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Mysterious stories from the Škocjan Caves

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Škocjan Caves joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986 and still attract countless visitors from all over the world. Welcome to the stony Karst with a soft heart. Enter the mysterious caves and hear stories of the Slovenian underground.

Mysterious stories from the Škocjan Caves

Škocjan Caves are a natural phenomenon of great scale which can match the likes of Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, Mount Everest and others. The caves joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986 and still attract countless visitors from all over the world. Welcome to the stony Karst with a soft heart. Enter the mysterious caves and hear stories of the Slovenian underground.

In western Slovenia, in the Karst, you can find a special world. Waters which emerge and then disappear under the earth’s surface created large caves and a mysterious underground world of unusual shapes. Škocjan Caves are a true living outdoor museum, which is why they were justly added to the UNESCO World Heritage List almost three decades ago.

A visit to the Caves makes an excellent trip, since they can be accessed throughout the year. The temperature is always between 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. You can choose between adventures which take you into the world of underground mysteries through an underground canyon, or you can follow the Reka River underground or take the Škocjan Education Trail.

Enter one of the largest underground halls in the world, which was made by the Reka River. The capacity of the hall is over two million cubic metres. The largest underground canyon in the world is found here – over 100 metres deep. More than 6,000 kilometres of tunnels have been explored so far. A 15-metre stalagmite, the Giant, can be found in the Great Hall.

The first organised expeditions into the Caves took place in the 19th century, while the first written records about the caves date back to the second century B.C. The archaeological findings show that people used the caves and lived in them 5,000 years ago. Did you know that the first visitors and guided groups visited Škocjan Caves already in 1819? The register of visitors was established at that time. Today, the caves are visited by more than 100,000 people a year. Venture on an unforgettable underground experience and marvel at the magnificence of Škocjan Caves during the interactive one-hour tour. Learn about the history of research of the Karst. Be amazed by the unique forms of stalagmites, stalactites and many Karst forms you encounter along the way.

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