More than 450 years ago the famous Spanish Riding School, today known as the white ballet of horses, was founded and can still be seen as part of the UNESCO world heritage in the heart of the city. Not only for the Habsburgs animals had great representative importance, they played a major role in the everyday live of the inhabitants of Vienna as well. Still today Vienna has a special relationship to its companion, working and wild animals. Our guide Elisabeth Reinbacher, a passionate vet, will guide you in a two-hours tour through the historic inner city of Vienna full of exciting, sad and beautiful stories about animals and their influence of the social, politic and private live of people, that live(d) in Vienna.
- The Habsburgs and their animals
- The Spanish Riding School
- Exotic and mythological animals
- Animals in present day Vienna
- The University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna
And much much more!
Why this tour?
Animals always accompanied people as working and leisure companions. Find out, how the relationship between humans and animals changed and how important animals for us humans were and still are.
Tour time: Please check the full schedule to see the tour’s availability.
Duration: The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Guide: One of our awesome guides is looking forward to meeting you. See our full team of guides here.
Children: This tour is mostly for adults but children with particular interest in animals can also join and enjoy it.
Accessibility: This tour is wheelchair accessible.
What to wear: Comfortable shoes! Also, always check the weather forecast in advance to make sure you are dressed properly.
Minimum number of participants: The tour takes place if at least 5 people are registered. In case there aren’t enough participants, the tour will get cancelled and a full refund will be issued to those who paid.
Cancellation policy: You can cancel your booking up to 48 hours in advance. No refund will be given to those who cancel less than 48 hours before the tour. Certain exceptions apply such as emergency situations. Please note, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance too. We will do so if our guide is unavailable due to a sudden change or if we do not have the minimum number of participants required for the tour.
Pictures and videos: Please be aware that photos and videos may be taken during the tour. If you don’t want to appear in any Secret Vienna promotional pictures, please let us know by sending us a message.
Copyrights: The content of the tour is the result of the hard work done by our team of licensed guides. Recording the tour or taking pictures of artefacts and material used by the guide is strictly forbidden.