Postojna Cave entrance

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  • Day320

    Postojna Caves

    May 12, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    There's a 1 minute video of the caves on our VnW Travels You Tube channel here:

    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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  • Day15

    Postojna Jama

    July 20, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    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

  • Day191

    Postojna, Höhle

    November 13, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

    Heute haben wir Nieselregen und 14 Grad. Genau das richtige Wetter für die Höhle.

    Am Eingang erinnert sich Jobo das wir damals mir den Kindern schon Mal hier waren, muss gefühlt 20 Jahre her sein.

    Mit einer kleinen Eisenbahn geht es ersteinmal 2 km in die Höhle rein. Dann 1 km zu Fuß und 3 km wieder raus. Die Größe der Höhlen ist beeindruckend. Leider sind auch mehrere Koreanische und Chinesische Besuchergruppen da. Dazu kommen noch mehrere Schulklassen. Wir fühlen uns fast wie in China.Read more

  • Day22

    Train Ride in a Cave

    May 21, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    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

  • Day10

    Postojnska jama

    May 31, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Auch hier waren wir wieder in einer Höhle, diese ist soo groß und langläufig, dass durch sie eine Bahn fährt. Mehrere Kilometer ist sie lang und das über mehrere Etagen. So beeindruckend groß sie allerdings auch war, und auch mit einer Bahn durch eine Trpfsteinhöhle zu fahren und anschließend diese auch zu Fuß noch zu erkunden, hat uns leider nicht so beeindruckt wie die Höhle in Solwenien. 😏 Dennoch ist diese Höhle auch einen Besuch wert, da sie einfach auch Gigantisch Groß ist und so viele Verschiedene Arten der Tropfsteine beherbergt.👌

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  • Day3

    Postumia: Grotte

    June 1, 2015 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Le Grotte di Postumia sono un’attrazione turistica eccezionale su scala mondiale che si trovano nel comune di Postumia – un paradiso sotterraneo di stalattiti e stalagmiti. Con i suoi 24 km di cunicoli, gallerie e sale maestose è uno dei sistemi di grotte più variegati nel mondo. Durante la visita potrete vedere la stalagmite più bella delle Grotte di Postumia, con i propri occhi potrete convincervi anche dell’esistenza del cucciolo di drago – del proteo. Una delle caratteristiche è anche che sono le uniche grotte del mondo con una ferrovia a doppio binario. La visita dura un’ora e mezzo, la guida è disponibile in 4 lingue, le audio guide in 17.
    Parte della grotta che è ora visibile ai visitatori è stata scoperta nel 1818 da un abitante del posto, la guida speleologa Luka Čeč. Le grotte sono considerate oggi le più visitate in Europa e allo stesso tempo il luogo turistico più visitato della Slovenia. Sino ad oggi sono state viste da oltre 37 milioni di visitatori entusiasti da tutto il mondo.  
    In un’ora e mezzo di visita il visitatore può vedere 5 km di cunicoli ben attrezzati dal punto di vista turistico. 3,7 km di questa si visitano con il trenino. Si consigliano indumenti caldi per i visitatori in quanto la temperatura nella grotta varia da 8 a 10 °C. 
    Le Grotte di Postumia vantano incredibili sale sotterranee. In una di queste, durante il periodo natalizio, viene allestito il più grande presepe vivente del mondo sotterraneo. La rappresentazione natalizia sotto le stalattiti vede recitare più di 500 persone!
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