Vienna is full of gorgeous horses, in the flesh and depicted in stunning classical statues all over the city.
There are the famous Lipizzaner stallions housed in the equally famous Spanish Riding School.
And there are beautiful carriage horses working all over the magical city.
The Lipizzaner stallions are one of the oldest breeds in Europe.
I viewed them several times not performing but during their morning exercise.
I prefer seeing horses more naturally.
The stallions are brought to Vienna when they are four year olds and are then trained in classical dressage.
There are only 3,000 Lipizzaner’s registered worldwide.
Vienna is an incredibly beautiful city and horse lovers will find much to admire in addition to the incomparable art, architecture, history, music and culture. And please don’t forget the Viennese pastry! I certainly cannot. I would like to be beamed there right now for some delectable pastry mit schlag (with whipping cream), thank you very much!
Cheers to you from the horse (and schlag) loving Holler!
124 thoughts on “Vienna: The City of Ethereal Horses~”
They are lovely horses,Cindy.
So glad you think so ma deah! Cheers to you~
So Powerfully Elegant! Thank you for sharing! Madeleine
Thank you for stopping by and appreciating them! Cheers to you~
I Love horses. I rode them during most of my childhood and adolescense. One of my favorite animals! May you your year be filled with love and peace. Madeleine
I have seen the Lipizzaners perform twice; once when I was a little girl and once as an adult. Both times with my mom, and I BEGGED her both times to buy me one. Didn’t work either time. They are just perfection. As are these photos!
Mom’s can be so unrreasonable! Laughing….They are just amazingly beautiful creatures aren’t they. So glad you love them too~
These horses are really beautiful and you took very flattering shots of them. Just one question: how come there’s no picture of a pastry with schlag? 🙂
Oooooh you smart one you!! Of course I took photos of the pastry mit schlag……..you must know me!!! Laughing. I couldn’t resist of course and now I look at the photos and lust after them. I should of course do a post on Vienese pastries…….thanks for the brilliant idea!!
I am salivating already…
Me too! 🙂
Yea, please do!
What gorgeous magnificent horses! I would love to see them and try the pastries too! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Hugz back to you two and I hope you do visit and try the pastries! You cannot have just one….
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Thank you for posting this. Beautiful creatures!
You are a treasure and your blog makes a difference. Thank you my friend~
These white horses look majestic. They also remind me of the Mr. Ed the old TV series.
Viennese pastry — that sounds good. I hope it is not too expensive to get a round trip “beamed” ticket to Vienna.
It probably will be, but let’s do it anyway, is this a good time for you? Let’s go………
I wish 🙂
Your photos of these magnificent animals just takes my breath away. They’re so gorgeous.
Like magical horses, I know……..
Magnificent horses, and so well photographed, Cindy. 🙂
I am just glad you like them! Thank you my friend~
Ms Cindy, these pictures are very pretty, thank you for posting them.
The thanks go to you for appreciating them. It makes blogging so worthwhile!
Looks like you’re on a roll, Cindy. Horses…, and more horses…, and I love it !!! Had planned a trip to Vienna the year I had my transplant, but guess which took precedence? Still a dream in progress though. The Lippizanners are gorgeous…, so white, so beautiful. G’nite, Cuz.
G’nite sweet cousin and sweet dreams. So very grateful you had that transplant. So very grateful I have gotten to know you~
That goes both ways, Cindy. Hugs!
I love them, so majestic and graceful. The true spirit of freedom in my eyes 🙂
Yes they do represent strength and freedom don’t they. Hadn’t though of it this way before but it is very true!
Just the way they run and constantly compete with one another 🙂
I am in complete accordance! Thank you~
I can’t tell if I prefer the statues or the real thing. Lovely photos as always, Cindy.
Yes and the statues are all over the city! Simply gorgeous!
Extraordinary captures, Cindy!! Elegance and grace in each step…
How perfectly stated Rebecca! Danke schoen!
Oh, I’ve always wanted to see these, and now I feel like I was there. Glorious photos, amazing horses. And I’m looking forward to the pastry post. 🙂
Me too…..but not as much as I enjoyed eating the pastries!!!
Someday, I hope to go to Vienna. Someday… but I do love being a mommy. 🙂
Oh I loved it too!!! The best thing in the world is being a mom for mom’s who like it. Maybe wait until your children are old enough to go with you!
So glad you think so!
I saw these horses perform as a child – quite a few decades ago. There is actually a horse farm in NW Illinois which houses some of these horses.
Oh how remarkable and how interesting it would be to visit this farm!!!
Beautiful photos! I recently saw a PBS documentary about the Lipizzaner stallions. It seems they have a nice life. I hope so.
I had to research this a lot before I posted to try to ascertain whether the training is humane. It sounds from available materials on the internet that it is. Plus Austria is a major horse loving country, so I hope we can be assured they do have good lives. Thank you for caring~
These horses, the photos of them take my breath away. From the bottom of my heart thank you for sharing beauty in every essence of the word.
For you, I couldn’t be happier! And I am not surprised that you are moved by them. You are that kind of person. Thank you~
Stunning photos, beautiful horses – got me into Vienna for a moment or two, I do love that city 😀
Oh yes, beauty at every turn!
That is one city that I would like to live in, that’s for sure
You certainly would never be bored!
They truly are & I am so glad you think so too!
Grace and Elegance!! Gorgeous pictures !!
Wonderful, generous, giving, loyal horses and beauty too! Whats not to love!
You are absolutely right!:)
I’m loving this series on horses around the world.
I knew you would and it makes me happy!
Aren’t they magnificent!
They certainly are and I am glad you see it!
I loved the Lipizzaners in Vienna! Hope you get time to visit the opera and have a Sacher torte!
I did have the Sacher torte and then I cheated and had one again in Salzburg! You can’t have just one!!! Laughing……
They are so beautiful and your pictures do them justice Cindy. I was in Vienna via work once but the Spanish Riding School was closed. So, I must return. I did see the Lipizzaners here at our Virginia Horse Center. They seem to have yearly shows of the dressage maneuvers of these fabulous creatures. Thanks for sharing. Vienna is back on my bucket list.
Oh yes you would fall in love with Vienna and Salzburg too! I hope you go soon! You defintely live in premiere American horse country. I would love to visit Lexington!
So Cindy, I can see you have moved from the horses of Patagonia to the horses of Vienna and entered the horsy phase of your blog. 🙂 They are beautiful animals, I admit. Were you one of the girls that fell in love with horses before you recognized the existence of boys. (grin) –Curt
Absolutely!! I did a post on this! It took a lot of hormones to change this! Laughing……..
Fabulous photos! I once went to Vienna for the Christmas market and had a wonderful time. There was snow and with the magical lights everywhere it was really beautiful. I stayed in the Hotel Stephanie which was amazing.
Look up two comments and meet Dor from Lexington VA. True American horse paradise. I have visited twice but it must be magical over Christmas!
Indeed it is and I will read those comments!
The horses are magnificent but I like the wild horses myself. Freedom is important to me and when they free and wild, I can be one of them. I don’t like being held captive, no matter how cushy the accommodations.
Yes! It is quite a difference isn’t it? A free animal in charge of it’s destiny versus one under human control. This is why I get thrilled out of my gourd when I see wild animals. I am not at all surprised that you feel this way and I respect you greatly for it! Of course, I respect you greatly for many things……
Wow! While we are on the subject of horses! 😀
Yes, we’re off the the Caribbean now……I wonder if I will see horses??? If wishes were horses I wlll! Hugz to you Fae~
Smart and beautiful Cindy. I also love these horses.
Yep, I now you are a fellow horse lover Eunice ma deah! Cheers to you my friend~
🙂 Have a great week!
Gorgeous horses, and your pictures of them are perfect! Even the statues of the horses are beautiful (although I still blush when I see statues of a guy with his junk showing, but that’s just the leftover juvenile side of me I guess). I hope those magnificent horses are treated well and loved — they are truly beautiful!
Aren’t they gorgeous creatures! So glad you enjoyed them & cheers to you Becky!
So beautiful! I’d love to see these horses one day.
I hope you do!! You won’t regret it and…..then you can write about it!!
I had the pleasure of visiting the Spanish Riding School many years ago. The horest are magical, aren’t they? I remember the incredible ability of this regal creatures to prance around the arena with barely the sound of a hoof in the dirt. Absolutely incredible! Your pictures are wonderful! Cher
I am so glad you got to see them in the flesh! They are simply remarkable. Cheers & thanks!
These are beautiful creatures–you got some great shots.
They are magnificent aren’t they! So glad you concur & cheers to you~
Danke dir lieb für deinen Besuch wunderschöne Bilder.Lieber Gruß und einen schönen Tag.Freundschaft Gislinde
Vielen Dank fur Ihre Freundlichkeit und Freundschaft Gislinde!
I am getting one of those.. a black beauty with a studded diamond. I love with these!
Oooooh…..please post a photo!
When the baby arriveth I certainly will!
Looking forward to it~~~
Your pictures are incredible. It looks as though I could reach in and touch the horses!
Oh I wish you could!! Merci beaucoup!
I really love horses and always wanted to have one! But….
Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos, dear Cindy❤️
Thank you my friend for your very kind words!
Stunning post, just gorgeous! I’m pinning that first shot and 1more.
Beautiful. Vienna is one of my favorite cities.
You have wonderful taste! Cheers to you~
Amazing horses and beautiful shots 🙂
grazi ma deah and cheers to you from puerto Rico!
Beautiful creatures, aren’t they, Cindy? I would love to see them in action. 🙂
remarkable I agree~ Cheers to you!
Wonderful horses … besides, Vienna is a city I’ve always wanted to visit.
Oh I hope you do……soon!
We weren’t able to get here when we were in Europe but I would enjoy all the rich culture. I also prefer to see horses in their natural setting.
Nothing more beautiful than an animal in it’s natural state….I hope you get to Vienna on your next trip!
The Lipizzaners are just stunning.
They are stunning, I agree!
So beautiful they are! 🙂
Thank you ! 🙂
Lovely pictures on these magnificent creatures!
So happy you think so! Cheers to you~
Hi, Cindy! I’m glad to have discovered your blog. Your description of where you live, your “holler”, really caught my attention and sounds kinda far out. lol. I saw the Lippizanas in Vienna when I was there with my mom quite a few years ago- gorgeous! Although I do love what you say about seeing horses in their more natural state. Anyway, thanks for your “like” and stopping by The Song Mistress. :))
Well I greatly appreciate your kind and thoughtful words and your creative blog! Cheers to you~
Cindy, Vienna, is so beautiful!!!!. All of those classical statues all over the city makes city so beautiful. We have been their in spring for singing concerts. We did see some of the Mr. Don Giovanni, Opera by W. A. Mozart’s Opera’ in Vienna.
The Vienna Opera House is quite remarkable isn’t it and I share your love of the city. My husband is a devoted lifelong opera lover and Don Giovanni is perfect to see in Vienna. We visited Mozart’s childhood home in Salzburg which I highly recommend!
Thanks for telling me. It is good to know Cindy you and your husband love Opera. Me and my husband love Vienna Opera House it is so beautiful. We also visited in spring to Salzburg for our kids singing concert their. We love Sound of Music movie, kids love and me and my husband also like to see the place in Salzburg. So we took the tour for,”The Sound of Music”.
It is so amazing to know about Vienna, and Salzburg. We had Europe tour this Spring. We liked it so much. 🙂
What a wonderful experience to share with your family. It must have been incredible to watch your children sing in Salzburg, and “The Sound of Music,” tour sounds delightful. This is such a beautiful part of the world. Cheers to you and your family~
Thank you so much for the sweet comment. Have a nice day.:)
You too. Be well. And I am super impressed with what you do.
Thank you so much. So nice of you. Have a great week ahead.:)