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

The cave system entrance lies at elevation of 1,332 m. It is situated in the massif of the Krakova hoľa taking area more than 18 km2. The cave system consists of two connected caves – Cave V Záskočí and Cave Na Predných, with total length of 5,034 m of passages, shafts and domes with vertical distance of 284 m. This underground labyrinth is drained by the mountain range Prednie, to the end of the Záskočie Valley.

The Cave in Záskočie is formed in a complex of Middle Triassic limestones and dolomites. Pipe passages showing corrosion-erosion modelling of running water are characteristic for this cave.

The cave system consists of two main passages lying one above the other, which are divided by steps with several abyss sections. The passages represent two developmental levels of a fossil river. The next phase included also influence of seepage atmospheric waters along tectonic faults in limestones of the Krakova hoľa.

There are sediments of river origin containing shaped fragments of red sandstones, limestones and dolomites I many places. The fragments show a quite long transport by water course.

Cave fills comprise various forms of flowstone coatings and interesting white and translucent calcite crystals with special optical double deflection. Rounded cave pearls with 4-5 mm but also 20 mm diameter are in lakes and between the debris. They are white with matt to glassy surface. From the climatological point of view, the cave is a dynamic type with intensive air circulation.

Skeleton remains of cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) were found in the entrance parts, and come probably from the Pleistocene.



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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