Monday, 29 January 2018

White Magical Creatures

In contact with nature while riding.

The gracious breed of the white Lipizzaner horse attracts even the most demanding visitor. Highly trained, elegant and proud horses leave no one indifferent. Of course, I am talking about the Slovenian Stud farm Lipica, the place of Slovenian pride. Take a carriage ride across the property or take a riding course. You can also enjoy a picnic in nature or try golf and archery.

Lipica has become the oldest European stud farm in the 16th century, when the summer residence of the Trieste bishop in Karst has been abandoned and transformed into a stud farm. It breeds one of the oldest cultural breeds of horses, which was decided by archduke Charles. The decision is also the reason that the Lipizzaner horses are very much connected with the Habsburgs. He liked the place because the Karst reminded him of Spain and the Spanish horses were a key strategic factor for the Habsburgs back then.

We can witness a classical dressage. Its goal and starting point is the preparation of a horse and a rider to show harmonised moves performed by horses in free movement not using any force. This scene is definitely a balm for our soul. The Lipikum Museum, however, beautifully depicts the image of our Slovenian pride, as it is interactive and contemporary, so children will also enjoy it.

Even before visiting the stud farm, you can download the Guide to Lipica application on the Google Play or App Store to your mobile phone, making it easier for you to visit the stud farm. Your four-legged friends are also warmly invited to join you.

HI card holders have a student discount on a guided tour of the Lipica stud farm, to see the performance of the classical riding school and on the Experience the Lipizzaner horse programme.

There is the hostel Ociski Raj near Lipica in the village of Ocizla, where you can stay after the horse's adventure. In addition to the beds and breakfast options, the hostel has a large common area with a kitchen, wireless internet and bike rental is also possible. Everybody with the HI membership card get a 10% discount on the overnight stay. More active travellers can take a walk on the marked Tiger circular memorial path, visit the Socerb castle or visit the only underground church in Slovenia – the Holy Cave. Yes, believe it or not, we also have that. Choose one of the climbing spots on the Kraški rob or take a hike to the famous Slavnik hill. On the UNESCO list there are also Škocjan Caves which are 12km away from the hostel. If you want to experience how to smoke the meat, take a hike in the Dimnice cave in the devil's meat smoking room. Here you will also find the oldest European tourist cave Vilenica. 

One, two, three and we're going! Well, now we experienced another adventure in nature on the white Lipizzaner's back!

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