Spanish Riding School in Vienna

Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna ©Rafael Gomez – http://micamara.es

In the baroque decor offered by the Hofburg Palace you can experience in live the famous ballet of the famous Lipizzaner horses. You will admire the entire art of riding starting from the pirouettes to the capriole.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the oldest and the last school in the world where classic dressage methods are practiced in their purest form, where is preserved and cultivated the art of the High Renaissance horsemanship.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna was founded in 1572 and was named after the Lipizzaner horses that is a breed of Spanish origin.

In the company of the Lipizzaner horses with their precise movements in accordance with the rhythm of music you can live a wonderful experience watching an unforgettable show.

Lipizzaner horses

Lipizzaner horses ©J.harwood/Flick

Performances of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

The performances of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna are held between February and June, September and December but they are really popular and bookings are made well in advance. During the gala performances, the viewer is offered a unique representation in one of the most beautiful riding halls in the world, which was decorated in an imposing baroque style by master Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach. Initially, this hall was built to house the riding lessons of the young Viennese nobility.

The Spanish Riding School building in Vienna

The Spanish Riding School building in Vienna ©evocateur/Flick

The morning exercises of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

The easiest way to see the horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna is during the training. For this tickets can be bought only at the entrance and you can not make reservations.

The morning workout of the Lipizzaner horses provides an insight of the training conducted by coaches over the years. During one lesson you can see relaxed warming up exercises, but also sophisticated and refinement exercises. Each coach is solely responsible for the preparation of his horses and by controlled strengthening of the muscles he succeeds to transform their natural movements in figures of the “High Riding School”.

Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna ©Rafael Gomez – http://micamara.es

The classic cabral jumping are not part of the daily workout of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, therefor they can be seen only occasionally during the morning workout. After the coach dismounts, the reward comes immediately in form of a sugar lump that the coach takes out of his pocket and offers to his horse.

In the school building you will also find the Lipizzaner Museum where you can see the history of this institution.

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