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Caves

The caves are special natural phenomena, which appeal both to the public and experts of various orientation. In comparison with other natural phenomena, they mark themselves out by original and unique features accentuating the mystery of underground. Unusual and unforgettable is the view of various shapes of dripstones, water preserved rocky shapes, mighty underground halls, underground canyons with roaring waters or crystal clear lakes. Ice fill is a dominant feature of some caves. Well known ae also the findings of extinct animal bones. Many species of animals live in our caves where, except for the bats, there are many tiny animals accommodated to underground life. Since the man had entered caves already in late past and some of them he used for prehistoric dwelling, they are places with historical and archaeological findings.

Many such singularities can be seen by visitors of show caves in Slovakia, which are in one year visited by around  500-thousand of home and foreign guests. Show caves as educational locations have an important mission not only in environmental education, but also within the framework of tourism. Every visitor should realize that the caves are very sensitive to any unsuitable impact of man and that’s why their protection requires increased attention.

The respect to caves embodies also the respect to cavers who often on the edge of human abilities discover, survey the unknown underground.

Map with caves

Cave map shows the location of show caves and some important caves or caves used for various purposes.

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Cave highlights

There are more than 7,000 caves in Slovakia including shorter ones of overhang character. The largest system is the Demänovské cave system, which is more than 35 km long...

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Other show caves

Some caves are open to public but their operation is secured by other subjects than the Slovak Caves Administration.

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Caves freely open to public

At present Regulations are being prepared by the Regional offices for the environment which will set the conditions for entering and behaving in freely accessible caves The list of freely open caves and the part for public, together with their location will be parts of the Regulations.

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The most important caves

More than 44 caves and abysses in Slovakia, which present a part of the most significant natural heritage of the state were designated natural nature monument.

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Show Caves SSJ

Show Caves belong among the real gems of Slovakia. More of them are known throughout Europe and world. As such, they present interesting ways for beauty and knowledge.

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News

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 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.

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. Jaskyne budú 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.

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!

International Year of Caves and Karst

The Slovak Caves Administration as a member of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA) fully supports the initiative of the International Speleological Union (UIS) to declare the year 2021 the International Year of Caves and Karst. In spite of their occurrence, the benefits of caves and karst are not commonly known to many people on the planet. So the main goal „EXPLORE, UNDERSTAND and PROTECT“ is our task for this year 2021.

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