Witness a tradition carried on for over four centuries in a grand hall of massive chandeliers at the Spanish Riding School near the Hofburg Palace in downtown Vienna. At the oldest riding school in the world (finished in 1735) Lipizzaner horses move gracefully to classical music as riders dressed in Empire style uniforms direct them. Salute the massive portrait of the founder, Emperor Charles VI, with the riders before you attend a rehearsal or a performance. Whether it is the unsure young black Lipizzaners in training, or the refined older white ones, their moves are sure to wow. Just remember to keep your camera put away as flash photography tends to unnerve these mighty and high-strung creatures.
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