Spanische Hofreitschule & Lipizzaner, Vienna
It may be interesting for you to go there if you love horses or architecture.
I love both a bit so it was interesting to see the morning exercise.
Honestly I would prefer a free horse than a trained one, even if the last one looks more "elegant"...
Fondest memory: Shame on me for taking a photo there, after all warnings we have heard.
It was just because we have paid the tickets and we couldn’t find a seat (at least for our son) for all those money.
I was looking mostly to the breath-taking architecture and not to the scared horses exercising…
Go to the The Spanish Riding School of Vienna...
...is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. This Institute was founded in 1572 and its very name gives away the fact that the horses were of Spanish origin.
The Imperial Court Stud was situated near the village of Lipizza and it was this village which gave the race its name.
After the collapse of the Danube Monarchy in 1920 the Austrian Republic became the legal successor and from this time the Lipizzaners have been bred at the federal Stud at Piber in Styria.
The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe.
If you miss going to the Hofburg palace complex and in particular the Spanish Riding School, then you haven't seen Vienna. While it would take days to fully explore the Hofburg, you can go to the Riding School & then walk around the grounds in an afternoon. At least you'll get a taste of the imperial glory of the city that once ruled most of Europe.
Fondest memory: All my life, I've dreamed of seeing the Lippizaners perform at the Spanish Riding School, but quite ironically the main group was touring the U.S. while I was in Vienna! However, I did get to see a training session of the younger horses. They haven't yet learned the spectacular airs above the ground but they are still magnificent creatures, and to watch them rehearse in the Spanish Riding School, which is a grand ballroom in itself, was a wonderful experience. One day I'll return to see a full performance!
Favorite thing: This winter Riding school was founded in 1572 but built about 1730. The Lipizzaner stallions (originaly from Lipica, Slovenia!!!) have since 1918 been bred at a stud in the Styruab village of Piber.