Lipizzaners in Slovenia

Noble and strong, the breed of horse known as the Lipizzaner has always captured the imagination. Lined with lime trees planted throughout its 450-year history, each summer the picturesque Lipica attracts horse lovers, families and novices eager to learn more about this fabled horse. Daily dressage shows demonstrate the horse’s abilities, while visitors can also take Classical-riding lessons, carriage rides, visit an interactive museum, or simply stroll in the lush meadows among herds of these unicorn-like white horses.

Length of Trip : 2-3 days, as part of a week-long trip to Slovenia.

Cost :
Entrance to Lipica (including guided tours and access to museums): Adults 16€, Kids 8€.
Entrance + Classical Riding Presentation: Adults 23€, Kids 12€.
Carriage Rides: From 20€ for 4 people, 15 minutes.
90 Minute Trail Riding: 61€ per person, including admission.
7-day riding program: 382€ per person, including admission.
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Best time to go : June to September

Wheelchair friendly : Contact operator to make arrangements

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
In Lipica: Lipica Hotel Restaurant
In Ljubljana: Gostilna Dela (Poljanska 7)
In Trieste: Buffet da Pepi (Austro-Hungarian)

Official Site :
Lipica

Where to Stay :
In Lipica: Hotel Maetoso
In Ljubljana: Sheraton Four Points
In Trieste, Italy: Hotel Roma

Getting There :
Lipica is located an hour and a half drive from the capital of Ljubljana, although is also easily accessible through Trieste in Italy, which is a half hour’s drive away.

Note from Robin :
It was Walt Disney who is credited as truly introducing the Lipizzaner to the mainstream public. A Disney film in the 1960’s called The Miracle of the White Horses retold the thrilling story of how Lipizzaners were rescued from certain extinction during World War II. A daring mission authorized by an avid horse rider named General Patton sent troops behind enemy lines to rescue the Lipizzaners, who were facing certain slaughter for their meat. Only 250 horses survived the war, but today Lipizzaner schools and stud farms can be found as far away as the United States, Australia and South Africa.

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