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

Driny Cave - attractions in the surroundings

Smolenice Castle

Distance from the cave: 2,7 km | Type: Castles and chateaux

A dominant of the Smolenice village is the Smolenice Castle, which towers on the eastern foothill of the Lesser Carpathians. The surrounding is suitable for short walking tours in forests, meadows or the Driny Cave. The castle is surrounded by a large and maintained park. A part of the outer fortifications, which are remains of the fort that guarded the Czech Road, with shooting range was preserved near the castle.

The castle serves both for recreation and scientific conferences and workshops. Its furnishing is similar to a hotel one, with dining rooms, reception rooms, sleeping rooms and conference halls.

Červený Kameň Castle

Distance from the cave: 13,0 km | Type: Castles and chateaux

The Červený Kameň castle was first mentioned in 1240 and is considerd one of the unique objects of the Central European construction. A museum documenting the life and way of housing of aristocracy was set up in the castle.

The public has access to the castle only from 1997. An exposition with several types of housing spaces from Renaissance to Historism style is available for visitors.

The Lesser Carpathians Protected Landscape Area

Distance from the cave: 14,6 km | Type: Zaujímavé miesto, Lyžovanie a turistika

It is the only large protected area of vineyard character in Slovakia. The Lesser Carpathians Mts. represent edge mountains of the inner Carpathians lying in their south-western tip. They form core mountains with specific evolution of crystalline core with both envelope and nappe units. There are various rocks in the area – granites, limestones, shales, phyllites, amphiboles and others.

Turčianske Teplice spa

Distance from the cave: 114,7 km | Type: City

Harmanec Tunnel – the longest tunnel in Slovakia

Distance from the cave: 120,2 km | Type: Places of interest

Another interesting side of the locality is traveling by train from Banská Bystrica to Diviaky. This 35 km long part of the railway has 22 tunnels cut through the Great Fatra Mts., ends with the Čremošné tunnel as an example of combination the construction and nature. The longest tunnel is the Harmanecký tunnel 4,700m long (28.9.1936).

The beauty of the Harmanecká Valley with so many tunnels is attractive also for the film makers. The tunnels can be seen in films Day, which won’t die (director Martin Ťapák, 1973), Thousand years' old bee (Juraj Jakubisko, 1983), Peacemaker (Mimi Leder, 1996),...

Harmanec Yew Forest

Distance from the cave: 124,3 km | Type: Places of interest

National nature reserve from 1949 with area of 20 ha to protect the natural old stand of the Tertiary relict – European Yew growing in the limestone beech forest stand. The location of European importance – Natura 2000.

Turecká village

Distance from the cave: 129,7 km | Type: City

Turecká village is located 17 km to the north-west from Banská Bystrica in the Great Fatra Mts. It lies at elevation of 610 m on the foothill of the Krížna massive with 1,574 m elevation. The first mentions on the village are from 1563. The original inhabitants were charcoal burners, who burned it for neighbouring mines in the Starohorská Valley. Turecká village is by its location predetermined for tourism, mainly the winter sports and mountain hiking.

Banská Bystrica city

Distance from the cave: 130,9 km | Type: City

Staré Hory 1536

Distance from the cave: 131,2 km | Type: Places of interest

Previous mining settlement (copper and silver), with a Baroque building of the old mining office and a dominant – pilgrim Gothic church from 1448. There is an interesting technical work of water power station above the village. Starting point for tours in the valley and Turecká village.

Great Fatra National Park

Distance from the cave: 132,8 km | Type: Places of interest

Rounded grassy highlands as remains of the Valahia colonizing create the peculiar character of this mountain range. The immigrants who flooded the Slovak mountains in 16th – 17th century cut out and burned off vast areas of forests, mainly in the crest positions of the mountains, thus changing them to pastures. Now when the shepherds gave way to nature protection in some places, the highland meadows begin to be grown over by trees again, but the characteristic trait of the landscape with picturesque vegetation and solitaires of trees still remains. The typical scenery of the Great Fatra mountains is shown by lonely slag of dolomite nappe on a grassy crest in the Kráľova studňa saddle.


Demänovská jaskyňa slobody - veľký okruh mimo prevádzky / long tour closed

Vážení návštevníci, 

prevádzkovanie veľkého okruhu v Demänovskej jaskyni slobody je dočasne pozastavené kvôli prebiehajúcim rekonštrukčným prácam na priľahlých úsekoch jaskyne. Predpokladané znovuotvorenie je v druhej polovici roka 2024. Ospravedlňujeme sa za prípadné nepríjemnosti.

Dear visitors,

operation of the long tour in the Demänovska Cave of Liberty is temporarily suspended due to ongoing reconstruction work in adjacent cave parts. We assume reopening in the second half of the year 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

Due to adverse conditions, 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


Správa jeskyní České republikyInternational Year of Caves and KarstHabakukyZajo