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Opening hours

The visitor centre is open daily from 9am until 4pm. On Fridays there is an extended opening until 7pm unless there is an evening performance scheduled. The Spanish Riding School is closed every Monday throughout January and February.

There is no mention on the official website about closures over Christmas, New Year or other holidays. There is also no mention of a time for last entry into this attraction.

How to get there

Walking- The Spanish Riding School is easily reached on foot along Michaelerplatz.

Tramway- trams 1, 2 and D all stop at the Kartner Ring Oper and the Burgring. Tram 62 stops only at the Kartner Ring Oper.

Metro- U1 at Stephansplatz, for line U3 use Herrengasse and lines U2 and U4 use the Karlsplatz stop.

Bus- route 1A stops at Herrengasse, 2A stops at Michaelerplatz and 3A stops at Habsburgergasse.


How much do tickets cost?
For the morning exercise tickets are only available at the box office and cost €15. Guided tours cost €18 with tickets for performances costing from €27. During the performances children aged from 6 to 12 are admitted at a reduced rate, children aged from 3 to 6 are admitted free of charge but must sit on an adults lap during the performance. Children aged younger than 3 years of age are not admitted. Discounted tickets are also available for children aged from 6 up to 18 for the morning performance and guided tours. Children aged younger than 3 are not permitted into this attraction.
Can I store my luggage during a performance?
There are no cloakroom or luggage facilities so you are advised not to bring any excess baggage with you when visiting.
Is the Spanish Riding School wheelchair accessible?
The Riding School is a step free venue so has good access for wheelchairs. However, there are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available so you are advised to book or call in advance of your visit. The guided tours are barrier-free.
Should I book in advance?
You should book a place in advance for a guided tour or a performance as these are often sold out. For the morning practice sessions you can only buy your ticket from the box office so you will have to queue and wait your turn.
What language is the guided tour conducted in?
All the guided tours are given in both German and English.
Can I buy tickets on the day?
Performance tickets and those for the guided tours are subject to availability on the day. Tickets to the morning session are only available on the day in question but there can be long queues of people waiting to get in before the practice begins.
If I buy my tickets online can I collect them at the box office?
When you purchase your tickets online, in reality all you are doing is reserving them. You are still required to wait in the queue to get your actual ticket, the lines for this process can be very long, allow plenty of time.

Must Know

The morning exercise, how long does it last?
The morning exercise lasts for 2 hours. It is actually divided into 4 x 30 minute sessions of practice and training for the horses and riders. It is not an actual show, although it is an enjoyable experience.
The Ballet of the White Stallions
The world famous performances are conducted by the Lipizzan breed of horses. They are the oldest breed of domesticated horse in Europe and are named after an imperial stud located close to Trieste. The horses are trained and perform at the Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace which was built under the orders of King Charles VI. Before they get to perform the horses have undertaken years of training and are transformed from young boisterous stallions into fully trained stallions of the Spanish Riding School.
Atmosphere during a performance
Audiences are enchanted with the performances of the horses and their riders. Each performance is accompanied by classical Viennese music that adds to the enjoyment of the audience.
The Morning Exercise
During the morning exercise routine the horses and their riders practice the carefully choreographed steps which must be perfectly executed during an evening gala performance.
Historical use of the lipizzan breed
At one time the lipizzan breed could be found stabled in the courtyard of several royal households across Europe. They were a valued breed and used mostly for ceremonial duties such as parades, jousting tournaments as well as military campaigns. Despite their historical importance they are only now used in Vienna at the Spanish Riding School. It is the only training school in the world that has continued to practice classical equitation using the traditional style of haute ecole since the time of the Renaissance.
Selecting the right horses
The horses are bred in Styria at the Piber Stud Farm and only the best young stallions that demonstrate the ability to jump together with good stamina are then selected for training. The training combines movements that the horses make naturally while in a pasture. Combining gaits, changes of step and jumps in a stylized form. The training allows the horses to strengthen their muscles while developing the ability to perfect those movements choreographically.

Places Nearby

Vienna’s famous coffee houses
The elegant coffee houses of Vienna are said to be ‘where time and space are consumed but only coffee appears on the bill’. The coffee houses of this city are included in UNESCO’s National Agency for Intangible Cultural Heritage. You could sit in the coffee houses of Vienna all day long in discussion or reading just as several famous people have done in the past. In addition to the many varieties of coffee on offer you should also indulge into the famous sachertorte or apfelstrudel together with a generous helping of whipped cream.
On the trail of ‘The Third Man’
The Orsen Wells classic film, The Third Man was set in post-war Vienna and you could join one of the Third Man Tours that operate in the city today. The most atmospheric tour takes below the streets and into the sewers where some of the films legendary scenes were shot. If a tour is not enough for you then you might also want to visit the Third Man Museum.
In Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier there is 60,000 square metres of art, museums and architecture for you to discover. It is the world’s eighth largest cultural district. At the top of your list of attractions should be the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle and the Architectural Centre.
Vienna’s Rathaus (Town Hall)
The Neo-Gothic Rathaus is home to one of the largest Christmas markets held every December. They have a great selection of Austrian ham, locally produced wheat beer and pretzels covered in sea salt.