Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is a Baroque riding hall on Michaelerplatz inside the Hofburg complex, the former residence of the Habsburg dynasty in central Vienna. It was designed by architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach and it is the only institution of its kind where classical equestrian art has been practised for 450 years in the Renaissance tradition of Haute Ecole. Throughout the year, visitors can observe the training of the Lipizzans during the morning exercises. It is also possible to visit the afternoon performance of the Lipizzans where visitors can watch a performance of the High School of Classical Horsemanship and enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions. Advance booking is necessary, as tickets are usually sold out quickly. The most expensive tickets are for the evening gala performance which finishes with the famous “School Quadrille”, consisting of 8 riders. The show is accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic and is known as “A Tribute to Vienna”. In the afternoon, visitors can also take a peek into the backstage of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The tour starts in the Winter Riding Hall with crystal chandeliers, then continues in the Summer Riding Hall in the Hofburg courtyard, and the highlight of the tour is the Renaissance Stallburg with historical stables. In is not recommended to visit the Spanish Riding School by car, as there are poor parking options.
Useful information for visitors
Public transport connections
The closest public transport stops near the Spanish Riding School in Vienna:
- Kärtner Ring Oper tram stop
- Burgring tram stop
- Stephansplatz metro station
- Herrengasse metro station
- Karlsplatz metro station
- Herrengasse bus stop
- Michaelerplatz bus stop
- Habsburgergasse bus stop
Opening hours and admission
The Spanish Riding School offers several tours. The morning exercises of Lipizzans, the tour of the building, performances with Lipizzans and other occasional events. Opening hours and admission fees vary with each tour/performance. For up-to-date information, visit the official website.
Interesting facts about Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna only trains Lipizzans. The stallions come from the Piber Federal Stud located in the village of Piber near Graz and the training takes seven years. After that, they can perform in public shows. Some of the Lipizzans are also for sale, but the price is usually several thousands of euros.