Lipica Stud Farm has flourished tremendously since its conception over 400 years ago. Set amongst beautiful natural surroundings, it is not only home to more than 350 Lipizzaner horses, but also happens to be very rich in history. Founded by the Habsburg Archduke Charles II in 1580, Lipica has become one of the most prominent attractions in Slovenia. The main reason for the fame of the farm is the aforementioned Lipizzaner horse. These capable and distinguished horses are reputed for having an eagerness to learn, [articularly in the art of Dressage, which has naturally encouraged a large variety of activities and events.
The on-site Lipikum museum portrays the Lipizzaner through modern presentations, with both interactive displays and classical exhibits. The Stud Farm also offers an informative tour (available in English, Italian, German, Croatian, French and Slovene), where friendly guides will make sure you leave with no questions unanswered regarding Lipica’s most beloved beast. You can also take a carriage ride through Lipica's colourful and peaceful atmosphere of groomed grounds.
For those wanting to get a little more active, Lipica Stud Farm hosts a variety of invigorating horse riding programmes, as well as lessons for more advanced riders. If you ever imagined yourself as a brave knight of old, now is your chance to give it a try. Programs for families and children are on offer, where for a very reasonable price the little ones will learn the basics about horses as well as the correct way to treat them.
And last but not least, it would be folly not to mention the classical riding school, where the pride of the Lipica Stud Farm, the ‘cream of the crop’ we’ll say, perfect their trots, turns and other skills. These training sessions are open to spectators, and are part of a busy schedule of equestrian events throughout the year. May sees one of the highlights of this calendar, the Day of the Lipizzaner, which this year sees the farm celebrate its 435th anniversary.
To get to Lipica, travelling by car is by far the easiest. From Ljubljana, take the motorway to Koper and exit at Divača. From this exit, just follow the Lipica signs. The nearest bus and train stations to the farm can be found in Sežana some 5km away. The journey from Ljubljana to Sežana takes around an hour by car and two hours by train.