Go spelunking in Slovenia

Slovenia’s Postojnska cave has been attracting tourists for more than 175 years. Indeed, the home to the rare human fish has been visited by humans since as early as the 13th Century.

These ancient caverns are home to some of the world’s most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, as well as rare species of animals and fossils from the ice age..

Guided tours of the cave begin at the cave railway station and take about an hour and a half. The train first carries visitors through an artificial tunnel to a passage, known as the Upturned Ship. Next comes the Gothic Hall, rich in stalactite decoration, where the remains of ice age animals have been found. Many of the geological formations along the route have names that reflect their peculiar shapes. The most famous are the Turtle, the Cone, the Palms, the Charcoal Heaps, the Curtain, the Dwarf.

The tour continues on foot at the great mountain, where the trail goes into the White Hall, the Red Hall, the Tiger Hall and the Winter Hall, all the way to the Brilliant Passage, the home of the Brilliant, the world’s most famous stalagmite and the symbol of Postojna Cave. Visitors then reboard the train and return to the surface.

Postojnska is the largest karst cave in Slovenia. Across the country there are some 8,000 more karst caves already discovered, and a number are open for visitors. The Škocjan caves in particular are already inscribed on the World Heritage List and include the largest underground canyon in the world. Along with others including Pivka Cave, Black Cave and Vilenica Cave, this makes Slovenia a must-see destination for all cave fans.

For more information about visiting the caves, visit www.postojnska-jama.si/?cat=9&lang=en.
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