Slovakia is a true European gem with too many caves and underground places. This European paradise is visited by plenty of tourists all round the year owing to the eclectic natural beauty which the country offers. This place is respondent in plenty of natural attractions and does have a lot of places to visit.
When it comes to caves, Slovakia has an abundance of them and this is why we decided to give you a list of some of the finest caves which when explored will leave you with an enriching experience that you won’t forget. Make it a point to explore these caves and plan your trip accordingly because every time you visit a nation, you should surely check out the key highlights of the area.
1. The Cave of the Dead Bats
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Also known as Jaskyňa mŕtvych netopierov, the cave of the dead bats is one of the must visit joint. You need to take up a challenging mountain hike before you can reach this cave.
This cave is not meant for the light-hearted and children should not accompany you because the caves are filled with darkness and you may find a chill run down your spine because the bones of the bats are believed to be more than 6,000 years old.
2. Belianska Cave
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At one point of time, it was the only cave in the Tatras national park which was open to the public. The cave is located at quite an elevation and one is sure to be amazed at the decor and also the lucent lakes present here too.
The cave is believed to have miraculous healing power and the scenic beauty is beyond words too. No doubt, exploring this cave is going to be an enriching experience. Once again, be very careful because you don’t want to be trapped or lost here.
3. Jasovská Cave
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This is the oldest cave which has been open to the public in Slovakia. It is located very close to Kosice. The canopy and the architecture in this cave are mesmerizing and will leave you in a trance. Not only this, the access to the cave isn’t the easiest either. It is located at quite an elevation which means that it is not very easy to get here. This is why kids are not recommended here. When you manage the herculean climb, you will find yourself admiring the breathtaking beauty of this cave. Do not miss out on the inscription which dates back to 1452 and shows the proof that the cave is a remnant of the middle ages. Surely, this has boosted the popularity of this phenomenal cave.
4. The Krasnohorská Cave
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Also known as the beautiful mountain cave, this is yet another marvel which too many tourists die to visit. This too is not recommended for children mainly because the ascent and the descent here is terribly hard. One needs to climb steep ladders, use wooden boards to row and even climb on ropes to ensure that they can reach this cave. Once there, you are sure to feel that all the trouble has been worth it, you should not miss out on witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the dazzling Dripstone of Roznava’s cavers which is one of the largest stalagmites in the whole world. It weighs as much as 2,000 tons and the sight is surely going to take your breath away.
It has been hailed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
5. Gombasecká Cave
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This cave is world famous and rightly so. Not just the architecture and the formations have become famous, but it has earned a reputation for its stone strands and even the mysterious jewelry as well. The cave is known to contain quills which can be up to 3 meters long. It is found rarely in the whole of Europe. Recently, through various excavations, it was found that there are even speleological jewels hidden in a lot of inaccessible corridors in the cave. This has increased the interest of too many people in the cave. This cave too has been declared as UNESCO world heritage site and is surely worth at least one visit. We recommended keeping children away.
6. Dobšinská Ice Cave
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This cave is more beautiful than words can ever do justice. It is one of the very first caves in the world that was electrically lit. The canvas of ice which is created here dates back to thousands of year and it is spread over a whopping area of 100,000 square meters. The beauty which you will witness inside is mind-boggling and it is sure to leave a deep impact on your mind. Like most of the caves in Slovakia, this too has been listed to be UNESCO world heritage site.
7. Ochtinská Aragonite Cave
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Also called as the cave of the stone stars, this is by far the most breathtaking of it all. A lot of people believe that the inside of the cave is nothing but a land full of miracles. Aragonite created wonders which are believed to be found only in three places all over the world.
This cave is also a part of the surreal places in the world which you need to visit. The kind of crystal and queer formation which you will see in the cave is going to definitely make you crazy in awe and surprise. There is a lot of beauty attached to it and the surreal and serene beauty is definitely something which will impress you.
So, these are some of the best caves in Slovakia which you should not miss out on. As Slovakia is home to endless caves, there are plenty of other names we have missed out. But, the ones we spoke of here are surely meant to be witnessed.
The following caves have been permanently closed:
Jasovská Cave, Gombasecká Cave, Dobšinská Ice Cave, and Ochtinská Aragonite Cave