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Exploring the mysteries of Škocjan Caves: A journey through time and nature

Nestled within the heart of the classical Karst region in Slovenia, the Škocjan Caves stand as a testament to nature's intricate artistry, spanning several million years.

This enchanting underground world, designated a World Heritage Site since 1986, invites you to explore its depths and marvel at its extraordinary formations.

Why Visit Škocjan Caves?

  1. A Geological Marvel: The caves, with their labyrinthine passages stretching over 6,200 meters, hold the secrets of an underground canyon carved by the Reka River. Witness the breathtaking Martel Chamber, one of the largest underground chambers in Europe, reaching 146 meters in height.

  2. Stunning Formations: Inside, encounter Nature's masterpieces – Paradise with its flowstone deposits, the Organ Hall adorned with stalactite formations resembling organs, and the Great Hall housing towering stalagmites. Rimstone Pools' Hall displays nature's artistry in the form of large rimstone pools.

  3. Unique Fauna: Explore the habitat of the world-famous cave salamander (Proteus anguinus) and encounter large nursery colonies of various bat species. Witness the resilience of endemic underground crustaceans and beetles, thriving in this extraordinary ecosystem.

  4. Marvelous Engineering: Stand in awe of the engineering marvels like the Cerkvenik Bridge, suspended 47 meters above the Reka River, and witness the active and fossil collapse dolines, showcasing the intricate dynamics of the Karst landscape.

  5. Educational Experience: Immerse yourself in the cultural and archaeological significance of the Škocjan Caves. Explore nearby sites like the Škocjan hillfort, Velika jama na Prevali (the Mušja Cave), and the Tominčeva Cave, each holding stories from prehistoric times.

Preserving the Legacy: A Responsible Visit

As you venture into this natural wonder, remember these guiding principles to preserve its beauty:

  • Respect Nature: Follow designated paths and avoid touching formations. Help maintain the ecosystem by preserving its delicate balance.

  • Eco-Friendly Travel: Opt for eco-friendly modes of transport, such as electric cars or bicycles, contributing to the conservation of the surrounding environment.

  • Support Conservation Efforts: Your entrance fees aid in the preservation of this unique ecosystem. Consider making a contribution to support ongoing conservation projects.

  • Leave No Trace: Ensure you carry your waste back with you. Respect the environment by leaving it as pristine as you found it.

Discover the awe-inspiring Škocjan Caves, where the echoes of time reverberate through its magnificent chambers. Experience the wonder of nature while contributing to its preservation. Plan your visit today and embark on a journey through the ages, deep into the heart of Slovenia's natural heritage.

For inquiries and reservations, contact:

Javni zavod park Škocjanske jame, Slovenija Address: Škocjan 2, 6215 Divaca Telephone: +386 (0)5 70 82 100 Email:

Prepared by: Samo Šturm, Tomaž Zorman, Borut Peric



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