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.
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
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
Duration: 2 hours
Tuesday - Friday
Departure Time: 10:00 am
Duration: 1 hour
Departure: daily at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
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.