State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
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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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Demänovská jaskyňa slobody otvorená od 3.10.2023

Oznamujeme návštevníkom, že Demänovská jaskyňa slobody bude po rekonštrukcii elektroinštácie znovu otvorená od 3.10. 2023. Tešíme sa na Vašu návštevu.

Dear visitors, the Demänovská Cave of Liberty will be opened again from 3rd October 2023 after electric installation reconstruction. We are looking forward to your visit.


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!

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


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