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Slovakia as a gate to the center of Earth

A one-day adventure in the form of three descents into the cave spaces of Slovakia.

by marekAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeSlovakia1 day / September 2008

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A stop at any mountain hut and a tasting of local cuisine will be a pleasant end of the trip.

The temperature in the coldest cave is around 0 all year round, so it is advisable to dress well.

Itinerary Overview

Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa/Dobšinská Ice Cave is one of the most enchanting places in Slovakia. Massive glaciers, several meters long trinkets and the color palette of these formations will remain in the memory of every visitor for a very long time. The cave has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List since 2000.


The Demänovská jaskyňa slobody/Demänovská Cave of Freedom is the dominant feature of the karst Demänovské Caves, the longest cave system in Slovakia (The length of the measured parts so far is 35.2 km). It is the most visited cave in Slovakia, which is definitely not a coincidence. Thanks to the presence of iron and manganese, its rich sinter filling bursts with many colors: from white through yellow, red to black.


The Demänovská ľadová jaskyňa/Demänovská Ice Cave is located in the picturesque surroundings of the Nízke Tatry/Low Tatras in the lower part of the Demänovská dolina/valley. After the Dobšinská Ice Cave, it is the second largest cave of its kind in Slovakia. Also called the dragon cave for the site of the bones of cave bears, which were incorrectly considered as dragons.

  • Day trip: Dobšinská Ice Cave
    World unique - lost in the Gemer
  • Day trip: Demänovská Cave of Liberty
    Underground Kingdom od colours!
  • Day trip: Demänovská Ice Cave
    Ice kingdom.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If you do not have enough time for visiting all of them we recommend you to skip Demänovská Ice Cave or if you do not want to travel a lot you can skip Dobšinská Ice Cave and stayed just in Demänovská valley.

  • Packing tips?

    The temperature in the coldest cave is around 0 all year round, so it is advisable to dress well.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The best and easyst option is to do it by car as all caves have parking place very near to the entrance and you can handle all of them by one day. But if you have anough time or do not have a car you can visit Dobšinská Ice Cave by train (unforgettable experience) or by bus and two others by train to Liptovský Mikuláš and then by bus.