There are thousands of caves in Slovakia. The majority of them are hidden or undiscovered. Only a handful number of caves in Slovakia (out of 2,400+) are available to wide public. Many of them can be enter only with experienced guides.
Caves in Slovakia have the world’s highest occurrence of stalagmite, aragonite and sinter formations and an ice filled abyss. Several of them have been on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Dobšinská Ice Cave
Dobšinská ice cave belongs among the most beautiful ice caves in the world. Its located near the mining town of Dobšiná in the Slovak Paradise. In 2000 it became another Slovak cave added to the UNESCO world heritage list. The cave was discovered in 1870 and opened to the public one year after its discovery. In 1887, it was the first electrically lit cave in Europe.
Another one of the most visited caves in Slovakia in Belianska Cave. It is located in the High Tatra Mountains and it is over 2 miles long. This nature’s wonder is well known for its beautiful and unique stalactites formations. The cave was discovered in the 18th century, although it is presumed that it was used by pre-historic people. It was opened in 1884 and electrically lit in 1896.
Domica Cave belongs among the longest caves of the Slovak Karst National Park. Its known for precious archaeological findings, occurrence of flowstone shields and drums. The cave also belongs to the list of Slovak caves listed on the UNESCO world heritage site. The Caves of Slovak and Aggtelek Karst“. The passages were shaped by the waters of an underground river. Its beautiful for its cascades of stalactite lakes and variously shaped stalactites domed temples.
The Jasovská Cave can be also found in the Slovak Karst National Park. Visitors can admire its rich calcite flowstone fill, remarkable rocky shapes, abundant bat occurrence, archaeological archaeological discoveries of the Paleolithic, Neolith and the Hallstatt periods. Along with a number of caves of the Slovak Karst, Jasovská Cave has been also added the UNESCO World Heritage list for its beauty and uniqueness.
Demänovská Ice Cave
The Demänovská Ice Cave is one of the most visited caves in Slovakia. It belongs into the the system of Demänovská caves located on the northern side of the Low Tatras Mountains which is the longest system in Slovakia. It is known for its rich flowstone fill of various colors and magical formations on both sides of the underground river Demänovka. The ice cave was first mentioned in 1299 and is one of oldest known caves in Europe.