Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.


Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight for many U.S. visitors to Vienna, symbolizes the friendship between Austria and the United States: the cloak and dagger “Operation Cowboy” rescue action of the horses by the U.S. Army in 1945.