Friday, 26 June 2015

450 years of the Spanish Riding School / Vienna's historic Spanish riders trot into the 21st century/ VÍDEO below

450 years of the Spanish Riding School
In 2015, the Spanish Riding School will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of its first written mention with gala performances on Heldenplatz.

The first mention of the existence of a predecessor of the later Spanish Riding School is dated 20 September 1565: A document bearing this date refers to an amount of 100 gulden for creating a "Thumblplatz im Garten an der Purgkh alhie" (a playground in the garden on the castle boulevard). An outdoor riding and tournament ground was installed at the time near the Imperial Palace on land presently occupied by Josefsplatz.

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary festivities, an anniversary performance will be held on Heldenplatz at 7.00 pm on 26 June 2015 in front of the Office of the Federal President: The Royal Andalusian Riding School and its horses will be coming specially from Jerez to Vienna in order to give a very special presentation of classical riding art together with the Lipizzaners of the Spanish Riding School. The glittering Fête Impériale will then be held in the Imperial Palace. Another performance follows on 27 June 2015 at 7.00 pm. The general rehearsal starts at 7.00 pm on 25 June.

450 years of the Spanish Riding School

Dress rehearsal: 25 June 2015, 7.00 pm
Anniversary performance: 26 June 2015, 7.00 pm
Gala performance: 27 June 2015, 7.00 pm
Tickets priced from €25 to €250 can be purchased at

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