In the heart of classical karst

    In the heart of classical karst

    Škocjan Caves are a unique natural phenomenon created by the sinking River Reka. They are famous for the largest canyon in Europe, which is 146 metres high.

    Škocjan Caves are among the most important caves in the world. They are located near Divača in the limestone region of the Karst. People have always been attracted to the mysterious gorge at the end of which the River Reka sinks into the underworld. The River Reka disappears under a rock face, on top of which is the village of Škocjan that lends its name to the caves.

    Inside Škocjan Caves

    Over millions of years, the river created a 2.6-kilometre-long underground canyon, which measures a staggering 146 m at its highest point. Incredible subterranean halls, natural bridges, natural windows, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, more than thirty waterfalls, and whitewaters create an incredible underground backdrop. The largest underground hall, Martel Hall, measures no fewer than 308 metres in length and is among the largest subterranean halls in the world.

    Trekking through Škocjan Caves

    You can tour the caves on a tour path, which is approximately three kilometres in length, and this will take you just under two hours. On this humid journey, you’ll cover no fewer than 500 steps and 144 metres of elevation difference, so suitable footwear is required.

    Stalactites and stalagmites in Škocjan Caves

    Over millions of years, the River Reka created a 2.6-kilometre-long underground canyon, which measures a staggering 146 m at its highest point.

    Škocjan Caves are located in the heart of wonderful green nature. They are surrounded by a regional park – this is an area of protected natural and cultural heritage with a network of educational and cycling trails. The park is a true outdoor museum where you can see the diverse features of the karst world. This is also the location of one of Slovenia’s most beautiful themed trails – the Škocjan Educational Trail.

    Škocjan Caves have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1986.