There are so many things you could and should see when visiting Vienna in Austria. The city is overflowing with history and culture, not to forget to the mention the incredible shopping and eating opportunities.
From visiting the palace to the flea markets and opera, keep reading for the top things to do in Vienna.
Here is our overview:
- Here are the top things to do in Vienna on your next trip
- Schloss Schoenbrunn in Vienna, a highlight and an UNESCO World Heritage
- The palace is wheelchair-accessible and is open all year round
- The Naschmarkt with its flea market of Vienna, Austria
- Here is how to get there and the relevant opening hours
- Food, Coffee and Market Tour
- Included is
- The opera house of Vienna, known for Viennese arts
- Republik Kugelmugel and the Prater with the Giant Ferris Wheel of Vienna
- Here is how to get to the Prater in Vienna
- The Imperial Treasury is a must on any tour of Vienna
- The Museum of Art History (Museum of Fine Arts) – One of the world’s greatest art museums
- What to expect in the Museum of Art History
- Here is more info on the prices and how to get to the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna
- Hofburg Palace, Vienna, immense palace complex of the Habsburger
- How to get to the Hofburg Palace
- The Central Cemetery, with its famous musicians
- Getting to the Central Cemetery and opening hours
- Spanish Riding School
- If you would like to see these beautiful horses up close, here are your options.
- How to get to the Spanish Riding School
- Tickets for the Spanish Riding School
Here are the top things to do in Vienna on your next trip
Schloss Schoenbrunn in Vienna, a highlight and an UNESCO World Heritage
The Schloss Schönbrunn Vienna was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996, and it is perfectly located a close distance from the city centre, which make it significantly easier to get to by public transportation: All you need to do when visiting Schloss Schönbrunn is take the underground U4 (green line) and get off at Schönbrunn.
If you plan on catching a tram, make sure to take 10, 58, and detrain at Schönbrunn. Otherwise, take the 10A bus and alight at Schönbrunn
Schönbrunn is the ultimate palace experience in Vienna because the Habsburg summer palace can be found here. It is comparable in grandeur to Versailles and is definitely a must-see in Vienna.
Its exquisite gardens and interactive zoo (the oldest in the world, built for Maria Theresa’s husband in 1752) alone are worth a lengthy visit, so make sure that you add that to your list of the top things to do in Vienna. The palace has also seen its fair share of excitement over the years, including a meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschchev at the height of the Cold War.
The Palace Park offers a lot of attractions, such as the Privy Garden, a Maze and Labyrinth, and the top-of-the-hill Gloriette with its Panorama Terrace.
There are two possible tours available without a guide (though guides are available): the Imperial Tour showing 22 rooms and the Grand Tour showing 40 rooms. The price of admission includes an audio or written guide.
The shorter tour of Schönbrunn Palace takes you into the west wing of the palace including the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), as well as the imposing state rooms in the central wing.
With the Grand Tour you can visit, in addition to those rooms included on the Imperial Tour, the 18th-century rooms from the time of Maria Theresa.
Just make sure to keep in mind that no photos, videotaping, or backpacks are allowed inside.
Another option is to embark on this enchanting journey through Austria’s history and experience the No. 1 attraction up close – with a knowledgeable guide at your side.
Thanks to fast-track tickets, you can easily bypass the queues and dive straight into the breathtaking state rooms where the former emperors of Vienna once spent their summers.
Explore the beautiful gardens of Schönbrunn Palace and sit back to enjoy a traditional strudel and aromatic coffee – a perfect end to an unforgettable tour.
Awaken your inner prince or princess and experience the stunning Schönbrunn Palace up close and personal. The tour is an absolute must for anyone visiting the city of dreams.
To make sure that you get into Schloss Schönbrunn, get your ticket in advance.
Here you can book a guided tour for around €48 / $52 and skip the line at the entrance. If you just need an entrance ticket, get it here online, so that you don’t need to wait in the line at the ticket counter:
The palace is wheelchair-accessible and is open all year round
- Apr 1—Jun 30: 8:30AM–5PM
- Jul 1—Aug 31: 8:30AM–6PM
- Sep 31—Oct 31: 8:30AM–5PM
- Nov 1—Mar 31: 8:30AM–4:30PM
The Naschmarkt with its flea market of Vienna, Austria
The Naschmarkt in Vienna is a must for every visitor to the city. With over 170 stalls, shops and restaurants, it stretches from Kettenbrückengasse to Getreidemarkt, between the left and right Wienzeile. The Vienna River flows below, while on the surface crowds of people stream through the rows of market stalls.
The special atmosphere of the bazaar makes the Naschmarkt a unique experience. Here, etiquette plays no role and social barriers disappear. Businessmen in suits, mothers and students all enjoy the charm of the market.
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The Naschmarkt is primarily a flea market, though there are some stalls that sell new items such as handwoven wicker baskets or food. Give yourself time to explore this market and pick through the detritus of an imperial society – you never know what you’ll find hidden under that stack of terrible fuzzy sweaters. From the most unique couture gowns to Communist medals from all the former Eastern Bloc countries, tobacco pipes and broken antique pocket watches; the flea market at the Naschmarkt is worth at least a full afternoon of your time. You won’t want to rush this experience as there are many hidden gems to be uncovered.
Once you have explored the Naschmarkt in Vienna, make sure to walk all the way from the flea market end of the Naschmarkt through to the food stall end and you will arrive at the Secession building, that is located on the left close to the Karlsplatz metro stop.
On Saturday, the so-called Bio-Eck offers local products. Local farmers sell organic honey, meat, fish and vegetables. Table flags make the products easily recognizable.
Here is how to get there and the relevant opening hours
- Linke Wienzeile
- Take the underground U1, U2 or U2Z or U4 to Karlsplatz.
Or the U4 to Kettenbrückengasse.
Bus 59A stops at Kettenbrückengasse.
- Opening hours are generous:
Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 21:00
Saturday from 6:00 to 18:00 for the trade
The gastronomy is open Monday to Saturday from 6:00 to 23:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00.
The flea market and the organic corner are always open on Saturdays.
Food, Coffee and Market Tour
If you want to experience the Naschmarkt in all its facets, you can book a gourmet tour. The tour includes tastings and information about the history of the market.
Start your exploration of Vienna on one of the city’s most famous shopping streets – the Graben. Take a break at a café that has been serving delicious Viennese beer since 1685.
After your caffeine fix, refuel at a pastry shop on your way to the Hotel Sacher Vienna, home of the Sacher Torte – a delicious chocolate cake topped with a layer of apricot jam and chocolate icing. With your knowledgeable guide, you’ll learn how 500 of these Viennese specialties are made every day.
Then it’s on to the lively open-air markets of Naschmarkt and Brunnenmarkt. Along the way, you’ll get recommendations for the coolest places to eat and browse stalls selling colorful produce, sweet treats and household goods.
You’ll also have a chance to sample fresh produce, fish, spices and cheeses at a cozy eatery near the market. Finish your tour with a private coffee tasting at a hip coffeehouse in the trendy Neubau, Vienna’s seventh district.
- 4-hour guided food tour of Vienna
- Breakfast stop: tea or Viennese coffee and seasonal strudel
- Lunch stop: Main course, warm dessert and a glass of Austrian wine
- Street food stop: small goulash or roast pork, or vegetarian option
- Coffee House Stop: Tea, Viennese coffee or hot chocolate
The opera house of Vienna, known for Viennese arts
The Opera House of Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper) is probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt during the post-war era.
It was built from 1861-1869 under the direction of architects Eduard van der Nüll and August von Siccardsburg for then-emperor Franz Josef I. The first performance there was Don Giovanni, an opera by Austrian native Mozart, on 25 May 1869.
Though now as well-loved as any member of the family, the architecture of the Opera was barely tolerated by the picky Viennese when it first opened. Van der Nüll did not take these criticisms of his work lightly and ended his life. A few weeks later, von Siccardsburg died of a heart attack. Doubly cursed, the Opera building succumbed to bombs less than 100 years later, during WWII. After ten years of Allied control after the end of the war, many cultural institutions reopened to celebrate the birth of the new Austrian state. This time the Opera opened with an adopted son of Vienna’s work: Beethoven’s Fidelio.
History of the Opera Hoise of Vienna aside, you will immediately notice that the lush curtains and overall elegance contribute to the overall atmosphere of the Opera (even the nosebleed seats, so steeply pitched and close to the ceiling a nosebleed becomes a distinct possibility).
For those not looking to spend too much, you will be happy to know that the inexpensive standing room tickets are made available for every performance and sold the day of the performance. Just keep in mind that the line forms about 2 hours prior to the performance.
Related tour: Tickets for Vienna State Opera Tours
Republik Kugelmugel and the Prater with the Giant Ferris Wheel of Vienna
The Prater Park began its life, as so many European parks did, as a carriage-riding area for the nobility. It is still a popular place to spend a weekend afternoon with family, so make sure to add it to your list of things to do in Vienna.
The weirdest attraction in the Prater is the Kugelmugel. It is a spherical house (diameter 7.68m) that, after failing to get a planning permit, declared independence from Austria. Originally built elsewhere, it was forcibly carted off to the Prater by Austrian authorities and now sits uninhabited and fenced off with barbed wire.
You should as well visit the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna.
An English engineering firm (Walter Basset) built the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) from 1896-97. Others of the same era, built for world exhibitions and other parks in Chicago, London, Paris, etc. have long since been torn down. The Riesenrad has become a well-known symbol of Vienna.
Did you know that the famous gondolas, complete with bright red numbers, have been featured in numerous Hollywood blockbusters? From Orson Welles’ “The Third Man” to Timothy Dalton’s “James Bond: The Living Daylights,” these gondolas have enhanced many a movie. You will spot it as well on many picture postcards.
It has 15 gondolas, some of which are incredibly ornate and large enough to host an extended family inside, offering a spectacular panorama of the city.
And the best part is that you can skip the queue with your smartphone ticket. This is a great advantage, especially if it’s your first time. From the cabin, 65 meters above the ground, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Austrian capital, its ancient architecture and the shimmering Danube.
Don’t forget to take some pictures before you descend to the ground. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty to explore when you get back down!
Here is how to get to the Prater in Vienna
- U1, tram O, 5, 21: Praterstern
- S1-S3, S7, S15: Wien Nord
- Tel: 729 54 30
- May-Sep 9AM-midnight
The Imperial Treasury is a must on any tour of Vienna
Located in the Neue Hofburg, the Schatzkammer (also known as the Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasures) is the best part of the Hofburg and an absolute must-see on any tour of Vienna.
It contains the Habsburgs’ collection of jewels, crowns, and other valuables — perhaps the best on the Continent, that will both shock and delight you.
Second only to a tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum itself, of which the Schatzkammer is officially a part, are the 20 rooms of priceless treasures that give a fairly accurate feel for Habsburg court life over the centuries opulence at its finest.
The Imperial Treasury Collection has one highlight that stands out: the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. It dates from the second half of the 10th century and was worn by the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. With numerous biblical allusions, the octagonal crown had a highly symbolic character.
Another important crown in the collection is the Austrian Imperial Crown. Made in 1602 as a private crown for Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612), it served as the crown of the newly created Austrian Empire from 1804. However, no Austrian emperor was ever crowned with it.
In addition to these crowns, the 15th-century Burgundian Treasure and the Treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece (the Habsburg order) are also on display. The collection includes many richly decorated pieces of secular and ecclesiastical power, including one of the largest emeralds in the world.
Two “inalienable heirlooms of the House of Austria” are also on display: a giant narwhal tooth, once thought to be a unicorn, and a late antique agate bowl, believed to be the fabled Holy Grail.
For fans of Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, there are pieces of jewelry from her estate to admire in the Treasury. A special highlight is the key to her coffin in the Capuchin Crypt, which is also part of the collection.
Entrance: €14 (or you get a combined ticket with the Museum of Art History Vienna for €27)
Extra budget travel tip: For only €3 you can be whisked away for 30 minutes.
The Imperial Treasury offers an incredible view of over a thousand years of European history – and the most important crown treasure from the Middle Ages. You’ll also see the Austrian Imperial Crown and many precious jewels.
The whole thing starts at 12:30 and lasts about 30 minutes. Treat yourself to a little break and be transported to a different world!
Get your tickets here: ww.khm.at
A special skip-the-line tour offers the opportunity to visit the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, the Hofburg Palace and the gardens.
Experience the story of Sisi first hand and be enchanted by the magnificent lifestyle of the Habsburgs. A group tour of the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments and the courtyards and gardens of the Hofburg is an unforgettable experience. With pre-booked skip-the-line tickets and a licensed 5-star guide, you’ll experience a high-quality tour with easy-to-understand commentary in English. Immerse yourself in Vienna’s imperial heritage and enjoy a 2.5 hour tour with a professional guide.
Time-limited tickets allow you to bypass the queues at the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg and spend more time exploring the private rooms, salons and offices of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth ‘Sisi’ of Bavaria. Admire the world-famous collection of Sisi’s personal belongings and discover her moving story.
The tour also takes you through the courtyards and buildings of the world-famous Spanish Riding School and to Heldenplatz and the Burggarten with its many statues and fountains. Be enchanted by the beauty of Vienna and experience the imperial heritage at its best!
I guess you have realized already, if you are a fan of royalty and their stories, then Vienna is the place for you. Gain an exciting insight into the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
Here is a guided tour of Vienna, which will take you to the most important sights associated with the beloved queen. You will visit the Sisi Museum in the Hofburg, where you can admire about 300 objects from her life.
A short stop at the Augustinerkirche – the wedding church of Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Josef – is a must.
The tour also takes you to her favorite pastry shop and many other places. If you don’t want to miss this tour, book your tickets now for a guided tour of the Hofburg Palace and the Sisi Museum.
The Museum of Art History (Museum of Fine Arts) – One of the world’s greatest art museums
One of the world’s greatest art museums is without a doubt the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in Vienna, often also called ‘Museum of Fine Arts’. All of its treasures and artifacts are in a palace that’s a work of art itself.
KHM houses an incredibly rich collection of objects spanning seven millennia – from ancient Egypt to the 18th century. The origins of this collection go back to the collecting passion of the Habsburg emperors, from whose possessions many of the artworks originate. It is truly impressive to see so much history and art in such a small space. An absolute must for any art lover!
Like the Louvre, serious art fans may wish to devote more than a day to its treasures. The mother of all Austrian museums – there is no other word to describe the “Kunst” other than mind boggling – contains a world-class exhibit of the Habsburgs’ art collection, including Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bosch, and Brueghel.
Its, at the very least, a full day’s worth of sightseeing, if you intend to go through it thoroughly and attempt to ponder the importance of each major work. The better approach here is to break up sections of the museum and visit them over a series of days, or if that’s not an option, pick one section and concentrate on it alone.
Beginning with another section of the museum, it’s possible to have a lunch or light dinner in the café and then continue through the Picture Gallery until closing time (especially on Thursdays, because the Picture Gallery is open until 9PM). The Museum has an excellent collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art. The coin & medals collection is also exhaustive in its scope.
What to expect in the Museum of Art History
The Egyptian-Oriental Collection impresses with its imposing papyrus bundle columns and Egyptianizing wall decorations and is one of the most beautiful collections worldwide. Here one can find sculptures from every period of Ancient Egypt, valuable papyri, inscriptions and reliefs as well as burial objects and sarcophagi made of wood and stone. The collection focuses on sculptures and inscriptions from ancient southern Arabia, as well as archaeological finds from prehistoric times and Nubia.
The collection of antiquities was extensively renovated and now shines in new splendor. It is one of the most important collections of its kind and houses objects of the highest rank from the 3rd millennium B.C. to around 1000 A.D. Here you can admire sculptures, ancient vases, statuettes made of bronze and clay, unique ceremonial cameos as well as treasure finds from the Migration Period and the early Middle Ages in an extraordinary setting.
In the painting gallery you can be enchanted by masterpieces such as Tintoretto’s “Susanna” and Raphael’s “Madonna in the Green”. The world’s largest Bruegel collection also includes Bruegel’s “Peasant Wedding.” In addition, numerous works by world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Dürer, Holbein, Titian, Velázquez, Caravaggio and Vermeer can be admired.
The Kunstkammer is an absolute top collection, unparalleled anywhere in the world. The objects are of the highest quality and were created by outstanding artists to satisfy the refined tastes of art lovers.
In the Coin Cabinet you will find a wide selection of natural money, antique coins, baroque medals and modern coinage. These small works of art are distinguished by their incredible precision craftsmanship.
The Museum Library is a scholarly reference library that houses specialized libraries from all of the Museum’s collections. It focuses on incunabula, manuscripts, maps, and historical prints and portfolios dealing with history, cultural history, and art. With around 256,000 volumes, there is much to discover here.
The Museum cafe is a bit pricey though, but good, and in a beautiful setting too.
Like the Louvre, hand-held photography is permitted to help store and recall the numerous beautiful works of art at the Kunst.
It is truly impressive to see so much history and art in such a small space. An absolute must for any art lover!
Here is more info on the prices and how to get to the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna
- €21 (students €18)
- Picture Gallery daily except Monday 10AM–6PM, Thursday 10AM–9PM,
- Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
- Arrival from Westbahnhof
Subway line U3 to station Volkstheater
- Arriving from Central Station
Tram line D to station Burgring/Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Public Transportation
U2, U3: Volkstheater
D, 1, 2, 2A, 57A Burgring Maria-Theresien-Platz (entrance)
Hofburg Palace, Vienna, immense palace complex of the Habsburger
Hofburg Palace, this immense palace complex grew into a large, unwieldy series of buildings over the years and was the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918.
What began as a medieval castle (whose chapel is the only original element of that building to survive) was expanded and redecorated as the Habsburgs’ power increased correspondingly. The Palace Stables and Amalia’s Wing were added in the sixteenth century. The Imperial Chancery Wing, Court Library, and Spanish Riding School was added in the eighteenth. In the last century, St Michael’s Wing was tacked on and around 1900 the New Palace was completed.
The contents of each separate building contain so many treasures that the time spent moving from one to another is like opening box after box of fabulous jewels – it’s difficult to know when to stop.
The Imperial Palace itself now houses the offices of the Austrian President, a convention center, and the Spanish Riding School with its Lipizzaner stallions.
The Palace also houses several museums which are open to the public, including the “Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection” (Kaiserappartements, Sisi Museum, Silberkammer) where you can visit 22 state rooms (open daily from 9AM-5PM; July-Aug: 9AM-5:30PM. The museums are wheelchair-accessible).
These are the residential and state apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Empress Elisabeth (popularly known as Sisi) and show 19th-century imperial life. The Imperial Silver Collection displays unique items of the glittering world of imperial dining.
You can purchase a single ticket for all three museums or purchase the “Sisi Ticket”, which entitles you to visit the Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg with Audio Guide (Imp. Apartments, Sisi Museum, Imp. Silver Collection), and Imperial Furniture Museum.
How to get to the Hofburg Palace
the nearest underground station is: U3 Herrengasse;
tram: Lines 1, 2, D, J, alight at Burgring;
bus: Lines 2A or 3A, alight at Hofburg,
The Central Cemetery, with its famous musicians
The Vienna Central Cemetery is a very special place in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can not only visit famous graves, but also experience a breathtaking natural spectacle.
The cemetery is almost as big as downtown Vienna and was originally established outside the city walls to provide more space for the living. Today, the city’s housing developments are growing right up to the walls, but the Central Cemetery retains its unique charm.
In fact, the cemetery probably has more “inhabitants” than the city itself. While Vienna will have about 1.98 million inhabitants in 2023, more than two million people have already found their final resting place here.
One of the larger areas of the Central Cemetery is the old Jewish cemetery, whose neglect seems almost romantic – unless you know the tragic story behind it. During the Third Reich, Austrian Jews were murdered or deported, leaving no relatives to care for the graves.
So the next time you’re in Vienna, be sure to take a trip to the Central Cemetery. You might be surprised at how peaceful and beautiful it is. And who knows, you might even find the grave of a famous Viennese artist or scientist.
In addition to the grave of Austria’s federal president, the central cemetery contains many other honorary graves that are carefully maintained.
Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery), Mozart, Beethoven and other luminaries of the musical world (Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Schönberg and others) are all buried, or at least memorialized, here.
Mozart’s body is in a mass grave (as required by the law at that time) in another cemetery – but his memorial is located here amongst the others.
The graves of the composers and other “Ehrengräber” (graves of honor) are located in section 32C, near the main road leading from the church.
The cemetery has served as a giant park for weekend ramblings since its creation. There are also immense monuments shaped like 10ft tall iron canopy beds (within eye shot of the musicians memorial) and other unique shapes.
Though it does take some time to get out to the Zentralfriedhof (25 to 30 Minutes total from Stephansplatz), it is definitely worth the trip.
Getting to the Central Cemetery and opening hours
- Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234,
- Tel: 760 41.
- Nov-Feb 8AM-5PM: March, April, Sept, Oct 7AM-6PM,
- May-Aug 7AM-7PM.
- Take the U3 to Simmering and then take tram 71 (there’s even a Viennese expression “taking the #71 tram” as a euphemism for death) or 6 to get there. The tram stops are named after the cemetery gate next to it, “Zentralfriedhof 1. Tor” is where the old Jewish section is, “Zentralfriedhof 2. Tor” is the main gate.
Spanish Riding School
For 450 years, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna has cultivated the artistic tradition of Renaissance horsemanship and remains a center of attraction for visitors and locals alike. Anyone who loves the noble Lipizzaner stallions should not miss a visit, a guided tour or a performance.
In 2015, the Spanish Riding School is celebrating its 450th anniversary, and you can enjoy the fascinating sight of the white horses during a visit to the morning training or an impressive gala performance.
The Imperial Riding School was built under Charles VI as part of the Hofburg Palace and is an impressive example of Baroque architecture. The Winter Riding School is where the performances take place, while the Summer Riding School boasts the largest oval riding arena in the world. On a guided tour, you can visit the Stable Palace and learn more about how the horses are housed.
This renaissance building has been home to white stallions for 400 years and features a unique architectural style. Daily tours at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm offer an exciting journey through the history of these majestic horses. Tickets for this tour range from 8 to 16 euros. Please note that children under the age of three are not admitted to the tours and shows.
Lipizzaners are a breed of horse bred exclusively at the Piber Federal Stud in Lower Austria. Here the foals are born and raised with love and care before selected horses are brought to Vienna to be trained as dressage horses. These sturdy and friendly horses also have an elegant build that is perfect for demanding dressage work.
If you would like to see these beautiful horses up close, here are your options.
Every day at 11 am, the morning training takes place, where you can get a glimpse of the training work. That’s the budget option and get your ticket online in advance, if you are interested. Here the muscles of these noble animals are strengthened and their natural movements are transformed into the perfect figures of the High School. The training consists of simple loosening exercises as well as riding exercises to refine and perfect the individual lessons. The jumps of the classical school are not trained regularly in public and can therefore only be seen occasionally.
However, if you would like to experience the full program, a visit to a regular performance or gala show is a good idea. Here the Lipizzaner horses and their riders perform beautiful jumps and figures in the most beautiful riding hall in the world. The performance is accompanied by classical Viennese music, while the lighting concept, developed by multimedia artist André Heller, completes the show.
Saddle up because you’re ready for one of the most amazing horse shows of your life! The Lipizzaners, Europe’s oldest and most intelligent horse breed, are ready to enchant you in a special equestrian show at the unique Winter Riding School.
A combination of Spanish, Italian and Arabian bloodlines, these majestic animals will dazzle you with their intelligence and energy. At the Winter Riding School, you can see firsthand how years of training come together in a unique display.
One of the most dazzling venues in Vienna, the Winter Riding School is not only the oldest riding school, but also the only institution in the world that has been teaching the Renaissance tradition of “High School” for over 450 years.
Experience the school quadrille with young, energetic foals and calm, well-trained stallions. This unparalleled equestrian experience will thrill you and stay with you forever.
Start time: 11:00
Duration: 1h 10mins
Note: The use of cameras and recording equipment is strictly forbidden
How to get to the Spanish Riding School
The enchanting Spanish Riding School is located on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace and is easily accessible by public transportation. Parking is limited, so we recommend taking the U3 to Herrengasse and then a short walk to the Hofburg. Numerous tram lines also stop in the immediate vicinity.
Tickets for the Spanish Riding School
Tickets for the morning work are 16 Euros, while the performances and gala shows cost between 30 and 250 Euros. The price range extends from a simple standing-room-only ticket to a lavish gala performance.
When it comes to discovering all the things to do in Vienna, you will be happy to note that there is plenty on offer to keep you well and busy throughout your entire stay. And so, if you haven’t already booked your ticket to Vienna what are you waiting for?
Vienna is a real gem for tourists and a place you have to visit at least once in your life. It has so much to offer that you will need several days to see it all. We hope our tips will help you plan your stay in Vienna.
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