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Pekel Jama

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  • 1-2 km
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  • 1 hour or less
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Pekel Jama, the Entrance into the Devil's Mouth

The water dropping from the ceiling makes the ground slippery and the temperature inside the cave consists of an average of 10°C , all year long. I would recommend to wear a good pairs of shoes and a warm sweater, even in the Summer.
Adults: 8 € (Groups over 15: 6 €)
Children, students: 5 € (Groups over 15: 4 €)
*Guided tour is included.

The Pekel Jama, which means the Hell Cave in Slovenia, was given its name by the common folks due to the very scary looking facade of the entrance of the cave; it looks like the Devil from Hell. Discovered in the 19th century, the Pekel Jama is at least 3 million years old.

 

The area at the entrance of the cave is its widest part. The paths inside the cave are narrow and some part is quite low.

 

The Pekel Jama has two parts: the Water Cave and the Dry Cave.

 

Pekel Jama, despite being smaller and less known; in its Water Cave, we can witness the highest underground waterfalls that can be seen right away in Slovenia, with its 4 meters height drop. The Water Cave is being called such, because a steam of water, the Peklenščica Stream, is running through it. Sometimes, you will be able to witness the undisturbed life of cave crabs.

 

After the Water Cave is the Dry Cave, which consists of an imposing ascension of stairs (if you are scared of height, be warned). Various shape of stalactites can be seen from the ceiling of the cave, along with bats – if lucky. Many impressive stalagmites are all around, but to ensure their preservation, it is prohibited to touch them.

 

At the exit of the cave, you will find yourself on top of a small hill. Follow the stairs down and you will be outside the entrance of the Pekel Jama.



Opening hours

Guided tour in Slovene, English or German every hours.
From March 1st to March 31st , 10:00 to 17:00 (Saturday and Sunday), last entry at 16:00.
From April 1st to April 30th , 10:00-17:00 (every day, including Sundays and holidays), last entry at 16:00.
From May 1st to September 30th, 10:00 - 18:00 (every day, including Sundays and holidays), last entry at 17:00
From October 1st to October 30th, 10:00 - 17:00 (Saturday and Sunday), last entry at 16:00

How to get there

Drive 4 kilometers north from Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini.

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