The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is a 453-year-old institution. It has survived several wars, including the two World Wars, and the change from monarchy to republic. Rich in tradition and full of expertise, the performances and tours, as well as the morning exercise featuring the trademark Lipizzan horses, are a magnet for inter- national riding enthusiasts and aesthetes alike. “It is the combination of architecture, music and the art of riding that is so fascinating for the audience from all over the world,” general director Elisabeth Gürtler explains. Two major events at the SRS will draw the crowds this summer: The Fête Impériale on 29 June and the ‘Piber Meets Vienna’ programme starting on 3 July.