The Lipizzaner horses are one of Vienna's most well-known attractions. The horses are part of the Spanish riding school; begun by the Habsburg family to teach their lucky kids classic equestrian skills. The Habsburg family had branches in both Spain and Austria - thus the Spanish horses in Vienna. In fact a common vernacular phrase in German (es kommt mir Spanisch vor) hearkens back to the time when Austrians overheard visiting Habsburgers speaking in Spanish (which would have sounded extremely foreign to many Austrians at the time) and were unable to understand. The phrase can be translated as, "it's Spanish to me." It's analogous to the phrase, "it's all Greek to me."
Walking to Vievinum, I met the horses going into the arena for morning exercises.
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