See the famous 'Equine Ballet' at the Spanish Riding School in the Imperial Palace in Vienna

This is the last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. Visit the superb baroque arena in the Habsburg palace to see these beautiful white stallions perform to music under the portrait of their founder, the Emperor Karl VI. Visit the Royal Stable and have a tour of the Lipizzaner Museum. Take some time to wander through the old town or take a carriage ride to see the historic sites. We are able to offer accommodation in some great Viennese hotels which we have hand picked for their location in the heart of old Vienna. Vienna is one of Europe's great cultural centres, so there is much to see for for all the family with the superb art museums, the Toy Museum, the Prater funfair, the markets, the concert halls, the palaces,.... a stand alone holiday destination or combine it with a riding trip to one of our other Austrian destinations.

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Stay in Vienna in the heart of the old town, take a visit to the Spanish Riding School and a horse and carriage ride around the historic centre. Combine a visit to Vienna with a few days of riding at one of our recommended riding hotels The Medieval Castle , the Avance Family Hotel and also the 5*Supreme Hotel, (the latter two on Lipizzaners) which are about one hour from Vienna by train or private transfer. Both venues offer dressage, carriage driving and rides out.

Gala performances in full costume with music take place on either Saturday or Sunday mornings at 11.00 a.m. (and some Fridays at 6pm). Tickets cost between £31 and £112 depending on the seats, with an additional booking fee applicable, with tickets hand delivered to your hotel. Alternatively you can book your own tickets online to ensure you get the exact seats you want. In July and August the horses return to graze the summer pastures at the Piber stud near Graz. Also closed on Mondays, public holidays and in January. Seats for gala performances have to be booked in advance. Guideline prices only.

The morning training session with music takes place from Tuesday to Saturday (except public holidays) from 10.00 a.m to 12.00 noon. In February the training also takes place on Mondays. Free entry to the Lipizzaner Museum with your ticket. Tickets available on the door (Michaelerplatz 1, Tues to Sat) and at Josefplatz on the day. Cost c. €12

A guided tour including the stables takes place in the afternoons, up to 3 times daily with a maximum of 25 people on each tour. Cost c. €16

A combined ticket for the tour and to watch morning exercise cost c. €26 and these are available on the door as detailed above. Ask for Ticket Plus.

These tickets can be booked on line at www.srs.at

Where to stay:

The Radisson 5* A beautiful Viennese Palais excellently located on the famous Ringstrasse, which surrounds the Old City. Originally built in 1872 as two palaces, this 5* hotel has lost none of its original splendor. It is opposite the Park and the Kursalon where you can hear nightly recitals of Classical music with dance. Just ten minutes walk and you are in the heart of the old city, the St. Stephan's Cathedral and the smart pedestrianised shopping areas. Excellent location, award-winning romantic restaurant, tea salon, fitness centre and spa.

Hotel Wandl 3* The Wandl is part of Viennese tradition dating back to 1700, centrally situated just 200m from St Stephan's Square. Despite its age, rooms are light and modern whilst period features remain to give the hotel great character.

Vienna is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The historical and cultural heart of the city is compact and easy to wander around on foot. There is plenty to do for a short break here: climb up the tower of St.Stephan's cathedral for a breath-taking view of the city, stroll around the formal gardens of the dazzling Schönbrunn palace, see the crown jewels at The Hofburg, visit The Belvedere or the Lichtenstein palaces with their unique art collections or just stroll around the cobbled streets shopping, listening to the street musicians, then refresh yourself in one of the famous imperial coffee houses or deep underground in a medieval vaulted wine cellar. Vienna has some of world's greatest museums, including an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings at the Kunsthistorische Museum, and one of Europe's largest centres of modern art in the new 'MQ' or Museums' Quarter.

Vienna is also a city of music; composers such as Strauss, Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Mahler, Schubert and Beethoven all lived here. We can organise tickets for the famous Vienna Boys' Choir at the Burgkapelle, the Strauss Salon Orchestra at the charming Kursalon in the park, or for a Mozart dinner concert in the Orangery of the Schönbrunn Palace.

Sightseeing Tours: We are delighted to be able to offer the following tours with an English speaking guide.

  • City Tour and Schonbrunn: £37 Adult, £15 Child 3-11 yrs (Half day)
  • City Tour and a boat ride on the Danube (April -October) £37 Adult, £15 Child 3-11 yrs (Half day)
  • Vienna Woods and Mayerling £42 Adult, £15 Child 3-11 yrs (Half day)
  • The Romantic Danube Valley £60 Adult, £30 Child 3-11 yrs (Full day)
  • Viennese Serenade Evening: Songs, operettas, a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and a meal at a wine tavern plus transfer back to your hotel - you may need it! £65 Adult, £30 Child 3-11 yrs (c.3 1/2 hrs, evenings Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Salzburg and the lakes: A day trip to the birthplace of Mozart and the Salzkammergut: £95 Adult, £45 Child 3-11 yrs
  • Budapest: Follow the Danube to Budapest, a full day trip. £95 Adult, £45 Child 3-11 yrs
  • Prague; Cultural capital of Bohemia, a full day trip £105 Adult, £45 Child 3-11 yrs (Weds/Fri April - November only)

These tours can be booked when you arrive in your hotel. Just see reception.

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Getting there

Fly direct to Vienna or Bratislava (30 miles from Vienna).

Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow and Dublin to Vienna).
British Airways (London Heathrow and Manchester to Vienna).
Fly Niki (London Stansted and Manchester to Vienna).
Aer Lingus (Dublin to Vienna).
Air Berlin (Manchester, London Stansted, Belfast and Glasgow to Vienna).
Ryanair (London Stansted and Dublin to Bratislava).
Skyeurope (London Stansted and Manchester to Bratislava).
Easyjet (London Luton to Bratislava).

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