Crystal Chandeliers Grace Vienna’s Spanish Riding School during a Horseback Riding Demonstration in Austria
Horse Paired with Rider for a Lifetime
Each junior rider is eventually put in charge of a young horse and is responsible for the horse’s care and training. Ideally, a rider will be paired with a horse throughout the horse’s entire life. Master riders say that their education is never really finished, since they are constantly learning from the horses they ride and that each new horse has new lessons to impart. Enjoy the spectacular performance at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School and appreciate the beauty and elegance of the Lipizzaner and their impressive horseback riders, who, through their precision and discipline, have lovingly kept this horseback riding tradition alive for over four centuries.
If you go:
Spanish Riding School
Tickets to the Spanish Riding School, in Vienna, Austria, may be booked on-line in advance and picked up an hour prior to the horseback riding performance.
Vienna, Austria has a wide range of accommodations for your horseback riding vacation. On a recent visit, my family and I enjoyed our stay at the centrally-located Radisson Blu Palais Hotel. The Europe à la carte blog has put together a list of the best places to stay in Vienna for all budgets.
Viennese fare is wonderful and you can eat well at traditional Austrian ‘beisl’ without breaking the bank. Enjoy enormous Wienerschnitzel at Figlmüller. Eat traditional Austrian dishes served since 1447 at Vienna’s oldest inn (complete with Ottoman cannonballs in the wall from the siege of 1683 and signatures on the ceiling from centuries of famous patrons, including Beethoven and Schubert) at the Griechenbeisl , climb down into the 14th century multi-layered catacombs to eat at the Zwölf Apostelkeller, or enjoy the imperial splendor of the Jugendstil Habsburg greenhouse, the Palmenhaus.
What are your favorite things to do in Vienna, Austria?
Image credits: Image 1: courtesy of hostau.org
Image 2: courtesy of equisearch.com
Spanish Riding School video found on YouTube.
Kimberly Sullivan grew up around horses in Saratoga Springs, NY. Now she contents herself with accompanying her children to their horseback riding lessons. She works in international development in Rome, Italy. Kimberly enjoys traveling with her family and writes a weekly column on European travel for the web blog Europe à la carte.