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Postojna is located about 75km south-west of Ljubljana and is easily accessible by both road and rail. Postojna is famous for its caves which have been visited by tourists and important dignitaries for hundreds of years. In fact, signatures of visitors dating back to the 13th century have been found with the oldest dating from 1213. Even though the town was first mentioned in 1136, it wasn’t until the railway was built in 1857 that tourism really kicked off (more than 30 million people have visited since 1818) and the town we see today was built although there is nothing of note to visit in the town itself.

The caves are part of the Karst cave system which at 20.5km long makes up one of the largest cave systems in the world. One of life’s most bizarre creatures, the Proteus Anguinus (more commonly known as the Human Fish, a type of salamander), lives exclusively in the caves. They are located about 1km north-west of the town centre and are a must thing to do when visiting Slovenia even if they are expensive to enter.

  • Last visit to Postojna: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Oct 10, 2006
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  • Aug 28, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    My pop was born in the modrijan mill. One day i hope to make it over there to check it out. Thanks for the pictures. Adriana Modrijan-Tasmnia

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    Jan 4, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Thanks for the look at the caves, am wondering if I should add to our trip. $22US is a high price for an hour tour!

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