Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle | Slovenia
Slovenia is such an amazing travel country – there are so many things to see! After a few relaxing days in Piran we went to see the Postojna Cave and the Predjama Castle – and we had been so surprised:
The Postojna Cave
The Postojna Cave it’s one of the top tourist attraction of Slovenia and it has one of the longest cave systems in the world. It has a 200 year history of being a show cave, but the first “official visitor” was the Austrian heir to the throne, Ferdinand I. Until today the caves count 38 million visitors. Honestly, when you go there it felt a bit like visiting some kind of Entertainment Park – lots of people, restaurants, kiosk, souvenir shops and huge ticket corners.
Driving inside the caves with the 140 years old train was a really cool adventure. The drive takes about 30 minutes, you pass some beautiful drip stones, natural sculptures and sometimes it felt like you have to mind your head because the tunnel was so tight.
Don`t forget to bring some warm clothes, even in summer the caves are cold -> 8-10 degrees Celsius! After the drive, you will have a guided tour by foot. You will walk an illuminated path and everything is perfectly safe. First you are passing the Great Mountain, then you are going to cross the Russian Bridge to come inside the beautiful caves. Spaghetti Hall, White Hall, Red Hall and the famous Brilliant Passage – all the caves have a characteristic color and shape of the stalactites and stalagmites which had been found inside. At the end of the tour, don`t miss to have a look inside the aquarium of the proteus (also called the olm or the human fish).
The Predjama Castle
The Predjama Castle is the largest cave castle in the world an absolutely worth a visit. It’s just 9 km from Postojna Cave, so if you are there don`t miss it. The first thing that attracts our attention was the castle’s location – it was built just next to an impressive 123m cliff!
Even the Lonely Planet is calling the castle as
“one of the world’s most dramatic castles”
And they are so right! Today, the castle is a museum on five floors that shows the life in the 16th century. If you are up to visit the caves inside you have the possibility to buy a combi-ticket Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle.
Visiting the Postojna Caves and the Predjama Castle is easy to combine with a stay in:
- Piran 1 hour per car
- Trieste 50 minute per car
- Bled 1 hour per car
- Ljubljana 40 min per car
All in all, we had a fantastic time visiting these caves and the castle was also very impressive. We recommend it to anybody!
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