Postojna is a small town in the western part of Slovenia
, ideally located at the junction between Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Austria
. Although it looks like a common small village, every year about one million tourists
come here. The main reason is a cave, which is one of the most visited caves in the world.
The magical part of the karst, hidden between the Alps and the Adriatic, fascinates anyone who enters. It contains twenty kilometers of cave formations
and is three and a half million years old
. It provides habitat for 175 different species of animal
s, and the most well-known is the Grottenolm
- an endemic lurch species
found only here.
The path leads you first into the subterranean wealth of the Postojna Cave, with its majestic halls, various stalactites and mysterious animals
. It was discovered completely by accident in 1818
, and in 1819 it was opened for tourists
. In 1872
Postojna Cave launched the first railway in a stalactite cave in the world
, and even today you will have a comfortable 3.7km ride by train
, and then continue for 1.5km on foot (the tour lasts a full hour and a half). The cave was already supplied with electricity in 1884
(London only two years later) and all that because it enchanted the Austro-Hungarian King Franz Joseph so much- as well as, the now 39 million visitors, from all over the world.
You can quickly see why the Postojna Cave is an absolute top sight. Huge stalactites hang from the ceiling, gigantic stalagmites grow from the ground
(some over 16 meters high). An absolute highlight are the different-colored stalactites,
and especially the white specimens (which are not unjustly called "brilliants") are breathtaking, as they illuminate the entire hall by their rays. Another highlight is the concert hall
- a huge cave room with an underground lake and fantastic acoustics
(for up to 11,000 people!).
Just a few kilometers further on, in the firm embrace of a mighty rock, stands Predjama Castle
- a medieval wonder that has stood the test of time for more than 800 years
. Behind the largest caves castle in the world (listed in the Guinness Book of Records) is a network of secret passages, from which the Knight Erasmus of Predjama
went on his robberies, and it is one of the ten most fascinating castles in the world (so romantic that many couples choose it for their wedding vows.). The castle was the scene of numerous documentary and feature films and it also inspired George R. R. Martin - the author of the bestseller Game of Thrones.
Adrenalin-filled experiences, exciting legends and unforgettable adventures - discover all this, while vacationing in Istria or Kvarner, in one of our villas.
As mentioned in the headline: a journey that will undoubtedly be remembered forever!
A little tip: the park is open every day, even on public holidays.