Caves and a Castle – exploring Slovenia

On 10th Aug my best friends mum was visiting so we did a tour to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. It was a small group tour in a minivan a total of 5 of us which was nice. ( I prefer smaller day tours, although can be harder to get in summer). The first thing to note is do take seriously what you read about a location especially for a tour. The caves are a constant 9 -10 C, yes even in summer. We had to rummage through my wardrobe for a winter jacket and walking shoes for my friend. Good walking shoes are essential.

We got picked up at our nominated spot, a nearby hotel where I could easily leave the avant2go car. On the tour was a couple form Idaho and another man and us. Our guide had a quirky sense of humour and was good at explaining a few different things about Slovenia. The drive took about 45 mins to get to the caves. We had time to have a break before heading into the caves, where we leave our driver for the next hour and half. A small open air train takes us and many others about 5kms into the cave. Yes we needed the jackets, its cool underground. We are met by an English speaking guide and start our walk through this underground marvel of creation . Its a relatively easy walk, but you do have to be careful as the ground is wet and the paths surface is smooth, there are handrails to help and the trek is steep at times going up and down. But as you can see from the photos below its worth it to see such amazing creations of Nature.

Lots of different colours, shapes, sizes. Some stalactites looked like fine folds of material, perfectly formed. others were just starting to form as can be seen in the photo below of the hundreds of tiny stalactites. Interesting fact the caves are too cold for bats to live.

After getting topside, enough time to warm up, grab a bite to eat or just enjoy the sunshine before heading back to the van for the trip to the Castle.

The Predjama castle is the largest cave Castle in the world and is about 9 kms from the Postojna caves. Its exactly like the photos you see. Its a medieval castle, so it would have been freezing cold in winter but very safe as no one could approach without being seen. The inside is set up to show you what life was like back in the day. I didn’t climb all floors as my knees were to sore, will do it another trip. Below a couple of photos from the castle and also of the countryside along the way.

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