In the land of baby dragons

Published: 24.9.2018

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In the land of baby dragons

Did you know that Postojna Cave was the first underground cave in the world to have a railway? And that this underground beauty was illuminated by electric lamps before the streets of Ljubljana and even before London? Or that the only underground post office in the world operates here? Have you heard that Postojna Cave is the biggest cave in Europe?

In the land of baby dragons

Humankind has always been fascinated by caves, but it is Slovenia that is the cradle of karst geotourism, with more than 20 caves open to visitors from over 12,000 discovered thus far. Postojna Cave is one of the most famous and most visited destinations in the country.

This year it celebrates the bicentenary of the discovery of the most beautiful parts of the cave by lamplighter Luka Čeč in 1818. “Here is a new world, here is paradise!” said Čeč, and many of the more than 38 million visitors have repeated these words over the years, including famous politicians and celebrities.

In addition to the exceptional natural beauty, people are fascinated by the incredible fauna, especially the so-called baby dragons. Two years ago the proteus, an animal that is neither human nor fish but an amphibian, attracted international attention: the world could witness the laying of eggs and the hatching of 21 baby dragons.

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