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.
ARCHITECTURAL TOURS :
From the stables to the attic floors of the Baroque Winter Riding School
We proudly present the Baroque roof structure of the Winter Riding School to the public. You will find yourself rewarded for the climb of 170 stairs!
After visiting the horses in their stables, we will proceed through the magnificent Winter Riding School and all the way up to its monumental, awe-inspiring roof structure.
The technical and aesthetic achievements of this wooden structural system, built from 2,000 pieces, are impressive. You will see the dazzling construction, experience the unique atmosphere of the attic and enjoy a fantastic rooftop view of Vienna‘s first district.