Spanish Riding School of Vienna Celebrates its 450th Anniversary

More+Events ♦ Published: June 2, 2015; 17:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg. This year the school is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its first written mention with gala performances on Heldenplatz.

450 years of the Spanish Riding School / Picture: © Wikipedia / Bede735

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…