Lipica is a village in the Littoral region of Slovenia, close to the border with Italy Slovenia’s Karst region and it is known for the Lipica Stud Farm, the origin of the Lipizzan horse.
The Lipizzan breed as known today was fully developed in the time of Maria Theresa of Austria, whose husband was greatly interested in horse-breeding. During the Napoleonic wars and after an earthquake the stud farm was moved several times.
In the 1960s, Lipica was opened to tourists and new development began. In 1996, Lipica became a public institution that is owned by the Republic of Slovenia and has made significant progress since then. Today the Lipica Stud Farm is fully functional and breeds the finest horses for haute-école riding.
The stud farm now also includes accommodation and you can stay onsite at Hotel Maestoso. The hotel has a leisure complex with a golf course. On the stud there is also the Lipikum Museum dedicated to various aspects of the stud and the Lipizzan breed, including guided tours of the stud farm.
A visit to the stud farm is a special experience. Get to know the history of the stud farm all the way from its foundation until today. Find out everything you wanted to know about Lipica and the Lipizzan horse. Make friends with them, and with their dark foals.
Entrance to the stud farm allows you an unlimited stay at Lipica Stud Farm, during opening hours.
Admission to the Lipica Stud Farm includes:
- A Guided or independent tour
- Unlimited access to the grounds during opening hours
- Visit to the oldest stable – Velbanca where representatives of all the classical lines of Lipizzaner stallions can be seen
- Visit to the Lipikum Museum, Museum of the carriages and to the Avgust Cernigoj Art Gallery
- Access to the Historical centre with the Manor and Karst House
- Access to the Valley of our Lady of Lourdes and the Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua
- Access to the pastures, tree avenues, park sand walking trackss (about 5 kms)
- Access to other natural and historic highlights of Lipica
The Lipica Horse stud farm can be visited on a guided tours. The interesting, informative tours are available in a number of languages; a tour covers the farm’s unique heritage and the breeding of the horses, and visits the pastures and stables. It ends at the very good, hands-on museum called Lipikum (entrance included in tour). A highlight is the performance of these elegant horses as they go through their complicated paces, pirouetting and dancing to Viennese waltzes with riders en costume.
A Tale of Lipica Show
Many centuries ago, a story of love, pride, and beauty began at the green Lipica estate. This new show of the Lipica Classical Riding School narrates the story of the exceptional stud farm heritage, the white Lipizzan horse, and its connection to the rider.
Experience the elegance of these white horses and listen to the universal language of beauty. Let A Tale of Lipica impress you as it has impressed many visitors.
APRIL: Every Sunday at 15:00 pm
MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER: Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 15:00 pm
JULY, AUGUST: Every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 pm
We recommend that you check the website or call to confirm times, rather than arrive and be disappointed. In April and October there are a reduced number of performances and training sessions; from November to March there are none.
Horse-drawn carriage jaunts around the estate might appeal. You can still take a tour in winter, but there are fewer horses around. Avoid visiting on Mondays, when there are no performances, training sessions or carriage rides.
Getting there: https://www.lipica.org/en/how-to-get-here