500 years of riding tradition in Achenkirch
The Posthotel Achenkirch was probably involved with horses as far back as the 15th century. The "Posthalterei zu Achenkirch" coaching inn provided shelter for postal nags, while coachmen and passengers got some "coaching inn food" … What dishes might Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria have consumed here in the coaching inn on 14 August 1881? Whatever it was, he set off the following day in his two-horse carriage complete with entourage and majestic horses ….
From a coaching inn to the Posthotel
The increase in prosperity came much later. The grandfather of the current hotel proprietor operated simple stagecoaches – and also had a stud farm with 20 Noriker horses, along with the old coaching inn.
For twenty years, these powerful working animals were driven out by the horsepower provided by the automobile. It was only in 1975 that senior manager Karl Reiter continued the tradition with the acquisition of 4 horses, before then establishing his Lipizzaner stud farm in 1989. This began what has since become the largest private stud farm in Europe.
Total bliss: a real passion for horses
And today? Of course it is no longer postal nags that gather at the drinking trough: they have been replaced by noble stallions in naturally lit stables. But apart from that you can really feel that the infatuation with horses has a primal feel to it at the Reiter stud farm. And, as before, the Reiter family is happy to share the joy that they get from these beautiful animals with you, their guests at the Posthotel Achenkirch ...