Slovenia: Postojna – A Unique Postojna Cave
Postojna town is located in southwest Slovenia. Fans of traveling and the nature know the town thanks to its unique cave system – Postojnska jama. We managed to visit this natural sight at the end of summer. Frankly, it was a wonderful experience.
In the beginning of our article I would like to say that I am really sorry I can’t share with you my experience of underground beauty via photos. In the cave itself it is forbidden to shoot pictures or record a video. So the only photos I can show you are those from the cave’s vicinity or from nearby Postojna. Surroundings of the cave has magic of its own – a beautiful park with benches, wooden bridge or a beautiful watermill. It is an ideal place for a nice family picnic or romance. If you are going to visit the cave, you must count that you will need at least half-a-day to see it, because not only a visit of the cave itself takes many hours but visit in an adjacent park, as well.
To the cave by a train
An interesting karstic cave system that is more than 20,5 kilometers long belongs to main Slovenian tourist attractions. Public has access to more than 5 kilometers of corridors. Visitors undergo the tour in a small train. Allegedly, it is the longest cave trail opened to public in the world. The ride in the train itself was, mostly for older people, exhilarating experience. However, it was a hilly ride rather than a scenic ride. Open carriages were whizzing really fast in the cave. Sometimes we thought we are about to hit some stalactite or a rocky wall. We really enjoyed the ride, however, some looked like they would never enter this train again. They even didn’t know there will be the same “fun ride” back after a walk in a park.
Not every hollow is same
Not only a fast ride in by the train, but also a walk in the cave had fast tempo, faster than we are used to in Slovakia. The whole cave tour elapsed very quickly, despite it lasted one and half-hour. After we got off the train we split into several groups. Every guide spoke in different language. Neither Slovak nor Czech languages were available we joined a group of Englishmen. We learned many things about the cave from a guide who spoke in a fluent English. Beautiful spaces in the cave were created by the Pivka River. The cave was opened to public already in 1819 and not long from now it will be bicentennial anniversary since people began to admire its beauties. One of the facts that was most interesting was that already in 1872 there was an electricity, even sooner than in the capital Ljubljana. During that time also a tourist train began to operate and last year it was 140 years since its launch. Postojnska Cave is one of the most diverse cave systems in the world. Except for krastic decoration you can also admire amphibian (Proteus anguinus) that you will most certainly spot. At the end of your walk tour you will get to a souvenir shop and public toilets. We were dismissed there for about fifteen minutes. After this we again entered the train and it finally brought us to daylight. One of interesting facts about the cave is that there are regularly held concerts and other social events. These events take place in so-called Concert hall, a one of the largest spaces in the cave.
Only few kilometers away from Postojna there is a unique Predjama Castle (Predjamski grad). If you decide to visit it, don’t forget to buy a ticket package that includes entrance to both sights. You will spare only few Euro if you buy it for one person. However, considering a family of four or a group of friends you will see much greater difference and you can use some of spared money to buy some great ice-cream or a bottle of Slovenian wine.
How Predjama Castle differs from Czech and Slovak castles you will learn next week.
Price of tickets you may find HERE
Opening hours for public you may find HERE
Slowly we are leaving Slovenia. Our last voyage will lead below the breathtaking Mangart mountain in the Julian Alps, which proudly rises in close proximity to the border with Italy.
From the town of Bled we set out for another natural gem in Slovenia - the largest lake in the country. It covers an area of over 3 km². We will talk about Lake Bohinj, whose shores provide a wonderful walk around the Triglav National Park.
Our Slovenian adventure full of knowledge continues. After visiting the Kranjska Gora, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, we move on to another natural gem - the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski Vintgar, Vintgar Sotesque).
Kranjska Gora is situated in the north-western part of Slovenia near the Austrian and Italian borders. This town is known mainly due to the winter sports center, where the FIS - World Cup in Alpine Skiing takes place every year.
Triglav National Park is one of the most popular spots in Slovenia. Its name comes after country's highest mountain which is located within the park. Tourists mostly take short trips or climb up the very mountain. It is strictly forbidden to take a one day trip up to Triglav's peak, staying over night is also forbidden (and only allowed in mountain cabins). The hike is very difficult. You can take it from different directions though.
The Tatranian National Park offers many beauties. High and steep mountains, deep valleys, majestic falls, unseen beautiful fauna and flora and also beautiful things hidden in depths of the area such as various caves. Only one of them, though, is open to the public.
The last stop of our journey across three countries was Mountain Erberg located in Steiermark. It is known as one of the larges European iron ore sites and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole region.
We continue in our excursion across three states also today. Our direction is Austria, the las country we had visited during our 10day journey. In today’s article we will look on scaled replicas of the most important architectonic wonders that are located in a famous theme park Minimundus, Klagenfurt.
So here we are, the last part of our trip across Slovenia. Again we woke up to a cloudy morning but this time it didn’t rain at least. There was an easy trip by a cableway on Vogel and from there we would continue by walk to a vantage point Točka.
Today we will again go to admire beauties of Slovenian nature. From Lake Bled we will move to not less fascinating Lake Bohinj where we will see also the Savica Falls.
If you ever visit Slovenia, do not miss a visit of a beautiful Bled Gorge that is located only few kilometers from well-known Bled.
We woke up to beautiful, however, calm morning. We ate something, checked our backpack if there were things necessary since we intended to spend the whole day out, and we set out to the lake. That day we decided to visit a church on the island in the middle of the lake and spend the afternoon in the town.
Today we will not move anywhere. We will spend the whole day in Bled, a town that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia. We will set out for a visit of one of the most beautiful and precious landmarks. We will see a monumental castle on a cliff above Lake Bled and we will visit a local market.
As we decided to spend few days in Slovenia it wouldn’t go without visiting probably the most Slovenian lake Bled. The lake is considered one of Slovenian symbols. This beautiful lake is located in the eastern part of Julian Alps right by a noisy town of the same name.
Slovenian Predjama Castle is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating castles in the world. It is hidden in a town of the same name, which is only 10 kilometers away from Postojna, a popular tourist town known for its unique cave system.
We always just travel throughout Slovenia, maybe the reason was we were in hurry to get to Croatia or on our way back home. Even we have heard a lot about its beauties, we never managed to find few days or hours, at least, to stop and explore. At last, we changed it and a part of a late summer vacation we spent in Slovenia.
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