The most ancient ball room in Vienna
The Spanish Riding School and the unique Viennese ball tradition.
Since 1565, the Spanish Riding School has been the centre of the High School of Classical Horsemanship. However, the world’s most beautiful riding hall, the Winter Riding School, was not only used for horsemanship, it has been the backdrop for many court festivities. Maria Theresia’s “Ladies Carrousels” were held here just like many masquerade balls. Therefore, the Winter Riding School is the oldest still exisiting ball room in Vienna! The Stallburg adjacent to the Spanish Riding School is also considered an architectural gem.
The Renaissance building was already used as an imperial court stable in 1565. Since the Congress of Vienna in the early 19th century, balls have become a fixture in Vienna’s social calendar. Traditionally, balls take place during the carnival season in Austria. But the tradition of summer balls, which already has been held high by empress Maria Theresia, could be revived with the Fête Impériale: So for the seventh time in a row, it will be the summer’s most magnificent event in 2016.