Royal Riding School - one of the last remaining and most beautiful city riding schools of Europe
Walking through the monumental entrance gate at the Vondelstraat gives you access to an unique building: the Royal Riding School, better known as "Hollandsche Manege".
It opened its doors in 1882 and is located next to the Vondelpark.
The high inside riding track with the balustrades and the beautiful decorations breath the grandness and allure of the old times. From the balcony, one has perfect views of equestrian arts and manoeuvres in action.
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna (Wiener Reitschule) inspired Van Gendt when he was commissioned to design the Amsterdam riding school. The building and interior have hardly changed in the course of the years. Nor has the gallery for the orchestra and the lovely foyer with its beautiful parquet floors.
A Dutch riding school already existed before 1882 on the Leidsegracht, not far from Leidseplein. In 1766 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) gave - then a 10-year-old musical prodigy - gave in a room above the stables a concert.
EntranceSince 2010, the visit of the building is no longer free. After paying an entrance fee visitors may enter the entire riding school (including its stables) and can watch a film about the Hollandsche Manege of approximately 10 minutes in the foyer. A drink is included in the entrance fee.
How to get there?By tram: 1 stop Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat; 3 or 12 stop Overtoom.
By car: nearest car park Byzantium
Recommended hotels in the immediate areaConservatorium Hotel ***** Van Baerlestraat 27 (Oud-Zuid)
Prinsen Hotel *** Vondelstraat 36-38 (Oud-West)
Hotel Abba * Overtoom 118-122 (Oud-West)
Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark (hostel) Zandpad 5 (Oud-West)
De Hollandsche ManegeVondelstraat 140
|€ 4||3-12 years|
Nearby sightsDe Hallen cultural and culinary centre in old tram depot
PC Hooftstraat elegant shopping street
Ten Kate Market bustling daily market
Vondelkerk fairy-tale church
Vondelpark largest city park