Since the late 16th Century, the world famous Spanish white horses, the Lipizzaners, had been bred from Lipizza in Slovenia. ... More
Since the late 16th Century, the world famous Spanish white horses, the Lipizzaners, had been bred from Lipizza in Slovenia. Nowadays, the permanent home of these splendid horses is in Piber, in the Austrian province of Styria. People who don't want to travel so far can take a look in the newly opened Lipizzaner Museum, situated in the former imperial pharmacy in the first district. The exhibition looks back at the history of the Lipizzans with paintings, drawings, photographs, engravings, riders' uniforms and video-clips, which illuminate the world of haute ecole. Through big glass windows, visitors can have a look at the horses' stables, and it is also possible to buy tickets for training sessions at the Riding School.
My sister and I (both horse nuts and former horse owners of advancing age) visited the museum after seeing a performance at the Spanish Riding Academy, where the Lipizzaners perform.
The museum is not that spectacular, although very interesting for those who know their tack and training methods.
The star attraction, though, is in the little video room in the basement, where you can watch the best Lipazzaner performances on film (as many times as you want to, if you're not in a hurry). These films are quite awesome.
If you love these horses, don't miss the stud farm at Piber (near Graz), where you can get up close and personal with the horses to an extent that would never be allowed in the U.S. for fear of theoretical liability.
If you search for Lipizzaner - Piber or stud farm Piber, you should find their excellent web site.
i have never been there but no its awesome because well i love horses and have 2 appaloosas. so ya.i no it would be an awesome place and since its only like a once in a life time deal in all like that.
I'm not sure why I thought this museum would be cool, but unless you *LOVE* lipizanners, I'd skip it. It's full of bridles and sadles and other horse stuff, and you only get a tiny glimpse of some very sedated horses at the end. Blah.
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