Welcome to Lipica, Slovenia.
As the birthplace of the famous Lippanzer breed,
Lipica is heaven for horselovers the world over and a beautiful place for a peaceful, relaxing break from the stresses of everyday life.
The Lipica Estate is a cultural and historical monument to the Slovene people and you too will fall under its spell as Lipica draws you in and leaves an unforgettable 'hoofprint' in your hearts.
Come and enjoy the hospitality, the history, the Karst landscape and of course, the astonishing beauty of the Lippanzer. Contact us now to discuss the endless vacation possibilities and once again, welcome to Lipica!
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Why come to Lipica?
Lipica is a haven for horse lovers. Enthusiasts can arrange expert riding lessons, take a trail ride or engage in other
equine activities on offer. Lipica offers complete holiday
packages for anyone wishing to stay for more than a few days.
There is a great hotel on site, offering comfort and relaxation plus offering many facilities for guests. (See below for details).
Lipica also makes an ideal central base for exciting day trips. The coastal towns of Koper, Piran and Izola are nearby. Sample some Italian flair with Trieste and Italy only minutes away. The famous caves of Postojna and Skocjan are also nearby. In fact, the rest of Slovenia is still within easy reach and even Croatia too.
Where is Lipica and how do I get there?
Lipica is located in south-western Slovenia in the famous Karst or Kras region.
Lipica is not served by public transport so is ideally suited for those who have their own vehicle or for those who can arrange transport to Lipica.
By Taxi/Transfer: To reach Lipica directly from all major locations including Trieste, The Coast, Ljubljana and Bled, we recommend you email us and we will source a quote for you.
By Car: From the main freeway linking Ljubljana with the Coast (A1), take the exit at Divaca and follow the signs. From Italy, drive via Sezana or through Basovizza.
Times and Admission Prices
Stud Farm Tour
JAN - 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500
FEB - 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500
MAR - 1000, 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600
APR - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
MAY - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
JUN - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
JUL - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
AUG - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
SEP - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
OCT - 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
NOV - 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500
DEC - 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500
CHILDREN (5-15): 6€
INFANTS (0-4): FREE
** 1600 tour in MAR and 1800 tour in APR,MAY,JUN and OCT only on SAT,SUN and Holidays
** 1500 tour on days of performance will not take place.
NOV-MAR tours conducted in either Slovene or English
APR-OCT tours conducted in either Slovene, English, Italian and German
French also available by prior request.
APRIL to OCTOBER
Daily except MONDAY
CHILDREN (5-15): 7€
INFANTS (0-4): FREE
Ticket includes guided farm tour
APRIL every SUN 1500
MAY - SEPT every TUE,FRI,SUN 1500
OCT every SUN 1500
also MAR31, APR12, MAY1, AUG15, OCT4, DEC30
CHILDREN (5-15): 9.50€
INFANTS (0-4): FREE
Ticket includes guided farm tour
APR - OCT21
Every day except MON 1000-1400 and 1600-1800
NOV - MAR
Sat, Sun, Holidays 1100-1500
60mins - 40€
30mins - 20€
15mins - 14€
APR - NOV
Every day except MON 1000-1300 and 1500-1800
NOV - MAR
Sat, Sun, Holidays 1100-1300 and 1330-1500
15mins - 10€
For children 3-8 years old up to 35kg.
Hotel Accommodation at Lipica
Let the staff at the comfortable and relaxing Hotel Maestoso look after you as you enjoy the many holiday packages on offer at Lipica.
The Hotel was named after a famous line of Lippanzzers and offers many on site facilities and entertainment options as listed below.
Lipica is set in the beautiful Karst region with natural surroundings making for a peaceful, relaxing holiday. Book now!
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HOTEL MAESTOSO BOOKING FORM
59 Rooms (11 singles, 41 doubles, 7 suites) = 107 beds
All rooms have either bath or shower.
Some rooms offer balcony.
Rates include rich buffet breakfast
Free Parking and use of Wi-Fi
Public Computer with Internet
Grand Casino Lipica
Dependance Annex of Maestoso
The Dependance is located in an annex building 50 metres from of the Hotel Maestoso and offers 12 basic comfortable twin rooms with shower for the budget conscious traveller.
All bookings are handled by the 24 hour reception at the Hotel Maestoso and guests also have access to the Hotel Maestoso's facilities.
The Dependance is only open during MAY - SEPT. in 2013.
Book by contacting Lipica direct: HOTEL EMAIL
What's there to do at Lipica?
Stud Farm Tour
Taken with the performance or on its own, the 50 minute stud farm tour at Lipica takes you behind the scenes and into the world of the Lippanzer. Visit the famous yard, the mansion and Velbanca, the oldest stable at Lipica. Interact with history in the Lipikum Museum where everything is explained in bright and colorful displays. The highlight of everyone's tour is the chance to pet the beautiful mares and foals out in the paddocks.
Of course many who stay here come because they want to take expert horse riding tuiton from the world class instructors here at Lipica. Lessons must be booked in advance (click here to email Lipica to book, mention Sloveniaforyou), and are usually conducted in groups of 3-6 in 50 minute blocks but individual tuition can often be arranged. Most people take advantage of the package deals offered by the hotel which may include say 5 lessons and other activities over a few days.
Lippanzers in Training
The classical riding school of Lipica is the pride and success of the Lipica Stud Farm. See how the horses and their riders train for the main performance. It is a special insight into the work of the best stallions of Lipica and enthralls nearly everyone who attends. Combine with a tour or performance for a great day out!
See the end result of years of hard work on the training ground in this brilliant performance. Thousands come very year to see selected stallions impress with their elegant steps, noble appearance and other surprises! The show lasts for 45 minutes in the main arena.
Travel the surrounding roads and paths around the Lipica estate while taking your very own horse carriage ride. Book in advance to enjoy this unique experience. 4 people can be accommodated in each carriage. An original 100 year old Landauer carriage is also available for hire and combined with a stop for a traditional Karst lunch, this is an experience you're sure to remember.
Kids Pony Rides
Pony-riding is intended for the youngest guests to Lipica! Our guides will explain how ponies communicate and how to approach and touch them. Children will ride a pony accompanied with our guide and it is an experience that is sure to be a highlight of their holiday.
Avgust Cernigoj Art Gallery
Avgust Cernigoj was an artist from the Karst region who has left an indelible mark in the history of Slovene fine art. His life and work was closely intertwined with the history of the Karst Littoral region and therefore retains a special place here at Lipica. Come and see his gallery which includes over 1,400 works. A small entrance fee is required.
The Slovene Coast
Enjoy a day on the coast and experience the charming towns of Koper, Izola, Piran and Portoroz while taking in the sea air!
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Nearby Lokev is a sleepy village that has a surprisingly good selection of dining options and is a favourite stop for tour groups who come to taste the famous proscuitto and Teran wine. Lokev is an easy ride from Lipica.
One of the oldest villages in Slovenia, it is famous for its rockwalls and the many climbers who come to climb them.
Needs no introduction, see our page for all the details on famous caves: Click here for info on Postojna
Ice Skating Rink
In winter have some fun at the skating rink which is just near the Hotel. Entrance is free but take note that the rink is closed on days of really bad weather. Open MON-FRI 1100-2000 and SAT-SUN 1000-2100.
Another major drawcard for Lipica is their golf course. Described as a "superior" course, the Klub Lipica has over 400 members and the course is well known as being the only course in Slovenia that can played on all year round.
The links offer a par 73, 9 hole course (repeated twice) with dual driving practice ranges and putting and chipping greens. prices range from 26-42EUR per game and trolleys\cars and clubs are available for hire. There is a nice club shop as well.
For a bit light-hearted fun, try the 18 hole course near the golf course proper. Go to the club shop to buy tickets. 3EUR for a game and it is open 0800-2000 daily.
The Hotel Maestoso has a fitness room if you need to keep up your routine away from home.
There is a small playground at the hotel.
There are more than 360 modern slot machines at Grand Casino Lipica with games including Electronic Roulette, Black Jack and Poker. For traditionalists, there is a gaming saloon with American and French Roulette, Punto Banco, Black Jack, different types of Poker including Texas Hold'em, Craps, Keno and Bingo. The thematicallly designed Casino Lipica also hosts many events with international stars. Slots open daily for 24 hours, tables vary from 1500-0300. Come down and try your luck. Minimum age - 18 years.
At the hotel you can hire bikes to enjoy the many trails around Lipica and routes in the Karst area. Cycling is especially beautiful in Spring or Autumn when you can take in the colours of the season. The area around Lipica is flat and generally traffic free so there are many great paths for families to enjoy. Serious riders can find sanctuary nearby with the ups and downs of the Karst Plateau combining with the many coastal routes.
The staff at Lipica can organise fantastic bicycle tours like Lipica to the Skocjan Caves as an example. Ride on down and stay at Lipica now!
There are 4 outdoor courts near the golf course that are open daily from 0800-2000. Get your tickets at the golf clubhouse.
The largest cavern in Europe, Skocjan is just as famous and another must-see! Click here for info on Skocjan
A strategic stronghold in ancient times because of its position high above the Karst, Socerb is famous for its Castle and Holy Cave, the only underground church in Slovenia.
A really nice example of a roman and medieval hilltop village that looks just as untouched today. See the churches, houses and the Ferrari Gardens.
Trieste is a typical bustling Italian city that also has a lot of history to tell. A great choice for a day trip. Click here for info on Trieste
Lipica Holiday Packages and Special Offers
Easter Package - Make Easter special by staying in Lipica
Golf Special - Golfers take note of this great deal!
May 1st Special - May 1st
Spring Awakening - Spring is here and Lipica is blooming!
Weekend Family Packages - Families will love a weekend away!
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