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The Horses are Plentiful in Vienna!

When we visited Vienna we saw many horses, both real life ones and statues.    The famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna is where you will find Lipizzaner horses, which were bred exclusively by the Hapsburg monarchy for use during times of war and peace, from the end of the 16th century.   These horses are white, and are very light on their feet, and nowadays usually used for dressage events and concerts.

You can watch a video of these horses in action here

There are also some horses and carriages on the streets of Vienna, mainly to bring tourists around the Hofburg Complex, where you will find the former Imperial apartments, the Austrian National Library, The Riding School, and the President of Austria’s Offices, and the offices of many other organisations.

Driving through the entrance to the Hofburg Palace

                           Driving through the entrance to the Hofburg Palace

In the gardens in and around the Palace are several statues of men on horseback, commemorating the great and the good of Austria

IMG_6337Another one, preparing to go to battle


And more horses and carriages showing people the many sights.


We also visited Schonbrunn, the summer residence of the Imperial family (sadly they were not at home!) and saw more horses, this time in the Neptune Fountain.    You will notice that these horses and riders, which were sculpted in 1780, all have webbed feet in keeping with Neptune and the Sea.  I did notice that the riders weren’t wearing any clothes, I suppose this was because of being in the water!

Schoenbrunn Palace

                                                                    Neptune’s Fountain

Neptune's Fountain, Schoenbrunn Palace

There were so many interesting places in Vienna, it’s impossible to fit everything into one post, so I will get some more photos together and let you see some wonderful buildings.    I very much enjoyed seeing the famous Klimt paintings in the Belvedere Museum, but unfortunately no photos were allowed – I did take out my camera at one stage, but the very observant security guard wagged his finger at me, so I thought it was better not to be too brave and break the rules!!


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