Park Postojna cave somehow comes out of the cliché of all those caves that I have already visited.
And so many times I was stepping down into so many caves, and they all resembled each other.
Dark, humid, and cold … My view is always directed to the beautiful cave jewelry which is hanging above my head … and of course…the drops of water that flow from them directly behind my neck … so cold … Even now I shake when I think of them … brr
I was expecting this scene few more times in my life …
But this tour through the Postojna cave was so different and unique…
This time it wasn’t so dark … it’s mostly light up and the floor is tiled for easier movement … even more than that … It’s the only cave which I could pass by train :).
Postojna cave is one of top 3 attractions that you must see in Slovenia. Everything is organized in the way that you could spend few hours or all day.
What you should keep in mind when you go to Postjna cave is that you must also see Predjama Castle from the XIII century.
Mere 9 km from Postojna cave, it is situated in the middle of a towering cliff. This is the biggest cave-castle in the world.
The castle is now a museum which works every working day until 16h or 17h.
Once upon a time, a famous movie with Jackie Chan was filmed there. Also, Discovery channel made its movie there.
The Park Postojna Cave
It was discovered back in 1818, and some research suggests that cave had its first visitors in the 13th century.
It is located 54 km from Ljubljana (road to Trieste) and only a few kilometers from the highway. For all those who come by car or a tourist bus, there is a large parking place in the park itself.
There are plenty of restaurants and restrooms. And if you want to spend the night, there is a hotel, Jama Hotel, within the Postojna Cave Park.
What fascinated me was the visit of more than 30 million tourists. It only shows that the Postojna cave was worth of my attention, and it is worthy of your if you have never been.
The Postojna Cave is also the largest cave in the Karst region. Its length is 24 km, and for visitors, it is adjusted to 5 km.
Apart from being the biggest, it is the only one in the world that you can have a tour by train.
The temperature is somewhere between 8-10°C, and for sure you need a light jacket or sweater just in case is too cold for you.
The Postojna Cave extends to 3 levels.
The lowest level is the darkest one. Through it flows a river, and from where it is the Proteus or Human fish or Olm.
One more thing in which the Postjna cave is unique cave in the world.
Of course, this is a olm copy which you can take home for a few euros … because you will not be able to make a photo of the original, even though it is exposed in the biggest hall in the cave :).
Olm can grow up to 30 cm. How can I convey to you its beauty I’ll just say … ugly for me, it looks like a slimy … no pigmentation because it is adapted to live in darkness. But no matter what … I finally saw her alive 🙂
For the olm is believed to be a descendant of a baby dragon 🙂
Although she lives in a cave, she does not come out of it… we didn’t see the baby dragon emitting fire… Maybe you could see it, but for an extra charge 🙂
The Cave tour
The train tour ride is phenomenal. From the 5km trail for tourists, I passed with a train about 3.5 km and about 1.5 km on foot. The whole tour is packed in 1.5h to 2h. So there is plenty of time for the Predjama castle or café and the Park Postojna cave itself.
For me, this was not an ordinary tour of the cave, but it is a phenomenal tour of one 200 years old underground city. Numerous tunnels, rooms, ornaments … pools … as one big city of ghosts and 150 animal species that can be found there 🙂
The famouse one hall is Concert hall so big then you cant imagine. You can put 10 000 people in the same time in that hall…really concert hall.
The most significant works of Mother Nature in Postojna Cave:
Hen with chicken
Leaning tower (associated with the one in Pisa) and
Within the Postojna Cave, at the exit, there is an exhibition space … and a large aquarium with specimens of the Olm … Which, as I told you, you will not be able to make a photo of. But they also bridged it because at the exit you also have a souvenir shop where you can buy a lot of memories that will remind you of the Postojna Cave.
Park around Postojna cave
Beautiful green park with trails everywhere. We have decided to, instead of sitting in a cafe, have a walking tour around the park Postojna cave. I recommend that to everyone, really beautiful feeling especially if the weather is sunny.
And trail down to the river side
With a beautiful view
With the opportunity to see an old watermill.
And at the end, to drink coffee for a goodbuy 🙂