LJUBLJANA to POSTOJNA CAVE and PREDJAMA CASTLE
Our tour from Ljubljana to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle includes private or SIC transfer and tour guiding to show you two of the most prominent points of Slovenia.
On our excursion from Ljubljana to Postojna, we will head in the direction of the Notranjsko-Kraška region (SE Slovenia) to the town of Postojna and its beautiful cave. We will join a tour of one of the largest and most beautiful monuments of the Karst – Postojna Cave. The electric train will take us through the tunnels of the cave, which is with its 20 km long cave system the most impressive and the most visited cave in Europe. We will be able to spot human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world. They are the largest and the only type of underground vertebrates in Europe, which used to be believed to be dragon offspring.
Our excursion to Postojna will conclude with a tour of the mighty Predjama Castle from the 12th century, which is mounted on a 123 m high cliff above the Lokva River. There are many tales and legends about the castle and its knights. The most famous of them all is the story of Knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled in the 15th century against the emperor and became the first Slovenian Robin Hood.
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The biggest classical karst cave with as much as 20 km long cave system is the most visited cave in Europe and one of the largest karst monuments in the world. Located only about half an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, it welcomes you to an entirely different, mystical underground world.
TIP: The cave has a constant temperature of about 8°C – 10°C, so you will need an additional layer (pullover or jacket) even in summer.
What to see in/near Postojna Cave
The illuminated trail leads through the Great Mountains (Kalvarije) across the Russian bridge, built by Russian prisoners during World War I in 1916, to the beautiful Tubes’ Hall, White Hall and Red Hall – until Brilliant Passage, where the most famous stalagmite Brilliant, the symbol of the Postojna Cave, is located. In a large concert hall, you can see an aquarium with human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world.
What to do in/near Postojna Cave
Guided tour of Postojna Cave includes walking and driving by an underground train, where you can admire 5 km of tunnels, passages and spectacular halls. By Hotel Jama in front of the cave, you can visit the souvenir shop and get a baby dragon of your own. Enquire about additional experiences and activities in the area!
Where to go in/near Postojna Cave
If you can spare a day or two, you can stay at the recently renovated Hotel Jama, located only 100 m from the cave entrance. Situated in the heart of the Postojna Cave Park, it offers pleasant natural surroundings and proximity to attractions such as Predjama Castle, Pivka Cave and Postojna adventure park.
Predjama Castle tour is a must when visiting Slovenia! It is listed among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle in the world. Carved in a 123 m high towering cliff, it is a unique Renaissance structure with a hidden passageway under the cliff. Picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable, it has been dominating this area for over 800 years.
Fun fact: Due to its location and favourable temperatures, the cave under the castle is inhabited by a colony of bats, which is why entering there is only possible between May and September (when not hibernating).
What to see in Predjama Castle
Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the history of medieval people. With ingenuity and special construction techniques, they found shelter from the intruders there that you get to explore 6 centuries later! Inside the castle, you can see a renovated room in the main attic with an amazing view of the entire valley below the castle, where a number of replicas of various weapons, armours and firearms are on display.
What to do in Predjama Castle
Predjama is also the venue for a special medieval-inspired event that takes place every summer: Erazem’s Knight Tournament. This is a wonderful opportunity for archers, knights, swordsmen and horsemen to show their skills and offer the visitors a presentation of the historic way of life from a time long gone.
Where to go in Predjama Castle
Special audio guides available in 17 languages guide you on a tour of Predjama Castle and present you its legacy. You can also visit the spot where Erazem of Predjama was assassinated and walk to the linden tree, under which he is resting (as legend has it). Remember to take a photo stop on the bridge leading to the castle!
- Duration: 5h
- Price includes: Transport, English speaking guide, entrance fees to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle and organization.
- * Prices may vary depending on the departure point and group size. These prices include departure from and arrival to your hotel in Ljubljana.