Skocjan Caves, Skocjan

Explore the largest known underground canyon in the world at Skocjan Caves, a World Heritage Site famous for its many waterfalls, diverse stalactite formations, and limestone pools. The caves feature 6 km (3.7 mi) of underground passages and one of the largest underground halls. With a total depth of over 200 m (656 ft), this system of limestone caves was inhabited as early as Mesolithic times. On your way through, you will pass a 116 m (380 ft) long tunnel, a dry river bed, a so-called "silent cave" and "murmuring cave." Look out for the huge stalagmites called the Giants and the Organ. The highlight of the trip is crossing over a 45 m (148 ft) high bridge. Bring a light jacket and put on good walking shoes since the paths can be slippery. Put Skocjan Caves and other Skocjan attractions into our Skocjan day trip tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Another analogy than "mines in Moria" just didn't think of us. Škocjanské Caves are the only Slovenian UNESCO listed and represent the largest underground spaces in Europe. However, there are about 5x fewer people here than in the nearby caves of Postojna. On the other hand, thanks to this, you will be in peace for the next tour, wherever you arrive. In one group is about. 150-200 people who, before entering the cave, are divided into groups of about 50 people. The caves are not very decorative, although there are many stalactites of different shapes and sizes. The attractions of these caves are mainly large spaces excavated by river Reka. Artificially created entrance is not interesting and even the first space is nothing extra. Then you go to the bigger hall, which is already very big and you say "it will be the greatest". But then the guide tells you that this has a ceiling at a height of "only" 30 meters and the largest hall is high 144 meters:) It is very difficult to imagine, especially underground. And so you go on and then... Your jaw will fall off:) You can't describe it, you have to see it. A huge space, partly filled with mist hazy, is opened in front of you, you see a lighted walkway that winds along the wall of the distance and you hear the river down somewhere downstairs. Absolutely beautiful. And then comes the crossing of the pavement at a height of 45m above the water surface. The photos don't even get that feeling when you're standing there. Euphoria, fear. You are trying to imagine what feelings were experienced by the first people who discovered the cave and it is unreal. A visit to the classic circuit takes 1.5-2h and can cope with small children. It's definitely worth a visit. The caves must not be photographed, but it has quite reasonable reasons. First of all, the light of lightning supports the growth of algae, so it is often not allowed to take pictures in the caves today, but especially-if everyone wants to photograph, the tour would have lasted 2x so long. And there would be nothing like that in the photos, because there is no easy way to take pictures of such large spaces. It is better to buy a postcard or a publication in souvenirs.
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  • If you're into natural wonders of any kind, this is a must-do! We did the combined tour (part 1, guided and part 2, self guided) for 24€ and it was worth every cent, especially taking into account tha...  more »
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  • The Skocjan caves were far better than I expected ! Really interesting. English speaking guide was very good, group size was good! Bikes and luggage can be stored safely, locked away. Easy to walk for people of all ages, just be mindful that there are many steps!
  • Absolutely amazing cave. Nice walking with chilling temperatures inside, around 12 degrees. There are around 600 steps to pass, but nothing difficult. With those ambient lights which are around half a meter above ground it looks stunning in it shows to you where the path will follow. I liked them, cause they still look so natural and pristine.
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