Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Underground beauty

Surrounded by dripstones and bats

I have to admit that I didn't know which title I could give to this article to make it more appealing, because this attraction certainly and undoubtedly deserves it. When visiting our cave in Postojna, prepare for a cooling of 8-10°C. In fact, you're lucky because the Postojna Cave is open all year long without exception. During the season between May and October you have the opportunity to see it hourly. Within an hour and a half you can see 5 km of its interior, some of which on your feet and some of it with a cave train. The cave can also be visited by disabled people and children in strollers. Fortunately, there is never bad weather in the underground. The more daring ones have an option to visit 3 underground caves of the Postojna Cave system in the company of experienced cave guides using a rope in 2-4 hours with the caving equipment and a helmet.
Photo: Iztok Medja,
This year the cave is celebrating 200 years since the cave lamplighter Luka Čeč has discovered its most beautiful parts and for this purpose there will be several events and celebrations. Its greatness already saw more than 38 million visitors. They also brought the news about the cave across the globe. They reward every millionth visitor so keep your fingers crossed! The Postojna Cave is also known as the longest tourist cave in Europe as it has 24 km of underground routes.

People in the past believed that a dragon lives in the Postojna Cave. As you know olms live in the cave and when they floated to the surface in the course of strong currents, people were convinced that they are the dragons' offspring. They have no eyes, they live for more than 100 years and can live without food for up to 8 years. Two years ago 21 olms came out of the eggs in the cave but their reproduction is still considered a secret.

Photo: Dragan Arrigler,
The cave was fun even in the 19th century and it was a privilege to visit it at that time. In the visitor's book where he talks about the cave he says that it was already illuminated at that time as if there were stories from the Thousand and One Nights going on there. Before 1900, the cave had permanent electrical lighting. Nowadays, concerts are taking place in the cave. It was in this cave in the world that a new science was born - biospeleology that studies life in caves. Our cave system is considered one of the most diverse on Earth.

Photo: Iztok Medja,
Thomas Cook also included it's visit in his first journey around the world. He said that it was worth making a trip from Venice to Postojna for this world gem.

Photo: Iztok Medja,
After an interesting and mysterious day in the limestone and water landscape you can wake up fresh in a new day at the Proteus hostel in the centre of Postojna around which the park is planted. The dormitory building where the hostel is located, is 800 meters away from the Postojna Cave and 500 meters from the main bus station. The hostel makes sure to organize colourful events for which you have to ask in advance. If you decide to be their guest, remember that with the HI Slovenia membership card you get 10% off

You'll be amazed at the special features of the Karst world and its mystery. In the upcoming summer days the cave visit is perfect for a pleasant refreshment. While you're at it also take a look at the dragon's offspring. What lovely creatures our amazing planet Earth creates, right? Let's take care of our mother Earth!

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