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Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

1. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A particularly atmospheric lighting concept was developed by renowned multimedia artist André Heller for the performances in the most beautiful riding arena in the world. This atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. The 1.5-hour Gala Performance includes live moderation, the Standard Performance is 70 minutes long, and the Tribute to Vienna performance lasts for 2 hours.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

2. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

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.

Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training with Young Stallions

3. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training with Young Stallions

Gain interesting insights into the routines of the riders and their young Lipizzaners as you visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. See how the traditions, which have been practiced at the school for the last 457 years, remain almost unchanged to this day. Observe the future stars of the Spanish Riding School at their first training sessions in the imperial ambiance of the baroque winter riding school. Listen to commentary and classical Viennese music that accompanies the session. See the training for the basic walk, trot, and canter, the foundations for every equestrian rider and horse. These are the main exercises for these young Lipizzaner talents. The young stallions are particularly interesting as the exercises are explained in detail demonstrating the commitment and hard work required to achieve the perfection that each rider and horse strives for.

Vienna: Mozart's Requiem Concert Tickets in the Karlskirche

4. Vienna: Mozart's Requiem Concert Tickets in the Karlskirche

Experience Mozart's Vienna with tickets for a concert evening at the Karlskirche, one of the most beautiful baroque churches located north of the Alps. Listen to the Requiem Mass in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The performance with 40 musicians is based on the size of the world premiere in 1756. This results in the ensemble's special, historical, and classic sound. There are numerous legends surrounding the requiem mass - Mozart is said to have sung the moving "Lacrimosa" with his friends on his deathbed.  Choose your seat in one of the 3 available categories: Category I with reserved seats in the first 13 rows, Category II with free choice of seats in the middle part of the church or in the gallery, and Category III with free choice of seats in the back part of the church or in the gallery.

Relive Vienna's Past: Historical Multimedia Exhibitions

5. Relive Vienna's Past: Historical Multimedia Exhibitions

Experience fun and action for the whole family and travel through 400 years of Vienna's history. Lose yourself In the extensive cellars of the St. Michael's monastery, on this journey into Vienna's past. Through the use of the latest in entertainment technology travel through time, going back to the days of the ancient Roman camp of Vindobona up to present-day Vienna – a thrilling experience for the senses. Get to know some of the most important people in Viennese history and listen to what they have to say in the portrait gallery. Visit the 5D cinema, where spectacular effects give you the impression of really living in ancient Vienna. Witness imperial Vienna and learn about the nobility of the Viennese court. Meet the imperial family personally, and create your own impressions of the royal highnesses of the past. With the help of new technology and VR glasses, have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a virtual reality and to experience the course of Viennese music history in a special simulated world. With Enemy Aircraft!, feel as though World War II is raging all around you and you find yourself inside a bomb shelter. In Austria is free!, listen to the moving speech by Chancellor Figl within the battered remnants of Vienna, and feel the sigh of relief from the citizens of Austria. Finally, enjoy a special treat: simulated flying over the roofs of Vienna. Your journey ends with a beautiful virtual horse-drawn carriage flight over present-day Vienna.

Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

6. Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

Find your Fiaker next to the world-famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Square, begin your journey to old seat of government during the Habsburg monarchy, the Hofburg. Today, the President and Chancellor of the Austrian Republic have their offices at this impressive complex. Travel along marvellous boulevard known as "The Ring", where you have the chance to see the buildings of the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts. The square between the two buildings displays the statue of Maria Theresia, the sole female ruler in the house of Habsburg. Pass by the Austrian Parliament, built in a Greek architectural style with the statue of Pallas Athene in front of it. Right after the Parliament, see the Vienna Town Hall with its impressive square. The square in front of the hall is very popular among the Viennese, many events such as the annual film festival and the Christmas markets take place there. Finish your ride back at the St. Stephans Cathedral where it started.

Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

7. Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

Explore the mysterious underworld of Vienna on this exciting walking tour. Experience the diverse and eventful history of the city with a professional tour guide. You begin the tour at Michaelerplatz, where you can feel the city's 2,000 -year history. Building work exposed part of the old Roman city. A cellar from the 17th century and part of the old city wall can also be found here. Nearby you will find St. Michael’s Church, which has more than 4,000 people buried in its crypt. See the wonderfully preserved mummies of rich and notable figures. You will then be guided through a few more basements.

Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

8. Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the imperial collections. See works from ancient Egypt and classical antiquity and through the late 18th century. In the Picture Gallery admire masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Vermeer, Velázquez, Titian and Durer. At the Kunstkammer see works by goldsmiths such as Benvenuto Cellini. The collection includes sculptural masterpieces and filigree works in ivory by top artists of the day. Marvel at the magnificent building itself, with its imposing staircase that features a series of paintings on which Gustav Klimt collaborated.

Vienna: Tour of Schönbrunn Palace with Dinner and a Concert

9. Vienna: Tour of Schönbrunn Palace with Dinner and a Concert

Discover the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna after-hours paired perfectly with dinner and a concert. Tour through the palace with an audio guide, take a train ride to a fine restaurant nearby, before listening to a concert by Mozart and Strauss in the Orangery. Meet in front of the main entrance of Schönbrunn Palace and enter inside, using your smartphone as your audioguide. Explore the interior of the palace and learn its many interesting histories and facts. Take a panoramic train ride through the Palace gardens, that arrives at the restaurant for your special meal. Enjoy dinner for about an hour, then ride the Panorama train back towards the concert. Enter into the Orangery Schönbrunn and take your seats. Feel the anticipation as the orchestra takes the stage, and immerse into the sounds of Mozart and Strauss for the evening.

Vienna: "Sisi's Amazing Journey" Virtual Reality Experience

10. Vienna: "Sisi's Amazing Journey" Virtual Reality Experience

Once you have entered the realm of virtual reality, prepare yourself for a magnificent journey. You will be accompanied the whole way by Empress Sisi, valet Ketterl, and the boat's helmsman. First, hear about Sisi's life and listen to exciting details about the empress's most important years in an anecdotal narrative. Then, sit down, lean back, and go on a virtual reality boat ride, with the most modern mobile boat simulators, down below and way above the streets of Vienna. You will travel through the sewer systems of Vienna, encounter Countess Elisabeth Bartoly, a Hungarian noblewoman and notorious murderer, and the virgin victims in her torture chamber. Later on, you land at the Schönbrunn Zoo, where you will be surrounded by penguins. Finish your historical virtual reality experience with a magical flight over Vienna and take in a 360-degree panoramic view.

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What people are saying about Vienna

First tip: go to the cash desk at Michaelerplatz 1 an hour earlier to exchange the voucher. Then go out with the ticket and go to the entrance at JosefhPlatz 4 (the 2nd door on the right of the porch facing the horse stables). with the various daily programs.

Idyllic little hall with great acoustics. Cold shivers passed through the body as the strings sounded so beautifully. I highly recommend.

Exellent value for money, could not have made it any affordable myself. Our guide Sofia was very knowleable.

It is a very beautiful and interesting landmark. Go to Vienna and not see Klimt? It is unimaginable

Wonderful experience! Intimate and charming location, really friendly staff, incredible musicians.