Lipizzan Training Centre 2019-03-05T16:40:48+00:00

Lipizzan Training Centre

Breed

Lipizzans were first mentioned in 1786 and are the oldest cultural horse breed in the world. The breed takes its name from a stud farm in Lipica, the Habsburg monarchy’s original horse breeding site. As foals, Lipizzans are dark in colour and only turn white between the ages of 4 and 9. They are elegant, medium-sized and athletic. They are characterised by their toughness and endurance. For over 300 years, care has been taken not to change this horse type through breeding. Lipizzans have always been classic saddle and carriage horses. With their eagerness and docility, Lipizzans are perfect for dressage.

Training centre

In the stables on the Heldenberg there are 81 boxes with adjoining rooms for accommodating the stallions. In 2010, adjacent to the 20 by 60 metre outdoor quad, a hall of equal size was built including a grandstand, so that the former summer stables became a fully functioning riding centre, which also serves as a training centre. So from 2010, the Heldenberg, alongside the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, has been the training centre for young stallions. Here, horses are trained in the famous Haute Ecole of classical dressage. Stallions are trained in the classical dressage tradition, gently and without pressure. It takes an average of 6 years for a horse to complete their training and become a school stallion.

If a Lipizzan is able to master the School Quadrille, then it is ready to be a part of the Spanish Riding School performance. But even the stallions that have finished their training and have been moved to the performance area are brought onto the Heldenberg two to three times a year, to offer them a change of scenery, a lot of fresh air and natural freedom of movement. Due to the large number of boxes, at least two wings in the extensive stables are empty during the off-peak season.

As a result, international riders can come to the Heldenberg to learn about the Haute Ecole of classical dressage. We offer theory lessons, riding lessons for those with their own horses, seminars for professional riders and dressage judges, seminars with international experts and further training for grooms.

Summer stables

The Heldenberg also serves as a place for the Lipizzans to recover from the exertions of their training and performances. Therefore, the horses can be seen relaxing and running freely in the open air.

Visitors

Stories about the Lipizzaner horses, the visit to the stables, the Lipizzaner horses in the paddocks in the outdoor area, film and video presentations, Lipizzaner of different generations – everything about the surely most famous horses in the world makes the “The Lipizzaner at the Heldenberg” program an impressive experience not only for horse enthusiasts but for everyone. The Lipizzaner horses can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Here you will find more information about the guided tours.

Carriage exhibition in the Lipizzaner Training Center

The Heldenberg will present another exhibition starting in April 2018 at the Lipizzaner Training Center. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit a carriage exhibition as part of the guided tour. Exhibits are on display from the 18th and 19th century.

Lipizzaner Gala at the Heldenberg

Every year, “White Ballet” of the Spanish Riding School is presented at the Lipizzaner Gala at the Heldenberg. The tickets for this event are highly sought after and usually sell out quickly, so it’s definitely worthwhile to check here often!

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Lipizzans (single ticket)

Adults€ 9,50
Groups / Senior citizens€ 8,50
Youths / Students / People with disabilities / Austrian military recruits€ 6,00
Children up to 5 years of agefree of charge
Children up to 14 years of age / school groups€ 4,00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)€ 20,00

Combine this highlight with another point of interest, or take advantage of our guided tours. Find more details on our website under admission charges.

  • April and October:
    Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • November – March:
    Lipizzaner & Koller’s Vintage Cars – Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • Pre-arranged tours for groups of 20 or more at different times also possible

The famous white horses of the Spanish Riding School are trained in the famous Haute Ecole of classical dressage and their riding performances in Vienna. But once the stallions have finished their training and have been moved to the performance area they are brought onto the Heldenberg two to three times a year, to offer them a change of scenery and natural freedom of movement. A guided tour will take visitors through the history of the white Lipizzans.

  • Guided tour through stables and tack rooms
  • Lecture on the eldest cultural horse breed of the world
  • Naming and training of young stallions
  • Lipizzaner verschiedener Jahrgänge, bis zu 30 Pferde in den Stallungen
  • Lipizzans of various ages, up to 30 horses in the stables
  • film presentation
  • Training of young stallions
  • Adventure path

NEW:
 Carriage exhibition in the Lipizzan Training Centre Heldenberg!


The Heldenberg will present a new exhibition in the Lipizzan Training Centre, starting on 18th of April 2018. Visitors have the opportunity to see the carriage exhibition, showing exhibits from the 18th and 19th century.

Duration of the guided tour: approx. 45 min.
Group charge € 8,50 / person

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Program

The famous white horses of the Spanish Riding School are trained in the famous Haute Ecole of classical dressage and their riding performances in Vienna. But once the stallions have finished their training and have been moved to the performance area they are brought onto the Heldenberg two to three times a year, to offer them a change of scenery and natural freedom of movement. A guided tour will take visitors through the history of the white Lipizzans.

  • Guided tour through stables and tack rooms
  • Lecture on the eldest cultural horse breed of the world
  • Naming and training of young stallions
  • Lipizzaner verschiedener Jahrgänge, bis zu 30 Pferde in den Stallungen
  • Lipizzans of various ages, up to 30 horses in the stables
  • film presentation
  • Training of young stallions
  • Adventure path

Duration of the guided tour: approx. 45 min.


Group charge € 4,– / student

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Parking spaces

There are parking spaces for disabled persons right next to the entrance area. Our signs will show you the way.

For persons with special needs, there is a reduced admission price upon presentation of proof of eligibility. Accompanying persons are admitted free of charge if they are registered on the card or proof of eligibility.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities are located near both cashiers.

Getting around within the excursion destination

From the handicapped Parking at the main cash desk, you can reach the cashier area via a ramp, where you can access the Classic Car Museum on the same level without any barriers.

The Cafe Heldenberg and the English Garden are accessible from this level via an elevator. The paths in the English Garden are nature trails and easily accessible except for the Schneckenberg.

The path to the Lipizzaner stables is difficult for people with limited mobility and wheelchairs. For this reason, we ask you to inform our staff. You can drive directly to the stables after consultation and our staff will pick you up there and accompany you to the meeting point for the tours.

The Radetzky Memorial is accessible except for the crypt. For the park, there is a barrier-free entrance. Please contact our staff. Access to the Neolithic village and Aigner’s Falkenhof consists exclusively of nature paths, which could present an obstacle for a visit. Visiting these two attractions is possible only with assistance, as the way leads up over a rising terrain.