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“Biggest disappointment in Vienna” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School
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US$64.85*
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Vienna Pass Including Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket
Ranked #5 of 100 Concerts & Shows in Vienna
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for more than 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole - which can also be found on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The performances of the horses trained by this famous equestrian school amazed audiences from all over the world.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Auckland, New Zealand
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Biggest disappointment in Vienna”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

This review covers the stable tour only. The show was having a summer break with no performances.

Firstly the booking process is odd. FWIW, you book over the internet and the "just turn up". No email confirmation, no charges, no reference. Turns out we had inadvertently booked 3 times. Anyways, that might help you if you're considering this over the internet purchase experience.

My daughters are both experienced riders and love everything horse, as were many of the people who took part in the backstage tour. We here a bit about the history most of which would fit on a single sign card. The most interesting history for me was the WWII/Patton story which wasn't covered by the guide but was on a few side panels that we were rushed passed.

While you do get to see the horses in their stables, and beautiful animals they are, that's about it. Despite having "the biggest training oval" in Europe, no horses are being exercised. There were no handlers training horses. Not sure how they schedule any of that, but the only activity we saw were carpenters and water blasters.

This place is totally militant when it comes to taking photos or petting horses. There is a person at the back who's sole role is to stop people capturing any kind of memory from this experience - and grump she did even when I attempted to take a no-flash photo from 6 meters outside the stables of my kids. Of all the horses being raised at the stud farms, only a few are accepted for the academy; couldn't they keep one for people to get close to?

I bit my lip throughout this tour until my kids mentioned a few hours later what a total disappointment it was. It's as if all of Vienna's snobbery were wrapped up in to this one experience.

Visited July 2014
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“Tour, no performance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

it was really interesting to learn about the history of the riding school. Unfortunatley, no performances in July, so if you are planning this as an important part of your trip, go another month! I loved seeing the stalls and hearing about how they train the horses

Visited July 2014
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Dalston, London
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“Good backstage tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The tour is strongly recommended as not only do you get the history of the School explained, including the frightenly intensive training - of the riders not the horses, but you also get to meet the horses intheir stables. A great cafe also.

Visited June 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience for dressage lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I had been wanting to see the Spanish Lipizzaners for years and so when the chance to go to Vienna came I made sure this was my main highlight and so looked up about tickets and performances on the internet beforehand. Good job - I decided that I would go to the morning exercise this time, and hope to go to an evening performance next time. Several ticket websites offered tickets at price ranging up to £64, but as I wanted comprehensive information I continued looking at a range of websites and came across the Vienna one, which explained that you could buy tickets the morning of the performance for 10 euros (pensioners). I made sure I was there early, so chose a good ringside seat and enjoyed a wonderful performance from 5 different sets of horses at various levels of training. Absolutely the highlight of my visit.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great experience if you love horses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

This is a must if you like horses/Dressage, etc. Definitely buy your tickets early because it sells out fast. Overall I had a good experience, but keep in mind that they do sell standing room only tickets, which means that even if you buy a great seat, you may spend the show with other tourists edging their way next to you/in front of you. If you don't do the show, the tour and stable visit is a nice way to see it as well.

Visited April 2014
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