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Škocjan Caves Regional Park – a treasure of world heritage

Text: Mankica Kranjec Photos: Borut Lozej, www.slovenia.info

With the largest underground canyon in Europe and a karst cave replete with underground waterfalls, extraordinary bridges, gigantic stalagmites and stalactites, and lofty chambers, the Škocjan Caves Regional Park is one of the remarkable treasures on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The river Reka, which disappears underground here after carving its way through the rock, has created a unique complex of mysterious cave passages, chambers and walls, giving rise to an incredible natural ecosystem where plants and animals coexist in harmony.
A veritable open-air museum in the heart of the classical Karst, the park is famous for pioneering research of the karst underground, re¬markable archaeological finds and rich natural and cultural heritage. You can experience the park on foot by following the educational trail through the nearby villages of Betanja, Škocjan and Matavun or by bicycle by taking the circular cycling route through the Karst and the Brkini Hills. Enjoy a karst landscape that is unlike any other in the world and delight in the typical architecture of the Karst region. Thousands of years ago, the awe-inspiring entrances to the under¬world and the unique sight of water disappearing underground gave Škocjan great symbolic and religious power and made it a unique place that is certain to entrance you. 

Other beautiful parks in Europe: 

 

  1. Triglav National Park – A magnificent pearl below the Alps
  2. Plitvice Lakes National Park – the attractiveness of blue-green beauty
  3. Sächsische Schweiz National Park – incredible natural landscapes
  4. Kalkalpen National Park – a primaeval forest wilderness
  5. Mavrovo National Park – the natural beauty of the southern Balkans
  6. Pirin National Park – the mighty Bulgarian forests

109 km from Ljubljana Airport

Skocjan foto Borut Lozej 2Fwww.slovenia 980x500