Škocjan Caves Divaca Reviews
Aug 04, 2007
These caves are AMAZING. They've got everything... stalactites, stalagmites, karst formations, bats, an underground river, a bridge that goes over a 45m deep chasm, a ferris wheel, and a talking robot. Okay, I'm just kidding about the ferris wheel and the robot.
I'm sure you've all seen the 'Lord of the Rings' movies. If you haven't, you probably live in a cave so you don't need to read any further. But the Skocjan caves feel like (actually, they look better than) the Mines of Moria. Yes, remember the escape from the mines as they were chased by the Balrog? It's like that, sans the Balrog.
The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The official website can be found here:
It costs 11 euro (7.50 euro for students) to enter the caves. You can't enter on your own, you have to go along with a group. Each group is taken into the caves by a tour guide (this is included in the cave entrance fee). We had 2 tour guides that split us into 2 groups; one group was conducted in German and Italian, and the other was conducted in English and Slovenian. The whole trek through the caves takes about 2 hours and it is well worth it. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take pictures in the caves since it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but you could sneak in a few photos when the tour guide is not looking. But I did not do this because I respected the fact that this was a UNESCO world Heritage site. I don't wanna mess with UNESCO. You can, however, take pictures at the exit on the way out of the caves. I've uploaded a few just to show how massive and majestic these caves really are.
To get to the Skocjan caves from Ljubljana, you can take a train to Divaca. From the station, there is a free bus service that goes straight to the caves.
Pay close attention to the bus/train schedules and plan your trip accordingly if you need to go back to Ljubljana. If you miss a the bus/train (like we did) you might have to wait at least an hour until the next one comes around. The train ride is about 1 hour and a half from Ljubljana and the bus service takes about 10 minutes to get to the caves. Be warned though, the bus only runs twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. You can walk back to Divaca train station from the caves but it supposedly takes about 40 minutes on foot. For updated schedules of the buses, go to this website:
Although if you do end up missing the bus, there is a restaurant next to the ticket booth that serves good food at an ok price. The waiter who served us was really nice too. There is also a lookout point about 200m away that has a beautiful view of the surrounding areas. If you have the time, you should definitely check it out.
Checklist of things you might want to bring:
- 11 euro (7.50 euro for students) for the cave entrance and tour.
- A light sweater or long-sleeve shirt (the temperature down there is a constant 12c)
- Comfortable shoes with good grip. It gets a bit slippery at some parts during the tour.
- A bearded old man with a cane and a pointy hat. It helps if his name is 'Gandalf' or if he lets you call him 'Gandalf' just to complete the LOTR experience.
Part of the Slovenia 2007 travel blog
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