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The most important caves

As much as 44 caves and abysses, which represent a part of the most valuable natural heritage in Slovakia, were designated national nature monuments. As a part of the world heritage site, we can include here also other caves and abysses of the Slovak Karst. As type localities they represent morphological and genetical variety of underground karst phenomena, various forms of calcite and aragonite fill, monumentality and exceptionality of permanent glaciation, various forms of cave fauna, but also remarkable archaeological and historical monuments.

Ramsar wetlands

Ramsar wetland site - Domica was included among the internationally important underground wetlands on the basis of two basic criteria. The territory represents rare, representative and special example of natural type of underground wetland within whole Europe. The specific conditions of underground karst system and its waters offers favourable place for life of many rare, vulnerable and endangered species of terrestric and aquatic cave animals.

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National nature monuments

The caves are a part of the natural heritage of the Slovak Republic. The act of the NC of SR no. 287/1994 On Nature and Landscape Protection enacted all the caves and abysses in Slovakia natural monuments. The most important ones are declared by the Ministry of the Environment the national nature monuments.

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World Natural Heritage

The glamour and mystery of our world natural heritage can be admired only by visitors of show caves. Other caves and abysses of the world heritage are not open to public. Many of them are hardly accessible. Only experienced cavers and speleoalpinists with the help of roping technique or by demanding climbing or crawling can enter these caves and abysses.

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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

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.

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