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Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

1. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and observe the horses during their training. In the magnificent setting of the baroque Winter Riding Academy, the training offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. The morning exercise of the horses is accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Training includes relaxation exercises, refining and perfecting movement, and strengthening certain muscles. The famous school jumps levade, courbette, and capriole, which are shown as part of the performances by the Spanish Riding School, are not practiced on a daily basis and can only sometimes be seen during the morning exercise. The white Lipizzaner stallions are put through their paces by their riders almost every day. The primary objective of the morning exercise is to maintain the horses’ athleticism and health, as well as to build up various muscle groups that are necessary for performing the exercises of the haute école.

Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

2. 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

3. 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: Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall

4. Vienna: Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall

Enjoy a superb concert of Mozart and Strauss classics at one of the city’s most venerable concert halls. During this entertaining and stylish evening, you will see a performance by the renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Founded in 1986, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra is composed of frequent participants at the concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, as well as other prestigious Austrian ensembles. Beside its worldwide touring history, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra is well known for holding Mozart concerts in Vienna in period costumes, enriching the musical life of the city. Listen as 30 exceptional musicians, 2 internationally renowned soloists, and 2 opera singers from the Vienna State Opera and Vienna’s Volksoper, present a well balanced concert program in the style of the musical academies from the late 18th-Century. Directed by star conductors, the incomparable acoustics and impressive architecture of these beautiful Viennese concert halls make for an unforgettable evening.

Vienna: Entry Tickets to Mozart and Strauss Concert

5. Vienna: Entry Tickets to Mozart and Strauss Concert

Hear the finest Viennese pieces performed by the Salonorchester Alt Wien orchestra in Vienna's Kursalon music hall. Upgrade to the VIP experience for premium seating and a glass of wine. Spend an evening listening to the unique program of the most celebrated compositions by the "waltz-king" Johann Strauss and that most brilliant exponent of Viennese Classicism, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by the renowned Salonorchester Alt Wien. Experience one of the best-known performances of classic Viennese music at this fabulous concert in the world capital of music. Lose yourself in an evening full of Viennese charm as you hear virtuosic musicians, opera singers, and enchanting Ballet soloists. From the lusty sounds of the waltz and the polka to the dramatic arias and duets, listen to the best operatic works and concertos, by two of the world's greatest composers, performed by artists at the highest pinnacle of excellence.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

6. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 4 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • App guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Mozart at the Brahms Hall

7. Vienna: Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Mozart at the Brahms Hall

Discover a highlight of Vienna's cultural calendar and enjoy an evening of beautiful music with this 2-hour Mozart and Vivaldi classical concert. Take your seat in the beautiful Brahms Hall of the Musikverein and admire the building’s breathtaking architecture. The first part of the concert includes Viennese classical pieces from Mozart and Haydn. The second part consists of Vivaldi’s legendary violin concerto “The Four Seasons,” featuring a string ensemble and Austrian soloists of international renown. You're sure to be charmed by this unique experience.

Vienna: Concert in Kursalon with Dinner

8. Vienna: Concert in Kursalon with Dinner

Experience an incredible evening in classic style and enjoy the most beautiful compositions of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Enjoy the whole repertoire of classical music and admire the excellent opera singers and fascinating ballet soloists. Begin the evening with a 3-course meal in the in-house restaurant "Das Johann" and enjoy the Salonorchester of Old Vienna's music in the Kursalon. Hear beautiful operettas and impressive solo concerts by the 2 best composers in the world, performed with incredible artistry. 

Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

9. Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital. Upon activation, you will have 24, 48, or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). Enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your stay (max. 7 days). Save up to 50% with the discounts. If you are traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. Download ivie, enter your 8-digit code to activate and hold your digital Vienna City Card.

Vienna: Mozart Concert in the Golden Hall with Dinner

10. Vienna: Mozart Concert in the Golden Hall with Dinner

Enjoy the most wonderful arias and duets from Mozart’s famous operas. Listen to fantastic excerpts from symphonies, concertos, and serenades as well as the Blue Danube and the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss. Experience the magnificent atmosphere and marvel at the musicians in traditional Baroque costumes and wigs. Before the Mozart concert you can enjoy a real feast at the Bristol restaurant. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with aperitif. The dishes are composed by the chef himself and mostly assembled spontaneously. They are some of the best dishes you can get in the whole of Austria.

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4.2 / 5

based on 286 reviews

I recommend it to everyone, even if compared to other cities it is a lot more expensive. It is also true that the most important attractions are included. The only flaw is that it can't be done exactly for all the days you want (as in my case). Surely, however, if you intend to visit a lot, it is also worth buying because it allows you to skip many things, which saves time and often it is enough to scan the code of the same, without making a ticket.

This truly a great experience on Dec 25th. The concert combines classical music with ballet and opera, and it was truly a great performance and selection of musical pieces. The dinner was excellent, with tasty very well presented menu,, plus red or white wine. The venue was a spectacular reception hall, with a very skilled performing pianist who enchanted us with some jazz and Christmas tunes. Great value, totally worth it.

I did the 6 day Vienna Pass. Initially it could have seemed a high figure, but then using the relative transports and having planned the visits to the places included in the package, I saved money and waiting times at the entrance queues to the places included in the list which are so many and of all types. Absolutely recommended. Excellent initiative in the interest of the tourist.

I recommend the purchase to be able to visit almost all of Vienna without worrying about tickets and long queues

Wonderful experience. Dinner very good except for dessert. Concert was brilliant. Highly recommend