Postojna Caves And Predjama Castle Tour – Slovenia

Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle is 9km from Postojna and is one of the world’s most dramatic castles. It teaches a clear lesson: if you want to build an impregnable fortification, put it in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a 123m cliff. Its four storeys were built piecemeal over the years from 1202, but most of what you see today is from the 16th century. It looks simply unconquerable.

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An audioguide (available in 15 languages) details the site’s highlights and history. The castle holds great features for kids of any age – holes in the ceiling of the entrance tower for pouring boiling oil on intruders, a very dank dungeon, a 16th-century chest full of treasure , and an eyrie-like hiding place at the top called Erazem’s Nook , named for Erazem (Erasmus) Lueger.

Postojna Cave

The jaw-dropping Postojna Cave system, a series of caverns, halls and passages some 24km long and two million years old, was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters a subterranean tunnel near the cave’s entrance.

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Visitors get to see 5km of the cave on 1½-hour tours; 3.2km of this is covered by a cool electric train. Postojna Cave has a constant temperature of 8°C to 10°C with a humidity of 95%, so a warm jacket and decent shoes are advised.

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