The Driny Cave is the only show cave in the western Slovakia and one of the main tourist attractions of the Lesser Carpathians. As compared with other show caves in Slovakia, where usually larger underground spaces prevail, it represents a system of narrow fissure passages, however with beautiful dripstone decoration.
10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30
handicapped people *1
> 60 years *2
without using a tripod *3
|Driny Cave||7,00 €||3,50 €||6,00 €||7,00 €||30,00 €|
*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 - Smolenice, SNP Square - 4 km.
NO RESERVATIONS OF ADMISSIONS ARE PROVIDED. During low visiting numbers the admission are scheduled according to preset times, however during high visiting numbers the admissions are organized continuously in intervals corresponding to current possibilities at individual caves, i.e. also between the preset times.
|Driny Cave||35 min||450 m||7,1 - 7,8 °C|
The show path is 450 m long with 10 m vertical distance and 151 steps. The visit in cave lasts 35 min. Cave temperature is from 7,1 to 7,8°C.
Cave interior consists of narrow fissure passages (Collaborators’ Passage, Beňovský‘s Passage, Slovak Speleological Society Hall). A rich sinter fill decorates fissure underground spaces. Flowstone draperies with indented facing are typical for this cave. Flowstone waterfalls and flowstone structures, pagoda-like stalagmites and various forms of stalactites occur her. Also small flowstone pools, supplied with water by percolating rainfall water, can be found here.
|Cave manager:||Ing. Peter Zvonár|
|Adress:||919 04 Smolenice|
|Phone:||+421/ (0)33/ 558 62 00|
|Geomorphological unit:||Malé Karpaty|
|Designation:||Sprístupnené SSJ, Národné prírodné pamiatky|
It is the only show cave in the Western Slovakia. It is located in the Smolenice Karst in the Lesser Carpathians Mountains, south-westerly from Smolenice, in the Trnava district and near the recreation resort Jahodník. The cave lies in the territory of the Lesser Carpathians Protected Landscape Area. The entrance is situated on the western slope of the Driny Hill, which protrudes from the south-western hillside of Cejtach and lies 399 m above sea level.
The parking place is about 1 km away from the Smolenice village close to the recreational centre Jahodník, to the northwest from Trnava in the Lesser Carpathians. The distance from parking place to the cave is 1 km by a forest road with vertical distance of 100 m, the access lasts about 20 min. The end of access trail is a little steeper with 100 steps.
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It is formed in brown-grey Lower Cretaceous chert limestones of the Vysocký Nappe by corrosion of atmospheric waters penetrating along tectonic faults. The cave reaches the length of 680 m and vertical span of 40 m. It consists of narrow fissure passages, from one to three meters wide (Collaborators’ Passage, Beňovský‘s Passage, Passage of Hopes) and not big hall spaces (Slovak Speleological Society Hall), formed mostly on intersection of tectonic faults. The discovery chimney, which descends to 36 m’s depth from the upper opening to the intersection of the Entrance Passage (Vstupná chodba) with the Collaborators’ Passage, has a character of doline chimney.
A rich sinter fill decorates fissure underground spaces. Flowstone draperies with indented facing are typical for this cave. Flowstone waterfalls and flowstone structures, pagoda-like stalagmites and various forms of stalactites occur her. Also small flowstone pools, supplied with water by percolating rainfall water, can be found here.
Air temperature in the rear parts of the Driny Cave ranges between 7,1 and 7,8 °C, relative humidity between 92 and 97 %. Influences of outside climate show themselves under the Discovery Chimney, which communicates with the surface, and in the Entrance Passage. Air temperature in these spaces reaches from 5,6 to 8,7 °C
Eleven bat species have been found here by now. The most abundant is the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros). From among other species the following ones can be found here: Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), Greater Mouse-Eared Bat (Myotis myotis), Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus), Common Long-Eared Bat (Plecotus aurituss), and others.
The mysterious hole on the Drinkový Hill was known to local people as early as the 19th century. J. Banič and I. Vajsábel roped down to deeper parts of the doline chimney in 1929. J. Prudík established a Committee for Cave Research in 1931 with the aim of Smolenice caves research. They entered the cave to 36 m’s depth from surface in 1932. In order to create suitable condition for opening the cave for public, the Cooperative for the Driny Cave and Lesser Carpathians Karst Research Ltd. was established in Smolenice in 1933, thanks to J. Beňovský. The lower entrance was thirled in 1933 and interior adaptations started. J. Prudík, J. Banič and J. Kratochvíl discovered the Beňovský Passage in 1934. In 1935 and in relation to the changes of the cave economic management, the Cooperative approved a new charter and name altered to Smolenické Driny Caves and Resorts, Cooperative Ltd. seated in Smolenice. In the same year, the cave was opened to public with a provisional electric lighting in the length of 175 m. Proper electric lighting was installed in 1943. In 1950 the cavers headed by J. Majko, A. Droppa and L. Blaho discovered the Hall of the Slovak Speleological Society, which was together with the Loamy Passage and the Passage of Hopes opened to public in 1959. The length of tourist path is 410 m.
The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration in cooperation with the International Union of Speleology (UIS), the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, and the Slovak Speleological Society is preparing the 9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX), which will take place on May 9-13, 2022 (originally to take place in 2020, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Dobšiná Ice Cave, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic). The International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC) is a series of scientific events dedicated to the research and protection of ice caves, which are among the most vulnerable natural phenomena. International experts present the latest results and discuss ongoing research, and support global cooperation in the field of ice cave science and management measures. Those interested in the IWIC-IX can download the 1st circular and fill out the online registration form.
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 or completely vaccinated 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.