Even if you're not a horsey bore, don't miss the chance to see the majestic Lipizzaner stallions' morning performance -and top it off with a visit to the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace).
You don't have to be a horsey bore to appreciate the majestic Lipizzaner stallions as they are put through their paces in performances at the Spanish Riding School. The precision of their movements, which takes years to accomplish, means that the overall effect is close to that of a top-class ballet. Add to this the fact that it's staged in the former Baroque ballroom of Vienna’s Hofburg (Imperial Palace) which dates back to the 16th century (still resplendent with chandeliers et al) and that the riders are dressed in attire of the same era, and the result is breathtaking. The Spanish Riding School is the only classic art-of-riding institute still in existence.
Come witness these beautiful creatures in action during their Morning Exercise, and then head to the Imperial Treasury -one of the most important in the world, spanning a thousand years of history- where you can explore its secular and ecclesiatical collections. Some of the highlights include the treasures of the House of Habsburg, the imperial Austrian crown, Empress Elisabeth's jewels, and the regalia of the Kings and Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Combined ticket includes the Morning Exercise of the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg Palace. If you're looking for tickets for the Morning Exercise, click here.
Spanish Riding School
Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Hofburg, Schweizerhof, 1010 Vienna
*Vouchers must be redeemed at the box office at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the show (Morning exercise: 10.00-12.00). No admission for children under 3 years of age according to house rules. Free admission for children aged between 3-5 years (sitting on their parents' lap).
Beautiful horses and excellent show in a very elegant location.
I am not very passionate about horses but I have to say the show was awesome and it is totally worth the money! The animals where really skilled and the location was simply fascinating! We also got to visit the Imperial Treasury with the same ticket so that totally made our day!