Postojna Travel Guide

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Postojna Things to Do

  • The caves

    They are so big that only 25% is visitable, in an extension of 5 Km. From those, 4 Km are made by train, only 1 Km walking along the deepest part of the visitable area.That's the uncommon detail, and I must confess that, having seen many caves (in Portugal, Spain, China and more) I was not impressed by their beauty. The train speed didn't allow a...

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  • In search of the mysterious...

    In planning our trip to Slovenia, I was intrigued by mention of a 'disappearing lake' (Lake Cerknica) in the Postojna region. This piqued my curiosity and I was keen to visit this "now you see it, now you don't" stretch of water.In reality, the 'disappearing lake' is a shallow body of water whose boundaries vary markedly with the season - at its...

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  • Cave Tour

    The cave tours are not cheap they’ve actually managed to turn the entire cave complex into quite a little tourist destination it is so. Postonja is known for their cave, I think the main reason Postojna is so famous, aside from the quality of the caves, is the cave train, of which more latterYou get to see some incredible stuff from the train,...

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  • Predjama castle

    I think that no one goes to Postojna without a visit to this castle. Its most remarkable detail is its "impossible" location, in the slopes of a mountain and half hidden into a cave. Caves keep being a relevant detail, with a network of them serving the castle. Part of them may be visited, but we didn't - Postojna was waiting!

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  • Predjama - A castle with a difference

    The name of the castle "Predjamski Grad" describes it perfectly - it's the castle ("Grad") in front of ("pred") the cave ("jama"). I've never before seen a castle actually built into a cave halfway up a cliff... anywhere. This really is unique. The furnishings inside are reproductions but still very interesting to see. In fact anything wooden would...

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  • A spectacular sight - run spectacularly...

    There can be no arguement that these caves are truely amazing. Seeing the wonders in here will be something I will never forget. But it could have been so much better. The cave train which takes you through the first part of the cave system is a great idea as it allows you to see so much more than you possibly could on foot, but it doesn't slow...

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Postojna Hotels

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  • Hotel & Hostel Sport

    If you feel it is necessary to stay in Postojna (which I don’t feel that it is! All can be seen and...

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  • Hotel Kras

    A fine place for one, two or more nights: you are in the middle of a most wonderful region with...

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  • Aparthotel Epicenter

    Kazarje 10, Postojna, 6230, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Postojna Restaurants

  • excellent pizza

    Restaurant is in a special medieval-style, there is a big parking place for free and it is on the way to the Postojna cave. They have a varied offer (seafood, pasta, meat plate, salad bar..). We took the pizza, which was very delicious. Pizza was excellent. Others ordered the meat plate, which has a lot of meat with side dish at a very low price.

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  • FOOD FEED FOOD FEED

    This Gostilna is a TRATTORIA - GASTHAUS - INN and restaurant.....It is located just a few kilometers before the unique PREDJAMA CASTLE (SEE MUST SEE TIPS !).It features traditional regional dishes bbq-ed food game dishes (venison) fish dishes of course à la carte menu dessert menuseating: 52 in the inn and 54 in the wonderful garden with a wide...

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  • ITALIAN FOOD.....

    In Studence, along the main road to KOPER (a wonderful old city.....) the pizzeria stands some 700 metres from the main road in a wonderful place: wide views will make your pizza taste better........especially when eaten "al fresco"...60 places are available inside and in the garden some 30.....which sounds good! They offer pizzas from the...

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  • FOOD AND A BED....

    Lovely situated trattoria / Gasthaus / inn.....It is situated at the trunk road direction Ljubljana, only 4 kilometers from the Postojna Cave (see intro and Must See Tips)in the middleof the Ravbarkomanda SPRUCE WOODLANDS.110 guests can be seated in the restaurant and some 75 in the lovely garden...Overnight accomodation is available in 2 double...

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  • OUR DAILY BREAD......

    Situated in the very heart of Postojna you will find this restaurant.135 guests can be seated inside but when the sun is shining do go to the wonderful garden where some 100 guests can find a seat underneath trees......Groups are also welcome here.... What they have on offer:à la carte disheslocal dishesfisha variety of snackshome-made...

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  • TIME FOR LUNCH // BRUNCH // DINNER ??

    In the middle of the forest next to the main road from Logatec to Ajdovscina this fine place is located.Nearby are the remains of the Roman Walls, the AD Pirum Museum, a running track, an excellent cycling trail and it is the startingh point for hill-walking, excursions, mushroom picking and much more...In the inn some 80 diners can be seated and...

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Postojna Transportation

  • Train to the underworld...

    Small train with wooden benches takes you from entrance to the deeper parts of cave, from where you have a walking tour of the caves. Later, he takes you to the exit. Train consists of small "locomotive" with driver, and wagons with two wooden benches, each for two people. The ride lasts around 15 minutes, and it's denitely worth your time, because...

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  • Driving from Ljubljana

    Our time in Slovenia was short so we opted to rent a car so that we could fit everything in. It took us less than an hour to get to Postojna from Ljubljana, we decided to use the A1 toll road since we knew it would be well marked and we didn't have a real map, just the simple ones in Rough Guide. The toll was 2.10E to Postojna, stay out of the ABC...

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  • Train to Postojna

    Postojna lies on the main line between Ljubljana and Koper/Venice and so is easy to reach from either location. I came here from Maribor in the north of the country on a train that went to Venice. The station itself is quite a walk from the town centre and even further from the cave entrance. As you come out of the station there is a map opposite...

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Postojna Shopping

  • A fairytale from Postojna!

    If you're looking for a gift for children to bring home from your travels in Slovenia, you could do a lot worse than to buy the charming contemporary fairy tale "Jami the dragon". Jami is a dragon who comes into conflict with a greedy goblin and is ultimately transformed into an olm (the salamander that lives in the caves). It is well illustrated...

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  • Souvenirs

    Postojna is the most visited cave in Slovenia so it's the most touristy that you'll visit. Near the ticket booth, there are gift shops where you can get the usual assortment of tshirts, refrigerator magnets, postcards and a variety of other things that you just can't live without.There's also a place to get snacks, a sit down restaurant and even a...

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Postojna Local Customs

  • Blackened walls

    On some distance near the entrance, the walls of the cave are completely black. This is not natural. During WWII, the Nazi had established a major airplane fuel depot in Postojna cave. They had sealed the entrance and it was heavily guarded. Nobody could come near from the front but the partisans in April 1944 succeeded in reaching the depot from...

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  • Proteus Anguinus (human fish)

    At the end of the tour of the cave there is a tank containing one Proteus Anguinus, a rather odd looking creature that is the shape of a snake with arms and legs, has no pigment, blind and didn't even appear to have eyes. The Proteus lives completely in the dark so I suppose it's irrelevant that it can't see. They only display a single specimen...

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  • A regional food you cant miss

    When in Postojna, you should try a local cheese dish called "Frigo" or "Frico" that is really, really good. I had it in an Italian trattoria at the Postojna cave site. It is a warm cheese and potato mixture, usually served with Polenta, that tastes incredibly good. Make sure you keep your eyes out for this culinary delight, you wont regret it!

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Postojna Warnings and Dangers

  • Temperature

    It is cold inside - a constant 8º Celsius. With great part of the visit being done in an open train, it seems even colder as you move. I was well equiped but Fernanda didn't take me too seriously, and brought only a light pull, to wear over a summer dress. She would freeze to death if I didn't take an heavy and long coat that they rent at the...

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  • Photography

    It is forbidden to photography in the vivarium. Do not take any photo in the vivarium, cave animals would be disturbed if not harmed by flashlights. It is forbidden to photography in the cave (sign posted at the entrance). However, everybody take photos with flashlights and the guides do not say anything. Then, if you want to take forbidden photos...

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  • Physical requirements for visiting...

    Postojna was a less strenuous cave to visit than Skocjan, the train brings you in and out of the cave but there is about 45 minutes to an hour of walking, some of it uphill and downhill but not nearly as steep of inclines as Skocjan. I didn't find either particularly challenging although since I come from a very flat part of the world, my "up and...

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Postojna Tourist Traps

  • Shops by entrance

    This is probably the biggest tourist trap in the whole of Slovenia as its right outside the biggest tourist attraction in Slovenia. There are all kinds of tacky stalls and shops that line the road up to the cave entrance that sell everything from photos on plates to tacky T-shirts and such like. Some of the stuff is quite interesting like the...

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  • Speleobiological Station

    On top of the cave you can also visit the Speleobiological Station where there is a display of the cave fauna. This was a huge disappointment for me. You barely see anything, so unless you are a huge fan of spiders and insect, you can skip it. You can see the most famous cave creature, the human fish (proteus anguinus) in the main cave, you don't...

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Postojna What to Pack

  • Clothing

    The temperature in the cave remains yearlong between 8 and 10°C. Humidity is close to 100%. Dress consequently: warm but not airproof. If you have no suitable clothes, you can rent a cloak before the entrance.When we went out, there was a family that was dressed with plastic raincoats. When they removed their raincoats, their clothes were soaked...

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  • Moisty

    Small backpack if you really can't leave it in your room or car. However, it's not comfortable to sit on the train bench with a large bag, so.... Expect moist and rather cold climate (around 8°C), so bring a jacket, or a vest or a pullover.... However, you can hire a waterproof jacket there for a few euro.Shoes: Though it's not really slippery in...

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  • For the caves...

    A ruck sack is appropriate - you certainly don't want more than that. A pair of sturdy shoes is good. I wore trainers and they were fine. You are not meant to take photos in the cave - but everybody did on the sly :) The cave has a constant temperature of 10C. Humidity is 95% - a waterproof jacket is a good idea. Cloaks can be hired at the...

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Postojna Off The Beaten Path

  • Predjama castle

    Predjama castle is 9 km north to Postojna caves. It is a very special castle because of its location, at the entrance of a cave! Aren’t we in the karst, in the country of caves, then, in such a country, why not to build a castle halfway in a cave.For more, visit my Predjama page.

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  • Town Hall

    This is really the only noteworthy building to see in Postojna. I think it’s the town hall as it looks like it’s an important building but I’m not sure.

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  • Titov trg

    This small area is the main square in the town and is where you can find the tourist information centre, a bookshop, a couple of restaurants and a café/bar (where I had an ice cream). There is also a hotel called the Hotel Kras that dominates one side of it.

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Postojna Favorites

  • Train

    The most interesting point in the caves is the ride by train. It is a narrow and light equipment,making you feel lika in a natural luna park. your head will pass at a few centimeters from the rocks, here and there cut to allow the passage and prevent accidents. The speed is a compromise between emotion and time to quickly apreciate some...

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  • Time table of the visits

    Visits are every 2 hours from 10 AM to 6 PM. In the low season, there are fewer visits. The visit lasts 90 minutes.Price for the visit of the cave is 16 €Price for the visit of the vivarium is 6 €Price for the visit of the cave and vivarium is 19 €

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  • Tourist Office

    The main tourist information office can be found in the town centre on Titov trg which is the main square where the road leads to the cave entrance. I popped in to get a map of the town but they don’t exist. You don’t actually need one as there’s not much to see in the town itself. The girl there speaks very good English and is rather pleasing on...

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The 'human fish' and other beasties ...
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A word on karst ...
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Caves and a train are a winner of a combination!
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Train
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Velika Gora
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The Russians' bridge cave
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Lepe Jame
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Zimska Dvorana
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Proteus Anguinus
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POSTOJNA CAVES
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MEETING SOON.....
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ISN'T THIS ENDEARING ????
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AN OLD DRAWING OF THE CAVE....1891
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PREDJAMA CASTLE AND ITS CAVE...
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The vivarium
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Mamenchisaurus
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Cave pool
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Transparent drapery
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Soda straw stalactites
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Now, some iron added!
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Draperies
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Stalactites
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Before the visit begins
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The train
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Waiting for the cave to open.
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Modern entrance into the cave
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1819 entrance into the cave
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River Pivka
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Koncertna Dvorana
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Proteus Anguinus
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Caves
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Postojna cave
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Postjonska Jama
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Predjama Castle
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Visiting Postojna Caves
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No photography allowed
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