Slovenian Karst

Slovenia is a karstic land, and its region of Kras (Karst) in fact provided the name for all such phenomena in the world, since the experts first analysed these phenomena right there. Every year cavers discover new caves in Slovenia, and to date there are more than 8,000, while just over 20 have been arranged for visitors. The biggest and most popular of these is Postojna Cave, home of the proteus salamander. Many visitors are also enthralled by Škocjan Caves, which are on the world natural and cultural heritage list kept by UNESCO. Snežna jama (Snow Cave) below Mt. Raduha is also a special attraction with its ice stalactites. The shallow-karst caves in Dolenjska are also quite extraordinary.

Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world's largest karst monuments. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for such popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors, which has already reached 34 million in 200 years.

The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area of Postojna Cave, perched high up in a vertical cliff, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. It is an interesting and romantic sight throughout the year: in the spring and the summer its surroundings are abundant with blossoms and flowers, in the autumn it is clad in the colours of surrounding forests and it is at its most enchanting in the winter when the surrounding area is covered in snow. It was referred to in writing for the first time in 1202.

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