Slovak nature is definitely the major tourist attraction in the country and the Caves in Slovakia is the best of it. Mountains, national parks, forests, glacial lakes, gorges, and valleys but the main nation’s treasure is the Caves in Slovakia.
There are more than 6,000 caves in the country from which you can visit around 2,400. And here is the list of the most beautiful of them that are officially opened to the public.
Gombasecka cave, Caves in Slovakia by Julius
Caves in Slovakia
1. Krásnohorská Cave
Krásnohorská Cave is unique not only in Slovakia but throughout the world! The cave has its own record in the Guinness Book of Records for being a home to the highest sinter column in the world with its height of 34 meters.
Since its discovery, several higher columns have already been discovered around the world. Never mind, it’s still worth a visit! Here, however, you will get the lamps and cave suits as this is real cave exploring adventure without concrete pavements and lighting!
Krásnohorská cave, Caves in Slovakia by krasnohorskajaskyna.sk
2. Belianska Cave
Belianska Cave is located in the High Tatras National Park – just below the highest mountains of Slovakia. It is a cave with a myriad of stalactites, large halls and plenty of cave ponds. It has been opened to the public already in 1882 and the electric lighting has been installed here since 1896.
Belianska Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Kamil Porembiński
3. Demänovská Cave of Liberty
Demänovská Cave of Liberty is the most visited cave in Slovakia with up to 175,000 visitors per year. It is located in the Demänovská valley at the foot of the mountains of Low Tatras National Park. This cave has been discovered in 1921 and opened to the public since 1924.
Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Caves in Slovakia by Juloml
4. Demänovská Ice Cave
Demänovská Ice Cave can be found just a few steps from Demänovská Cave of Liberty. They both are set in a beautiful area that is very popular among tourists from all over Slovakia. Discovered already in the 13th century this cave has been first opened to the public in the 80’s of the 19th century.
Demänovská Ice Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Michael Camilleri
5. Dobšinská Ice Cave
Among the fascinating gorges and forests of The Slovak Paradise National Park, close to the mining town of Dobšiná, is the largest ice cave in Slovakia – Dobšinská Ice Cave.
It is considered to be one of the most important caves in the world. It was opened to the public already in 1871 and boasts of being the first cave in central Europe with electric lighting (installed in 1887).
Dobšinská Ice Cave, Caves in Slovakia by dariusz woźniak
6. Domica Cave
Domica cave is together with its Hungarian colleague of Baradla inscribed on the list of UNESCO World heritage list. It can be found in the western part of Slovak Karst National Park. The cave was discovered in 1926 and opened to the public in 1932.
Once you are here, do not forget to visit Baradla cave which is just 2 kilometers away.
Domica Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Jojo
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7. Gombasecká Cave
Another of the caves you can visit in the Slovak Karst National Park is beautiful Gombasecká Cave. Located just 17 kilometers from Domica cave, it is usually visited right after Domica and Baradla caves.
Being one of the most important caves of Slovak Karst National Park, this cave has also been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Discovered in 1951 this cave has been opened to the public since 1955.
Gombasecká Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Semu
8. Jasovská Cave
Have you already visited Domica, Baradla, Gombasecká and Krásnohorská Cave on your day trip? Well, there is another cave nearby you just cannot afford to miss.
Jasovská Cave is located just 46 kilometers from Krásnohorská cave in a small town of Jasov. The cave has been opened to the public since 1846 although it has been discovered long ago. The oldest writing on one of its walls comes from 1452.
Jasovská Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Julius
There is a lot to do around this cave as well. Do not forget to visit nearby Jasov Monastery with centuries old tree. Take a pleasant walk through the forest above the cave, the marked trail takes you to the old cemetery and romantic lake.
9. Ochtinská Aragonite Cave
The only aragonite cave in Slovakia and one of only 4 in the world can be found in the Slovak Ore Mountains. Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is also UNESCO Site since its aragonite decoration is around 138 thousand years old. It was discovered in 1954 by miners and opened to the public later in 1972.
It is located just 35 kilometers from Domica cave and 16 kilometers from Betliar Manor House – one of the most beautiful manor houses in Slovakia.
Ochtinská Aragonite Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Julius
10. Harmanecká Cave
Rich snow-white stalactite decorations, extensive waterfalls, and amazing ponds are just a few of attractions that can be admired in Harmanecká Cave. Located at the borders of Veľká Fatra National Park and Low Tatras National Park, this cave is one of the must-see places in the area. Discovered long ago, this cave has been opened to the public back in 1950.
Pay a visit also to the nearby old mining village of Špania Dolina, which is one of the most hidden gems of Slovakia.
Harmanecká Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Juloml
11. Važecká Cave
Važecká Cave is one of the smallest caves in Slovakia but boasts rich stalactite decoration, findings of cave bears’ bones, as well as rare fauna.
Once here you cannot miss a typical rural atmosphere in the village of Važec enhanced with folk architecture and customs.
Važecká Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Peko
12. Driny Cave
Often referred to as the pearl of Small Carpathians mountains, Driny Cave is the westernmost cave in Slovakia. Unlike other caves in Slovakia, this one is unique for its narrow corridors but is also rich in stalactite decorations.
Explored in 1932, a part of this cave has been opened to the public already in 1935.
Driny Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Kurt Bauschardt
13. Bystrianska Cave
Low Tatras mountains is a home to another great cave known as Bystrianska Cave. The cave itself is then home to 8 species of Bats which are well hidden here.
This is one of the reasons why Bystrianska Cave is considered to be a site of European importance. Discovered in 1923 this cave was first opened to the public in 1939.
Bystrianska Cave, Caves in Slovakia by Pe3kZA
14. Zlá Diera Cave (Bad Hole Cave)
Zlá Diera Cave is one of the few public caves in Slovakia that you can explore as being a part of the real expedition. You will get a helmet with a lamp on it before going to exploring its mysterious underground as cave does not have any electric lighting.
A tour is physically not demanding and is also suitable for small children (youngest participant had 6 weeks, while the oldest one 84 years).
Zlá Diera Cave, Caves in Slovakia by zladiera.sk
15. Stanišovská Cave
Stanišovská Cave is the only cave in the Low Tatras National Park that is open every day all year round. With a head light, you will be able to go through its tunnels and explore its natural beauty. No special cloth or footwear is required. A tour is suitable for small kids as well.
Stanišovská Cave, Caves in Slovakia by stanisovska.sk
16. Cave of Dead Bats
Cave of Dead Bats is another cave in the Low Tatras National Park. If you want to enjoy some great adventures while in Slovakia, this cave comes in handy. Every tour to the cave needs to be booked in advance, so try to write an email to [email protected] or check their site for further information.
Cave of Dead Bats, Caves in Slovakia by slovakia.com
17. Bojnice Castle Cave
And the last cave on this list is well hidden in one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia. And it can be nowhere else than in the fairy-tale Bojnice Castle. It was discovered in the medieval times and later served as a hiding place. You will be taken here on the standard tour around the castle.
Bojnice Castle Cave, Caves in Slovakia by bojnicecastle.sk
There are lots of Things to do in Slovakia. Nature is here a major tourist attraction. Once you Visit Slovakia visit also its Amazing Caves but also other places in the national parks of Slovakia.
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