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Spanische Reitschule (Spanish Riding School)

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Between Augustinerstrasse and the Josefsplatz is the world-famous Spanish Riding School, a favorite for centuries, and no wonder: who can resist the sight of the stark-white Lipizzaner horses going through their masterful paces? For the last 300 years they have been perfecting their haute école riding demonstrations to the sound of baroque music in a ballroom that seems to be a crystal-chandeliered stable. The interior of the riding school, the 1735 work of Fischer von Erlach the Younger, is makes it Europe's most elegant sports arena.

The performance schedule is fairly consistent throughout the year. From August to June, evening performances are held mostly on weekends and morning exercises with music are held mostly on weekdays. Booking months ahead is good idea. If you do so, pick up tickets at the office under the Michaelerplatz rotunda dome. Otherwise tickets are available at the visitor center in Michaelerplatz, Tuesday–Saturday 9–4, and at Josefsplatz, on the day of the morning exercise, 9–5.

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  • Address: Michaelerplatz 1, 1st District, Vienna, A-1010 | Map It
  • Phone: 01/533–9031
  • Cost: €23–€130; morning training €12
  • Hours: Aug.–June
  • Website:
  • U-Bahn: U3/Herrengasse.
  • Location: The Hofburg
Updated: 06-14-2012

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    Sheer Magic

    Even if horses are not your thing, don't miss this. Get tickets for morning training, which are not expensive. You see the young horses through to the mighty fully trained 'airs above the ground'snow white stallions. Sheer magic, they seem to float. Power and control are the watchwords. Fascinating!

    by Kathleen55, 11/25/06

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