Celebrating 450 years of equestrian perfection – This year Vienna’s Spanish Riding School celebrates its 450th anniversary with additional spellbinding performances. The Spanish Riding School is the oldest riding academy in the world, and there couldn’t be a more spectacular setting for the performances than the baroque hall in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna’s elegant first district. Considered the epitome of the high school of classical horsemanship, the Spanish Riding School has become a global icon of Austrian culture. When the world-famous white Lippizaner stallions enter the arena, the audience falls silent and a magical journey begins.