State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
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Demänovské Caves

Demänovský Cave System, formed by the Demänovka River on the right side of the Demänovská Valley in the Low Tatras Mts., is the longest speleologically interconnected karst system in Slovakia. The length exceeds 35 km.

It is formed in Middle Triassic dark-grey Guttenstein limestones of the Krížna Nappe, along tectonic faults. It presents a large and complicated complex of cave passages, domes and abysses developed in 9 evolution levels with an active allochthonous stream.

It consists of a system of 10 speleologically interconnected caves. The most important are: Demänovská Cave of Liberty (8,336 m) and Demänovská Ice Cave (2,445 m), which are open to the public. Further are Demänovská Cave of Peace(16,174 m), Vyvieranie Cave (1,437 m) and Pustá Cave (4,663 m). The cave system comprises also: Údolná Cave, Cave pod útesom, Pavúčia Cave, Cave trosiek and Cave no. 15.

Other important caves like Štefanová Cave (10,047 m), Okno Cave (2,570 m), Demänovská Bear Cave (1,447 m) and Suchá Cave (780 m) are genetically related. We can expect speleological connection of these caves with the system some time in the future, but also further discoverie

Some caves of the Demänovský Cave System belong to important wintering places for bats. 9 bat spiecies were found in the Demänovská Ice Cave. This location is one of the most important hibernation spaces for the Northern Bat (Eptesicus nilssonii) in Slovakia. Regular and abundant is the occurrence of the Whiskered/Brandt’s Bat (Myotis mystacinus/brandtii), and less the Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis). The Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) and Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis) are frequent in the Psie diery part of the Pustá Cave. Remarkable is also occurrence of a specific form of invertebrate cave beetle Duvalius microphthalmus spelaeus, which is endemic species of the Demänovský Karst. Also rare cave palpigrade Eukoenenia spelaea is living here. The occurrence of this species here and in the Važecká Cave presents the most northern border of distribution of a whole order of palpigrades (Palpigradida) in Europe. Numerous populations are formed by troglobitic springtails Deuteraphorura kratochvili, Pseudosinella paclti and Protaphorura janosik. From among the stygobitic crustaceans Niphargus tatrensis is living in underground water streams together with several species of copepods living in microspaces in riverbed sediments. The Demänovské Caves are an important palaeontological locality. Rich findings of cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) bones are known from the Demänovská Ice.

Show caves - Demänovská Ice Cave
Show caves - Demänovská Cave of Liberty


Demänovská jaskyňa slobody - veľký okruh mimo prevádzky / long tour closed

Vážení návštevníci, 

prevádzkovanie veľkého okruhu v Demänovskej jaskyni slobody je dočasne pozastavené kvôli prebiehajúcim rekonštrukčným prácam na priľahlých úsekoch jaskyne. Predpokladané znovuotvorenie je v druhej polovici roka 2024. Ospravedlňujeme sa za prípadné nepríjemnosti.

Dear visitors,

operation of the long tour in the Demänovska Cave of Liberty is temporarily suspended due to ongoing reconstruction work in adjacent cave parts. We assume reopening in the second half of the year 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience.

15. vedecká konferencia: "Výskum, využívanie a ochrana jaskýň" / 15th scientific conference "Research, utilization and protection of caves"

Konanie: 24.- 26. september 2024. Bližšie informácie o tomto podujatí nájdete na odkaze.

The conference will be held from September 24 to 26, 2024 in Liptovský Mikuláš. More on the link.

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

Due to adverse conditions, 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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