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Postojna

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  • Day65

    Into the Caves! Postojna Caves

    August 21, 2017 in Slovenia

    Amazing!! This is how these caves are described on the brochure- ' Tiny droplets have created an endless parade of crystal fancies in the underground halls. Truly a heaven underground.' We drove to the caves, about 45 minutes south of Ljubljana. The caves are truly breathtaking. The cave system is 240 kilometres long- enormous. A small train takes you into the mountain through the first chambers then you walk for 45 minutes through further chambers. The stalagmites and stalactites are created when droplets of water seep through the limestone- takes 40 years to grow 1 millimetre! And the 'curtain' ones take 70 years for a millimetre to grow!! The photos just don't go anywhere near showing this magnificent creation of nature!Read more

  • Day320

    Postojna Caves

    May 12, 2017 in Slovenia

    There's a 1 minute video of the caves on our VnW Travels You Tube channel here: https://youtu.be/9bK7pWFdiYg

    It was the last full day of Ali and Tom's visit and we had chosen to visit Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle about 55km South West of Ljubljana.

    Our experience at Škocjan caves had been incredible and we were keen to compare it with the more commercialised attraction at Postojna. The caves could only be explored with a guided tour and as they'd been promoted so heavily by the tourist board, we'd bought tickets (€23each!) on their website the night before for the 1pm slot. A group of around 50 people assembled at the starting point, before splitting up to congregate under half a dozen signs for various languages.

    After a short introduction, we went as part of the English speaking and largest group, to board the small train that would take us into the cave system. We hurtled through tunnels and at times felt the need to duck because of the head clearance, never mind poor Ali who is 6 inches taller! There was too much to take in at the speed we were going, the section of caves open to the public at Postojna is obviously longer than that at Škocjan; we even passed through a wide hall with a huge manufactured crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling and smaller decorative lights attached to the walls!

    Once off the train, we were told a little about the caves by our guide through a microphone and speaker system, before climbing 'the mountain' and looking back on an incredible array of stalagmites, stalactites, columns, stone chandeliers and flowstones. From then on we were able to walk at our own pace, catching up with the guide (or not) when they were informing the group about certain sections. The paths were wider and there were a greater range of formations here than at Škocjan, the route we took was also dry, as the river had redirected its course many years previously. Although we were warned not to use a flash, we were able to take photos here and it is great to have them to look back on.

    A real treat at the end of our underground adventure was to see some rare salamander-like creatures that were first discovered in the Postojna caves. The Proteus lives for up to 100 years, can go without food for 10 years due to its super slow metabolism and is blind, using instead its excellent sense of smell and weak electric fields to find its prey. Its skin isn't unlike human skin and it can grow to 30cm long. There were several living in a vivarium in the cave and it was amazing to be able to see them, although it was upsetting that others ignored the signs saying you shouldn't take any photos because the light damages the creatures. We took a photo of the black and white live film that was showing on a screen instead.

    We came to the happy conclusion that the commercialisation hadn't spoiled Postojna caves and we'd definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area!

    Predjama Castle was only 9km away so we drove over to take a look. After another difficult time parking, we walked a short distance and were afforded a good view of the fortress. What had motivated us to visit was its position, built in the mouth of a cave it was like something out of Lord of the Rings!

    We were all feeling pretty tired by this point so picked up some ready made pizzas, garlic bread and a large cream cake for our last meal with Ali and Tom in the van that evening.
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  • Day38

    Postojna and Predjamska Jama Castle

    October 11, 2016 in Slovenia

    What s phenomenal day today. Started the day with walking to the Grotto Caves called Postojna. We took a small train into the caves about 1 km down. We then meandered through the caves for two kms. We went down below the ground 140 metres and couldn't believe the amazing rock formations. Huge stalogmite columns. Felt like I was in a star wars movie. At one point the lights went out and it was sheer silence. After the cave tour we headed 9km up the road to Predjamska Jama where the castle was built into a rock cavern for protection purposes. It was amazing and had underground escape tunnels for its occupants to flee if war was about to break or if they were threatened. The stairs were so steep that a midget would never have made it up them. Tomorrow we head to Piran, the west coast and then to Trieste making our way ti Budapest Hungary.Read more

  • Day37

    Goriska brda, Medana, Jakoncic

    October 10, 2016 in Slovenia

    Neza(the student we met at the wine store two days ago) picked us up at 9am from our hostel. We drove out about 140 km to the west and started our first wine tasting at Medana. The kristancic family has been making wine for four generations. We tried 5 different wines and I bought a bottle of chardonnay the was oaked for two years. Incredible. We went to the local castle but it was closed. The landscape was unbelievable. Everything us planted on a slope & the first harvest isn't the fourth year. We then went to the Jakoncic vineyard where the family has been producing for 5 generations. We tried 7 different wines and mama brought a beautiful charcuterie platter. We had crossed Italy and slovenia in a matter of 30 seconds. Mitya the winemaker was wonderful and so knowledgable and the whole wine production area was so clean. Very forward thinking in the yse of barrels. Check out the old concrete (50 yrs ago) barrels (blue) and the new egg shaped barrels he is using now made from slovanian barrels. The most beautiful tasting room I have ever seen. We had dinner later at a local family restaurant which was wonderful and the Neza Drive us to our hostel in Postjana where we will explore the grotto and caves tomorrow. Can't wait. Right now there are a bunch of teenage boys dancing to polka music above us. Peculiar!Read more

  • Day28

    It is in the title. Basically I can let the photos do the talking.The caves are 23km long, a little electric train takes you underground for 2km and then you walk for about 1and a half km. Extremely well maintained and lit, although they do put the lights of for effect for a short time and then you know what complete and utter darkness is. Three levels to the caves created over millions of years by an underground river constantly doubling back on itself. The final stop at a huge cavern where the river still runs was the showstopper, with millions of gallons of water crashing down and the mist full of the smell of coal. I wonder if Jules Verne had the benefit of this experience before penning "Journey to the centre of the earth". Now do staligmites go up or down?oh yes up, it's the tites that come down.Read more

  • Day22

    Train Ride in a Cave

    May 21 in Slovenia

    Today we left Coatia for the last time on this trip and entered Slovenia. Our first destination was Postojna Caves.

    An electric train took us 3 miles into the cave where we disembarked and walked amoung amazing caverns and geologic formations.

    During WW II, German forces stored aircraft fuel inside the cave. Partisans blew up the fuel depot and it burned fpr 7 days. Formations near the depot are still blackened by the smoke.Read more

  • Day15

    Postojna Jama

    July 20, 2017 in Slovenia

    By a sudden impulsive idea we went towards the cave. After a bit of luck and running back and forth between hostels and lunch and laundry we made it for the train. The best arabic chicken wrap for lunch by the way! From a place called Abi Falafel. At the station we were saved from the heat by an automat with fresh orange juice. What a great concept! After some more luck everything worked out perfectly well and the caves were beautifull! Also a bit cold, though, but that finally justified us carrying all this clothes around Europe.Read more

  • Day11

    Postojna Caves

    June 6 in Slovenia

    Car hire pick-up day. Here we go, been awhile since I have driven a manual car on the right hand side of road. We picked the car from Avant, very quick and efficient. They are close to the outer ring road which makes it easy to get out of town and head south west to Postojna.

    The Postojna Caves are very touristy but well worth the visit. The caves have been open to the public for 200 years this year - incredible. There are over 24k’s of passages within the cave system, visitors get to see approx 5k’s.

    Entering the caves is on a schedule, we were lucky we did not have to wait to get onto the train. (I’m sure in high season this could be a problem, so it may be advisable to book ahead online). It is quite expensive, we paid €37 for the caves and Predjama Castle. The tour group is split up into language groups first, then you board a small open air train to travel 4k’s into the cave. This trip is quite spectacular and quite chilly. The temperature is approx 10C. On completion of the train ride you disembark for a guided tour of the cave system. It is spectacular, I have never been is such a huge huge cave system previously. The walking tour is approx 1 hour, all up it takes 1.5hours. The group is quite large so it can be hard to hear the guide at times. There is no flash photography or touching allowed. Unfortunately photos do not show the enormity of the actual caves.

    We headed to the Predjama Castle 9k down the road next. This castle is build on the side of a cliff, using both the inside cave and outside. An audio guide is provided for use as you make your way through the structure. It was quite busy, not the most impressive castle I’ve seen, but still worth a short detour.

    We head back to town only to find a park is not that easy. Our streets are closed with bollards, every spot we find is full. Eventually we ring Viktor, our host, who meets us and helps to find a legal park about 5 mins away from the house.
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Postojna, Adelsberg, Postumia, ポストイナ

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