The Predjama Castle is an impregnable medieval pearl that has been perched in the middle of a 123-metre-high cliff. Beneath the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels, from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions.
The Postojna cave is the world’s most captivating cave with magnificent cave formations and diverse fauna. In its 200 years old history the cave was visited by more than 34 million visitors. The Postojna cave boasts 20km of towering mountains, murmuring rivers and vast subterranean halls and it is the only place where you can encounter baby dragons. You will be invited for a ride on an electric train down a 5km long trail during which you will experience the magnificence of the cave’s underground.
Rakov Škocjan a nature park, once a cave, received its name after the river Rak and the church of saint Kancijan. The path through the valley invites visitors to experience this unique natural environment full of karst phenomena with its main natural sights being a small and big natural bridge.
Lake Cerknica the intermittent (disappearing) lake became famous worldwide as an area where cattle can graze, farmers can work on wide fields, people can catch fish and drive boats. When the lake is full, it is the largest lake in Slovenia, but then it dries up and reveals its extensive farming land. To get the feel of all its various facets we advise you to visit it in different seasons.
The Pivka basin is an area with 17 intermittent lakes and thus represents a land with most lakes in the entire country. The entire area with Pivka lakes is protected as Natura 2000 and is renowned for its large biodiversity as well as being home to large beasts, such as the bear, wolf and lynx. To learn more about the intriguiding of the 17 lakes and the story of water in the Karst world of upper Pivka, come visit the Ecomuseum of the seasonal lakes of Pivka. There you will also find a wonderful historical world offered by the Park of military history that is the largest museum complex in Slovenia. It is also the only military museum in Europe where you can find everything from the oldest longbows to a remarkable collection of tanks and military aircraft, a German military locomotive from the second world war and even a submarine – which you can go inside.
Škocjan Caves are one of the biggest gems that the Karst has to offer. This cave system is an exceptional natural phenomenon and due to its immense significance, is also listed on UNESCO world heritage list. The first gallery, carved out by the Reka River is the stalactite dripping silent cave. Next is the great hall which contains the impressive stalagmites called the “Giant” and the instrumentally inspired “Organ”. Then you will discover the murmuring cave and the Europe’s largest gorge. To take your breath away there is the Cerkvenik bridge that hangs 50 meters above the river. After that, we will carry on to Bowls hall with its bizarre limestone shapes caused by the swirling waters.