(We were here the beginning of July, perfect timing to see the foals.) The Stud Farm is located in a beautiful area of Styria with rolling green hills and valleys and picturesque villages. We really enjoyed our horsey experience at Piber—seeing and hearing the vocal stallions as well as the mares and adorable foals. It was nice to be allowed to touch them—if they come up to you at the fence—which they did as they are very friendly. We didn't do a tour, but just wandered at our own pace—there are information boards through most of the facility in both German and English.
We had a car and stayed about a 5 to 10 minute drive away at the very nice Sporthotel Glockenhof (see review) in Barnbach which is also home to the funky Church of St Barbara—bold Hundertwasser architecture.
We booked the evening "Young Lads" Mountain Tour. It was very interesting to see the "young lads" interacting with each other! Please note, though, we were given a map with directions to the alpine pastures only in German—the GPS coordinates helped, however it was confusing once you get close to the coordinates. There were no cars in Parking Lot #1 as per instructions, but there were cars parked on the side of the road across from the gate with the sign (photo of the sign on the instructions). Look for the sign on the fence on the right! Once you park, you have to go through the gate and walk up a gravel driveway to the barn about a 10 minute walk (possibly past cows loose in the fields or even on the gravel road you are walking on)...we missed most of our time up on the pastures due to not understanding the sheet with the directions. Allow lots of time to get there—I suggest 45 to 50 minutes!! Even though we had trouble with the German directions and the caretakers of the young stallions only speak German (a tiny bit of English, maybe) we still enjoyed the experience of seeing the frisky young horses just being horses!
We continued our Lipizzaner experience later in the month in Vienna at the Spanish Riding School where we loved the summer show "Piber Meets Vienna". (See review)
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