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Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School © sparre
Spanish Riding School © sparre

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is one of the oldest surviving riding schools in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. This institute was founded in 1572 and named for the Lipizzaner horses, which are of Spanish origin. Since the collapse of the Danube Monarchy in 1920, the horses have been bred at the Federal Stud in Styria. The horses perform their tricks in the Winter Riding School, commissioned by Emperor Karl VI. Performances take place between February and June, and September and December. With shows booked up months in advance, the easiest way to see the horses is during training sessions. Situated in the stables is the Lipizzaner Museum, which displays the history of the school.

Address: Michaelerplatz 1

Website: www.spanische-reitschule.com

Telephone: +43 1 533 90 310

Transport: U-Bahn to Herrengasse, or tram D, J, 1 or 2 to Burgring

Opening times: Daily 9am to 4pm. Performances Fridays 9am to 7pm. Check the official website to confirm show times.

Admission: Prices vary according to season, attraction and seating options; see website for details.