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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

All show caves closed

Dear visitors. We are sorry to inform you that all our show caves are still closed. The opening dates on each individual web pages are only tentative and we shall inform you in advance on real opening. Thanks for understanding.

Sprístupnené jaskyne zatvorené

23.04.2021 Vážení návštevníci, oznamujeme Vám, že stále sú všetky sprístupnené jaskyne zatvorené. Dátumy uvedené na stránkach jednotlivých jaskýň sú len odhadované. O otvorení jaskýň budete vopred v predstihu informovaní, akonáhle o ňom bude rozhodnuté. Ďakujeme za pochopenie.

13. vedecká konferencia - Výskum, využívanie a ochrana jaskýň

Správa slovenských jaskýň pripravuje na jeseň v poradí už 13. vedeckú konferenciu "Výskum, využívanie a ochrana jaskýň", ktorá bude súčasne pripomenutím si 100. výročia objavenia Demänovskej jaskyne slobody, 140. výročím objavenia Belianskej jaskyne, 70. výročím objavenia Gombaseckej jaskyne, 150. výročím prvého speleoarcheologického výskumu v jaskyniach Slovenska a tiež vyzdvihnutím Medzinárodného roka jaskýň a krasu vyhláseného UIS - Medzinárodnou speleologickou úniou s podporou ISCA - Medzinárodnej asociácie sprístupnených jaskýň. Záujemcovia si môžu stiahnuť cirkulár a vyplniť online registračný formulár.

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.

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.

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