State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
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Brestovská Cave

Brestovská Cave is situated in the territory of the Tatra National Park in the cadastre of Zuberec at elevation of 867 m. The cave was known to local people from long ago, which caused large devastation of its dripstone fill. Constructed closure helped in prevention of further deterioration.

The cave was formed mainly by erosion activity of the Studeného Brook, but also with influence of corrosive activities of seepage atmospheric waters. It belongs among the most important caves not only in the Orava region, but also in the Western Tatras. The cave is formed mostly in strongly disrupted dolomitic breccias of the Upper Triassic of the Choč Nappe, and partially in the dark grey compact veiny Middle Triassic Gutenstein limestones. Except for the Mesozoic rocks, there is around also transgressively and discordantly deposited Central Carpathian Paleogene. Ceiling and walls in some places in the cave are built of dolomitic breccias, which probably represent the basal component of the Paleogene group of strata. Active underground water course flows through the cave having several lakes and siphons. It is a typical fluviokarst cave with relatively little developed dripstone fills, which is represented by flowstone layers, stalactites and tiny eccentric forms. The Brestovská Cave can be ranked among the caves of dissected karst of massive crests, horsts and fold-fault structures with the complete development of endokarst. The length after long speleological and speleodiving surveys reaches 1,890 metres at present.

Brestovská Cave belongs among the most varied shelters for bats in Orava. By now 9 bat species were recorded in the cave and immediate surrounding. Regularly and in higher numbers only the Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis) and the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) are wintering here. The larvae of Ephemeroptera species Baetis alpinus, which is typical for cold mountain well oxidized spring waters occur in the macrozoobenthos of the underground stream. Stabile is also a micropopulation of brown trout Salmo trutta m. fario. These species enter the cave from surface waters. Closer relation to cave environment have water crustaceans of Niphargus genus. From the terrestric arthropods we can find here eutroglophilic isopods Mesoniscus graniger, multipedes Allorhiscosoma sphinx and harvestman Ischyropsalis manicata, which are Carpathian endemic species.



Dear visitors, our show caves are opened again from May 15, 2021 under the following restrictions: visitors must wear a face mask, disinfect hands and keep the required distance from each other. Details are stated in official country regulations and legislature. The number of visitors per admission is reduced. Thanks for understanding. We wish you a pleasant visit!

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

Due to low yield of underground water the boat trip in Domica Cave is not available. The short tour is available. Thank you for understanding

Cave visit with small children

Dear visitors, due to increased visitation of parents with very small children (circa up to 3 - 4 years of age), we would like to kindly ask you to have a rucksack baby carrier with you for visiting the more demanding caves in given time. This recommendation concerns all caves but the most concerned are the following ones: Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Belianska Cave, Dobšinská Ice Cave, Demänovská Ice Cave, Harmanecká Cave. We also ask you to consider visiting the cave with your crying child, which could disturb the other visitors. Thank you for understanding and we wish you a nice experience.

Cave tour guides for download

Dear visitors, cave tour guides are available for download


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