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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

News

Sprístupnené jaskyne otvorené

Vážení návštevníci, oznamujeme Vám, že Demänovská jaskyňa slobody, Belianska, Bystrianska a Brestovská jaskyňa budú od 2.1.2022 otvorené podľa vstupného poriadku platného na rok 2022. V zmysle platných COVID opatrení budú tieto jaskyne prevádzkované v režime OP a vstup len s RESPIRÁTOROM. Žiadame Vás touto cestou o rešpektovanie podmienok, ktoré boli pre tento režim stanovené UVZ SR.

9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX)

The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration in cooperation with the International Union of Speleology (UIS), the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, and the Slovak Speleological Society is preparing the 9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX), which will take place on May 9-13, 2022 (originally to take place in 2020, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Dobšiná Ice Cave, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic). The International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC) is a series of scientific events dedicated to the research and protection of ice caves, which are among the most vulnerable natural phenomena. International experts present the latest results and discuss ongoing research, and support global cooperation in the field of ice cave science and management measures. Those interested in the IWIC-IX can download the 1st circular and fill out the online registration form.

COVID admission regime for show caves

Dear visitors

due to dynamically changing situation in Slovakia, we shall keep you updated on application of COVID AUTOMAT with respect to individual show caves. The caves can be entered only with covered mouth and nose and they will be operated either in the BASIC or VTO or completely vaccinated regime. The basic regime means admission of all visitors with possible restriction of number and VTO regime means admission of either only fully vaccinated or negatively tested or those who overcame COVID not later than 180 days ago. The level of risk zone on the other hand sets the rules for wearing either a face mask or a respirator.

SHOW CAVES OPENED AGAIN

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.

24.07.2018 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

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