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Cave protection zones

Cave protection zone on the surface over the cave, which is or can be threatened by various activities, are declared by the territorially appropriate regional office for the environment according to § 24 section 8 of the act no. 543/2002 of the Legal Codes on nature and landscape protection on the basis of submitted project. The declaration aims to optimization of economic activities on the surface without disturbing influences on cave geosystems (exclusion of clear cutting in forests, limitation of fertilizing in agriculture, exclusion of erosion inductive activities, unfavourable influence of raw materials mining, construction and industrial activities etc.).

The Slovak Caves Administration has worked out the following projects of protection zones by now:

Caves Area of protection zone in hectars Year of working out the project Year of submitting the project to ROE State of the proceedings
Domica Cave 616,6912 2003 2003 Declared in 2005
Ochtinská Aragonite Cave 65,9635 2003 2003 Declared in 2009
Gombasecká Cave 758,4869 2003 2005 Declared in 2011
Brekovská Cave 15,2648 2003 2003 Declared in 2006
Bystrianska Cave 104,1694 2003 2003 Declared in 2005
Važecká Cave 967,6777 2003 2003 Declared in 2010
Liskovská Cave 15,8545 2003 2003 Declared in 2003
Demänovské Caves 634,3031 2003 2004 Declared in 2009
Ponická Cave 266,1791 2003 2004 Declared in 2009
Podbanište Cave 168,5265 2003 2003 Declared in 2005
Malá drienčanská jaskyňa 30,6752 2003 2003 Declared in 2006
Krásnohorská Cave 195,6266 2004 2005 Declared in 2007
Burda Cave 10,7563 2004 2005 Declared in 2007
Čachtická Cave 379,3191 2004 2005 Declared in 2005
Brestovská Cave 59,3073 2004 2005 Declared in 2008
Gombasecká Cave 642,4831 2011 2011 Declared in 2011
Jelenecká Cave 2,6877 2012 2012 Declared in 2012
Važecká Cave 87,3728 2010 2010 Declared in 2010

Further, it is planned to prepare the following projects of protection zones for caves: Milada, Ardovská (Slovak Karst), Bobačka, Ladzianskeho (Muránska Plateau), Driny (Malé Karpaty).

News

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

24.07.2018 Due to low yield of underground water 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

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