Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

From $22.56 per person

Enjoy a look behind the scenes of the Spanish Riding School on this guided tour. Admire the stunning architecture of the centuries-old institution.

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Duration 55 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, German
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Winter and the Summer riding schools
  • Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour
  • Admire the Stallburg, Vienna's most significant Renaissance structure
Full description
Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Morning exercise tickets
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative rapid test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    • Taking photos or videos is not permitted
    • Children under the age of 3 years are not allowed on guided tours
    • Guided tours are not accessible by wheelchair
    • You must exchange your mobile voucher for a ticket at the cashier's desk
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 1102 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.6/5
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    The guides were very informative & pleasant. The only issue I had was in spite of repeated warnings & the guides reminding everyone about not taking pictures in certain areas there were some who obviously ignored this & one person attempted to touch a horse. Our guide explained in great detail why these rules were to be strictly enforced. There needs to be another employee or guide specifically watching the group to make sure the rules are strictly enforced.

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    September 17, 2019

    Nothing too exciting but an insight of how the horses are cared for

    We visited the stables after we had seen the show, there was a wait in the main entrance where other people were also queuing up for other events so it got busy at times. We were grouped with a good English speaking guide and taken into the arena and then around the main stable block, we were asked NOT to take photos and were only permitted to in the tack room. We were able to see the horses feed in their individual stables and the guide gave us a brief commentary about the horses answering questions as we walked through, you kind of got the feeling that we were in the way as the grooms were trying to go about their daily routine with groups of people standing around. Under no circumstances were you allowed to touch the horses, but the experience overall was interesting and informative.

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    September 10, 2019

    Informative, fun and well-structured

    This is a very focused tour, probably no more than 50 yards from end to end. But it was excellent. It encapsulated and explained a good part of Austrian history, and gave a very good coverage of how the horses are bred and how they and their riders are selected and trained. Note that you shouldn't expect to be able to pat them or even in the stables to take their pictures. Our guide was superb. She was very well-informed; presented her material very well and answered questions fully; and spoke perfect English.

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    May 21, 2019

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