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

The cave is located in the Hornonitrianska Basin in the Prievidza district and territory of Bojnice town, on the edge of larger cascade so called Parsonage Travertine Mound just below the historic centre of the town.

The entrance is at elevation of 242 m, 11 m above the present small lake in the patronage garden. It has a character of a rocky overhang, which is about 12 m wide and 4,5 to 8 m high. Internal space reaches only 6 m with a narrow 8 m long passage on the north-eastern side, filled with partly broken pea stalagmites.

The cave was formed by the activity of so called constructive waterfalls, which gradually formed the travertine layers precipitating from thermal springs. The settlement of the cave was predetermined by favourable natural conditions at the and of the last northern glaciation. This was confirmed by findings of animal skeleton remains living at that time, which were a good prey for the human ancestors living here.

Several archaeological researches in the cave showed the presence of the Middle Paleolithic Moustérien Culture, represented by the primaeval man of Neanderthal type. This fact classified the Prepoštská Cave among the important sites not only in Slovakia but also in the Central Europe.



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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