Monday, December 21, 2015

Postojna Cave

Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave and the only one with a double track railway. It’s a fantastic network of 20 km of tunnels, beautiful passages, galleries and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other unforgettable forms - one of the most visited natural landmarks in Slovenia.
More than 5 km of tunnels are arranged for tourist visits and it offers a unique and adventurous ride into the cave by a little train through narrow tunnels, under spectacular underground arches for about 10 minutes and then proceed on foot admiring playful stalactite forms in no hurry, with a guide. You can choose guidance in several languages. The tour ends in a huge underground hall where concerts and other events are held on special occasions and return back to the daylight by train after an hour and a half.
The old cave is the part of the cave which was discovered in 1818. This is where the cave railway mostly runs today. The part that stands out most is the Congress Hall (previously known as the Ballroom), where magnificent festivities used to be organized.
Stalactites, stalagmites, underground halls and other rock formations are truly amazing! Pivka river has been carving the cave for 2 million years; it goes underground just by the entrance to Postojna Cave. The water level has changed over time and a beautiful 'multi-level' cave filled with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, curtains and other gorgeous shapes, were gradually created as the water was leaving layers of limestone behind.       
The Beautiful Caves are the most magnificent and strongly calcified part of the Postojna Cave, which in some places extends into halls named after the characteristics of flowstone. The first is The hall of tubes, where white, needle-thin, transparent tubes hang from the ceiling. The ceiling of the hall reminds of rock rain, and is also called Spaghetti hall.
The white hall got its name after extremely white flowstone and white stalactites made of pure calcite with almost no admixtures.
The most beautiful stalagmite in the Postojna cave is the 5 metre-tall jem called the Brilliant. Looking at this marvellous, shiny white limestone formation, you simply must agree it is fully worthy of its name.




















Another magnificent sights is the river Pivka mightily flowing into the depths of the cave.
The cave itself is rather peaceful and completely dark without lights. Despite that around 100 animal species live in the cave! The main attraction is, of course, the proteus, which was at first mistaken for a baby dragon! A modern aquarium is located inside the cave where you can see the proteus.
This is the most visited cave in Europe - more than 36 million in the last 200 years, so do not expect solitude or tranquility since there are approximately 1500 visitors per day.
The cave has only about 10 degrees celsius and almost 100% humidity throughout the whole year, so bring appropriate clothes and footwear. The path through the cave is relatively easy.




Here is another attempt of making a video but before saying that I'll stick to making photos rather than videos (obviously), in my defense let me just say that the video was made from the ride on the train on the way back...






Safe Travels ;)
Lucy 

25 comments:

  1. How expensive are sites like this in Slovenia? It's pretty budget-friendly, yea?

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    1. There are a few packages available just the cave for adults costs 22.90 Eur
      We chose the Postojna Cave and the Predjama Castle and it costed 31.90Eur
      There also is another one for The Castle and the Cave under it which costs 18.40 Eur
      For me it's not budget-friendly. I think it's pretty expensive, but yolo and everything :)

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  2. The White Hall pictures were my favorite. We've been to caves in Kentucky, Missouri & Tennessee but never in Europe yet. Looks like a fun tour!

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    1. Yes,it was amazing!
      This was my first cave and I'm pretty impressed.. :)

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  3. The Brilliant photo is my favorite, with the White Hall second. Is there a photo of the huge concert hall?

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    1. Unfortunately is pretty blurred .. so I didn't uploaded it...

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  4. Fantastic cave. I like those formations - there is one that looks like a skull. Must be quite scary if you see it glowing in the dark!

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    1. It's pretty dark inside.. and at a certain point all the lights went off for a few seconds ... luckily I wasn't alone otherwise I would have panicked for sure:))

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  5. Ooh love it! So excited to visit next year! :)

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  6. I didn't expect that train ride inside the cave. Oohhhmmaayy! That is wayyy soooo cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Imagine going to a concert in a cave! Crazy, I think I'd get nervous haha

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    1. I think it would be great ... the acoustic is amazing)

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  8. Ah I went to somewhere similar in Sardinia. Aren't these caves amazing! Doesn't seem realistic when you go seem them they are so so cool!

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  9. I love visiting caves and think I would find this place fascinating. They always make me wonder in amazement at nature's handiwork.

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    1. Yes, it's so hard to believe that actually is all nature's work...

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  10. Looks like a little fairytale land really! Caves are special places for sure :)

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  11. Brilliant pics!!!
    They've just brought me awesome memories from my visit to Postojna last March.
    Thanks!!!

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  12. Awesome post! We used to visit a lots of caves when I was a kid, but don't remember any with a train like this. Must be fun :)

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  13. Oh wow, what an amazing place. We have done a bit of caving before back home but never seen anything like this. We will be in Slovenia next year so we will check it out, thanks for sharing.

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  14. I've always been fascinated with stalagmites and stalactites formations. It's amazing how it took million of years for them to be formed. Postjona Cave is now on my list, I must visit it someday.

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  15. Wow, looks amazing! Sadly the only times we've been to Slovenia have been quick passing visits, but I hope to return for longer - visiting these caves will definately be on ,y list of things to do when were there!

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  16. Love all the information, and especially the train ride. Could be a little romantic :D

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