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Styria and the Lippizaner horses

Updated on November 25, 2015
Stud horses with the Piber castle in the background
Stud horses with the Piber castle in the background
Ernst Fuchs Moses fountain
Ernst Fuchs Moses fountain
Santa Barbara church (patron of miners) in Brnbach
Santa Barbara church (patron of miners) in Brnbach
Herb garden near Brnbach church, with over 200 herbs, teas and medicinal herbs.
Herb garden near Brnbach church, with over 200 herbs, teas and medicinal herbs.
Glass museum, Brnbach
Glass museum, Brnbach


Barely 35 mins from the city of Graz and its many attractions, is Lipizzaner country, with its green meadows, rolling hills and cute traditional villages. The area has much to offer the visitor in addition to horses. There is, for example, the town of Bärnbach, with its famous Hundertwasser St Barbara church (patron of miners), the adjoining Herb garden and Moses fountain. The Lipizzaner stud farm in Piber is the nursery for the world famous horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Nearby is also the Nova Spa, which will look after your body and your wellbeing, as well as the town of Voitsberg, with its elegant Rathaus.

The Nova Spa
The Nova Spa

The Nova Spa

All surrounded by the romantic hills of southwestern Styria and right next to the Piber Stud, the Nova Spa sets a new measure for wellness. It has modern architecture, with much light. It includes an indoor swimming and training pool, a tropical forest, a waterfall with a pebble beach and a mystical blue grotto for children.

Naturally, there are also jacuzzis and plunge pools, vitalizing and fitness treatments, as well as massages. A visit to the Nova Spa is sure to help you relax and further enjoy your visit in the Steiermark.

Some of the specialities include:

  • Aqua aerobics
  • Onpourings (salt, honey, yoghurt and more) in the Finnish sauna

Experience the Lipizzaner stud farm in Piber and relax in the NOVA Spa with a Combination Ticket (includes 1 entry to the stud farm (including tour) and 1 day pass to the NOVA spa for €18

The Voitsberg Town Hall
The Voitsberg Town Hall


Is a town in the Steiermark, with approximately 10,000 inhabitants and it is an important administrative, educational and economic centre for the area. Around 120m² of hand-painted tiles, portraing proverbs, were placed in mosaic form on the external walls of Voitsberg Town Hall by the artist Arik Brauer.

The Voitsberg Town Hall was built on the site of a previously existing medieval one and it is the core of the town, together with the market square and the medieval and baroque town houses, narrow lanes and the ruined castle of Obervoitsberg, which now serves as a venue for cultural events. Obervoitsberg was built in 1170, but most walls that can be seen now date back to the 14th and 15th century. There are remains of the old city walls on various spots - as well as a tower from the late 14th or early 15th century. Most of the city walls and gates were demolished in the mid-19th century, when mining brought a lot of money into the region.

Comment on video

The Miracle of the White Stallions is a film made by Walt Disney in 1963. It tells the true story of the Lipizzaner horsesand shows the area around the village of Piber in southwestern Styria. This is a series of 12 films, but I have chosen only to include the first, as it gets my point across.

Bärnbach, Styria, Austria

Bärnbach, Styria, Austria:
8572 Bärnbach, Austria

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