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Piber Castle
Home of great horses.
Piber Lipizzan Stud Farm
In the rolling hills of western Styria lies the idyllic village of Piber. Surrounded by lush meadows and green forests, Piber Castle provides a fantastic backdrop for the home of Europe's oldest cultivated horse breed .

Opening hours (from August 1st, 2020)

Stud and Shop
Monday and Tuesday - 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guided visits to the stud (duration approx. 1 hour):
Monday and Tuesday - 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday - 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Children's tour for 4 to 10 year olds (duration approx. 35 minutes)
Every day at 2:45 p.m.

Alp tour on the "Stubalm" (duration approx. 1 hour)
Wednesday to Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
During the winter season (beginning of November to the end of March), opening hours and prices change.

Entrance fees and daily program can be found on our homepage:

Neapolitano's children's adventure path
Here you can find answers to interesting questions about the little stallion Neopolitano at 13 stations. Ride on the hobbyhorse!
Duration approx. 40 min., Price: with a valid entrance ticket: €3.00, without an entrance ticket: €4.50

Additional offers:
Successful breed for 200 years
As the only federally-owned stud in Austria, the Lipizzan stud is dedicated to breeding the Lipizzaner stallions that perform in the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
Already around 1100,  Piber was mentioned for the first time and until 1786 the Piber estate was a domain of the venerable St. Lambrecht Benedictine Abbey in upper Styria. It was the St. Lambrecht abbots who build the splendid early Baroque Piber Castle with its beautiful arcaded courtyard.

In 1786 by decree of Emperor Joseph II, St, Lambrecht Abbey was secularized, so the Piber domain, along with the castle, then became the property of the crown.  Twelve years later, in 1798, its present function as a state stude began.  So for over 200 years horses have been very successfully bred here.

In 1920,  the very valuable Lipizzan herd of the old imperial court stud, which had remained in Austria after thecollapse of the Habsburg Monarchy,  was transferred to Piber. The breeding of Lippizans in Piber builds on the tradition of the former imperial farm stud in Lipica, Slovenia, and continues to pursue the original goal - to breed the very best Lipizzaner stallions, which then are sent to Vienna to be trained at the Spanish Riding School.

Worth a visit 365 days a year
During tours of the breeding facilities, on carriage rides or visits to the alpine pastures where the young stallions go "on vacation", the "imperial gray horses" can be admired in all their facets. In the smithy,  you can look over our blacksmith's shoulder, and in the museum you will learn everything about the history of our Lipizzans. For children, the practice area, the children's adventure trail and the adventure playground are a great attraction. Also experience our foals, who spend their first months at the side of their mothers. So come and let the knowledge about the white horses be conveyed to you in a very entertaining way!

Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hot meals, ice cream specialties, menus for bus groups, sun terrace;

Reservations: +43 3144 3323-170
Contact & Info
Spanish Riding School- Piber Lipizzan Stud Farm GöR
A-8580 Köflach, Piber 1
Phone: +43 3144 3323-105
Piber Castle (Styria)
Burgenland Stiftung
Thermenland Vulkanland
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