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Važecká Cave

Vážení návštevníci,

v zmysle platných COVID opatrení platí od 4.10.2021 pre jaskyňu vstup len s RESPIRÁTOROM v režime OTP.

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Underground treasury of the Upper Liptov

The Važecká Cave is one of the most known caves in the northern Slovakia. Though by length it belongs among the short show caves, it is known by occurrence of rich dripstone decoration, remarkable findings of cave bear bones, as well as by rare cave fauna.

Opening times and cave map


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Časy vstupov

Važecká Cave
9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00

Price list


Cave tour Adults Children 6-15y.,
handicapped people *1
Students,
> 60 years *2
Photo-Video
without using a tripod *3
Extra
admission *4
Važecká Cave 6,00 € 3,00 € 5,00 € 7,00 € 30,00 €

Notes:

*1 - Children from 6 to 15 years; disabled over 15 years with valid certificate
*2 - Full-time students - if studying at a university, a confirmation of student status for the current academic year; Persons over 60
*3 - Photo-Video - Taking pictures and short video recording without using a tripod can be accomplished only during cave visit after payment of entrance fee and extra fee for taking pictures. The fluency and safety of cave operation mustn’t be disrupted.
*4 - Extra admission can be enabled by the cave manager on visitor’s request only between the times of regular admissions and after paying the admission fee and extra fee. The fluency of cave operation mustn’t be disrupted.

Payment with bank card is not possible. Closest 2 ATMs - Štrba - 9 km.

 

Cave tour


Duration Lenght Average temperature
Važecká Cave 25 min 235 m 6,5 - 7,1 °C

The length of show path is 235 metres, vertical distance 5 metres, 88 steps. The duration of visit is about 25 minutes. Cave temperature is between 6,5 °C and 7,1°C.

There is rich snow-white flowstone decoration, small lakes and significant palaeontological finding place of cave bear bones, which lived here and stayed in cave all year long. Skeleton remains are located almost entirely in caves. It was prevailingly herbivore. The bear ate plants and berries and very seldom smaller animals.

Basic information and contact


Cave manager:Milan Orfánus
Adress:032 61 Važec
Phone:+421/ (0)44/ 529 41 71
E-mail:vazecj@ssj.sk
District:Liptovský Mikuláš
Region:Žilinský
Cadastral territory:Važec
Geomorphological unit:Nízke Tatry
Designation:Sprístupnené SSJ, Národné prírodné pamiatky
Lenght:530 m
Depth:0 m

Location


It is located in the Važecký Karst on the contact of the Kozie chrbty with the Liptovská Basin, on the western edge of Važec village. Cave entrance is 8 m above the bottomland of Biely Váh, at elevation of 784 m.

Access to cave


It is located in the Važecký Karst on the western edge of Važec village between Liptovský Mikuláš and Poprad. The parking is immediately at the cave.

Car access to cave:

  • from Liptovský Mikuláš direction Poprad – 30 km
  • from Poprad through Svit direction Žilina – 25 km

The closest stop of public transport:

  • Važec (bus, train)

GPS súradnice

N 49,0561981 E 19,9719009
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Natural settings


Važecká CaveIt is formed in the Middle Triasic dark-grey Gutenstein limestones of the Biely Váh Series of the Choč Nappe, by ancient ponor waters of the Biely Váh side branch. Cave length is 530 m. Original river modelled passages are in several places reshaped by collapses, mainly along the interbed limestone surfaces.

Underground spaces are decorated mostly by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone pools. A large part of the cave is filled with fine-grained sediments from floods of the Biely Váh River and perhaps also from waters of the ponor water flow in half-blind valley in Priepadlá

Air temperatures range between 6.5 and 7.1 °C, relative humidity between 94 and 96 %. Entrance parts are influenced by climatic changes on surface during the year, which are demonstrated by frost weathering of limestones.

Važecká CaveThe cave represents an important palaeontological finding place of cave bear bones (Ursus spelaeus). From among cave invertebrates, the finding of Eukoenenia spelaea is remarkable and unique and means the northest occurrence of a representative of this order of palpigrades, by what the Važecká Cave ranks among the biospeleological localities of the European importance. Sporadical occurrence of several bat species was recorded in the cave.

History


Važecká CaveThe entrance hall was known to local people since long ago. The continuation of cave spaces was discovered by O. A. Húska with assistance of A. Somr in 1922. Thanks to F. Havránek, who rented the cave from the Važec landowners and provisionally opened it to the public as early as 1928. The official assessment permiting opening the cave for public is from 1934. The spaces behind the Stone Dome were discovered by F. Havránek and members of the Speleological Club from Brno (O. Ondroušek, E. Coufalík, J. Balák and R. Kunc) in 1952. After the reconstruction of show path and installation of electric lighting is the cave in operation since 1954. The surveyors from Turista penetrated into the side passage behind the Gallery in 1962 – 1963 and the cavers from the regional group of SSS Liptovský Mikuláš in 1988 – 1989. Public has access to 235 m of path.

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COVID režim vstupov jaskyňa

Vážení návštevníci,

v zmysle platných COVID opatrení platí od 4.10.2021 pre jaskyňu vstup len s RESPIRÁTOROM v režime OTP.

COVID režim vstupov sprístupnené jaskyne

Vážení návštevníci

vzhľadom k dynamicky sa meniacej situácií na Slovensku, budeme priebežne informovať o uplatňovaní COVID AUTOMATu pri jednotlivých jaskyniach. Do jaskýň je možný vstup len s prekrytými dýchacími cestami a sú prevádzkované buď v režime ZÁKLAD alebo OTP. Režim ZÁKLAD znamená vstup všetkých návštevníkov s prípadným obmedzením počtu a režim OTP znamená vstup plne zaočkovaných, negatívne otestovaných a tých, čo prekonali ochorenie COVID pred menej ako 180 dňami. Stupeň ohrozenia zas určí, či je dýchacie cesty nutné prekryť rúškom alebo respirátorom.

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 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.

100. výročie objavu Demänovskej jaskyne slobody

Dňa 2.8.2021 sme si pripomenuli 100. výročie objavu Demänovskej jaskyne slobody, ktorú 3.8.1921 objavil moravský učiteľ Alois Král v sprievode Adama Mišuru z Demänovskej doliny. Pri tejto príležitosti bol obnovený náučný chodník vedúci k jaskyni a v kultúrnom programe v Hlbokom dóme pripomenulo atmosféru objavu krátke vystúpenie divadla Gasparego z Liptovského Mikuláša s hudobným sprievodom kapely IM PLANET z Ružomberka pod režijným stvárnením J. Mikuša. Slávnostné zhromaždenie sa konalo za účasti štátneho tajomníka MŽP SR M. Kiču, generálneho riaditeľa ŠOP SR D. Karasku, starostky Demänovskej Doliny Ľ. Klepáčovej, riaditeľa SSJ J. Zuskina a hostí z VÚC Žilinského kraja, úradov životného prostredia, ŠOP SR, urbárov a pod.

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!
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