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

The cave is situated on the right hand side of the Demänovská Valley in the Demänovská dolina national nature reserve and the Low Tatras National Park. The entrance is at elevation of 857 m, only 9 m above the occassional surface flow of Demänovka. The cave is formed in the Gutenstein limestones and dolomites of the Krížna Nappe. The most part of cave spaces reaches the left hand side of the valley in the massif of Stodôlka.

The total length of the cave known in present is 10,047 m with vertical span of 110 m.

The entrance part is formed along interbed surfaces where collapses and weathering considerably changed the original shapes of river modelling. There are exceptionally rich coatings of moonmilk in the cave and close to the surface also bulky granite boulders as much as 2,5 m in diameter. There are several independent perennial water coarses flowing through the cave. The underground corridors represent the drainage-grid of Priečny and Zadná voda Brooks.

The rear parts have much richer flowstone fills. There are some big lakes located in the cave. The biggest one with 15 m’s diameter and depth of 5 m belongs to the most unique in the Demänovská Valley. Flowstone dike and aquatic forms of speleothems give this place a great importance.

Štefanová Cave can be classified as vertical-horizontal one. Because of its unusual morfology, presence of rare speleothems and uncommon space configuration, the cave deserves a special attention.



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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