"Postjonska Jama" Postojna Things to Do Tip by smirnofforiginal

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  Proteus from deep inside the cave
by smirnofforiginal
  • Proteus from deep inside the cave - Postojna
      Proteus from deep inside the cave
    by smirnofforiginal
  • Postjonska Jama - Postojna
  • Postjonska Jama - Postojna

Immensum ad antrum aditus! - Enter, traveller, into this immensity! Postojna Cave is a vast cave system. At 20km in length it is one of the largest in the world. You will see 5.7km of the cave, 4km of this will be by cave railway!

The tour starts at the cave railway station. The train takes you through tunnels to the Gothic Hall (richly decorated with stalgmites and stalactites). Onto the Congress Hall and finally to the Great Mountain (Velika Gora). By foot you then follow the passageways, cross the Russian Bridge (built by POW's in 1916) into the 500m long Beautiful Caves (Lepe Jame) where the stalctites and stalagmites are 2 million years old. Onto the Brilliant Passage where "The Brilliant" (natural formation) is found. Next you will go to a pool which contains the "human fish". Lastly you will be led into the Concert Hall (Koncertna Dvorana) - the largest in the system and can accommodate 10,000 people for concerts (which are held here). We happened to be there at the same time as a Barber Shop choir who gave us a performance - wow, the accoustics were amazing. Our children LOVED the Postojna Caves & proteus.

The "human fish" or olm or proteus anguinus is a bit like a salamander. It is the largest (known) permanent cave dwelling vertebrate. About 25 - 30cm in length it has a fin like tail & 4 legs - the front have 3 fingers and the back have 2 toes! The proteus is blind with almost invisible eyes but apparently has a fantastic sense of smell and can detect weak electric fields in the water. It can breathe in and out of the water, it's skin has no pigmentation, they can go for years without eating and do not reach sexual maturiy until 16 or 18!

May to September the tours run hourly and cost 2900/1400 SIT adult/child

The Vivarium - which if you are lucky you'll get to go in and see all the strange, weird and wonderful beasties that live in the caves. Our timing was dreadful, we got there with 1 minute before it closed! I would have loved to have seen it.

Directions: Road signs point you inthe right directions & as is probably Slovenia's most famous & visited cave it appears on pretty much all maops of Slovenia as a sort of landmark.
Website: http://www.postojnska-jama.si/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 18, 2007
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