses "
4 out of 5 stars
The morning exercise is a good way to see the famous horses in action without paying for a full performance. However, it is passive and no real audience engagement. We only stayed for 1 of the 2 hours. NOTE if you buy tickets from Vienna City Tours you MUST print your voucher. You can't get in without the printed bar code.
" Amazing Experience "
4 out of 5 stars
Visited the Spanish Riding School in Vienna to watch the morning exercising of the Lipizzaner horses. This was an amazing experience to see the horses and their riders and to learn the history of these wonderful creatures. We later took a tour of the stables which allowed a close up view of the horses. A very interesting and informative day which I would thoroughly recommend .
" Disappointed not to see horses performing "
3 out of 5 stars
The guided tour was interesting, but we only saw the horses in their stalls. It should have been pointed out that if your tour is in the afternoon, you will not see the horses training as this takes place in the morning.
" next best thing to a performance "
4 out of 5 stars