State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
Štátna ochrana prírody

Zápoľná Cave

Fourteen metres deep cave was discovered during preparatory field work for the dam in 1939 – 1941. It is located under a steep limestone cliff Zápoľná, on the right hand side of the Čierny Váh valley close to the Svarín settlement. The entrance is at elevation of 755 m, 50 m above the bottom of the valley.

The Zápoľná Cave is formed in a rather narrow belt of Gutenstein limestones belonging to the White Váh series of the Choč Nappe. These aim to the northeast to the Kozie chrbty Hills and Važecký karst. New cave spaces were discovered by the caving group from Liptovský Mikuláš in 1997 and 1998. Thus the cave reached the length of 1,721 m with vertical span of 59 m.

The cave spaces represent a complicated labyrinth of passages and shafts, formed by corrosion activities of water connected with collapses and breakdowns of underground cavities. The cave is characteristic by oval and irregularly modelled spaces without signs of river modelling. Their origin was conditioned by slow water circulation and stagnation. The lowest parts of the cave comprise deep water siphons reaching under the level of Čierny Váh river, and their water level doesn’t coincide with the changes in the surface river.

The sedimentary cave fills are formed of loam, somewhere fine sand and debris. Frost weathering is boldly apparent in its entrance parts. By now no typical cave animals were found in this cave including bats, also due to little investigations in this field.

The Zápoľná Cave presents a typical example of corrosive cave formed in deeper zone of stagnant underground water.


Card payment - recommendation

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that due to the technical conditions of payment terminals, there may be situations when card payment will not be possible. For this reason, we recommend that you have an adequate amount of cash available if you want to be sure that you will be able to visit the cave. Thank you for understanding.

Demänovská jaskyňa slobody - long tour reopened from 1st July 2024

Dear visitors,

after a longer period we reopen the long tour in the Demänovska Cave of Liberty from the 1st of July 2024. The tour is open once a day at 13:15 from June to August (3 months) and at 13:00 during the rest of the opening days. Number of visitors is limited, the tour is demanding, with many steps and it takes more than one and a half hours. Cave temperature is around 7°C whole year round. We are looking forward to your visit. 

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.

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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