At the end of the visit you arrive to the Schmidl Hall. There you can see the 165-metre high walls of Velika dolina all around. At the bottom of the dolina you can see the Reka River and over 10-meters high waterfall for the last time. At the end of the trail you can see the monuments of all the people lost their life to explore the caves. A funicular carry you to the ticket office.
The trail continues to the most aadventurous and exciting part of the visit of the caves. After the Silent Caves you arrive to the Noise Caves. Here begin the trail on the rim of the underground canyons of the Reka River. The Müller Halls is about 700/800 meters long and it is 100 meters high. The trail continues along the gallery dug through the rock walls to the Cerkevnik Bridge that towers above the riverbed at the height of 45 metres. From this point the Reka River enters the Hanke’s Channel. Descending through the Müller Halls you reach the lowest point of the tourist path: 144 metres beneath the surface.
Velika Dvorana (Big Cave) is the fantastic. This part of the Silence Cave is 120 meters wide and 30 meters high. Here you can see wonderful example of stalagmites and stalactites with strange names like the Giant or the Organ. Here you can also see many colours in the stalagmites and stalactites due the different minerals they are done.
The visit to the caves starts from the tiket office. Here you meet your guide and after a 15 minutes walk you arrive at the entrance of the caves. The visit starts from the Tiha Jama (Silence cave) which is about 500 meters long. The first part of the Silence cave is called The Paradise because here you can see wonderful example of stalagmites and stalactites. Then you arrive to a big cave (the second part of the silence cave) called the Calvary. This part of the cave was the ancient run of the Reka River and it is characterized by the Calvary mountain that you goes down up to reach the Great room.
The Belvedere is the perfect place where to start of your visit to the Skocjan Park and Caves. From it you can have a great view over the Velika Dolina (Big Valley) and on the throat where the Reka River starts its underground journey. On the other side of the Dolina you can see the village of Skocjan.
There are several walking paths and also an Educational Trail. Information plates at the Educational Trail are only in Slovenian, but you can get a guidebook in English or download it from the webpage. It’s a nice area and you can walk for quite a while there! In any case you should go the Viewing Point. When you come from the lift after having visited the cave, you’ll see the signs. From this point you have a great view on the sinkhole/doline with the Reka river and the village.
There’s an ethnological and farmer museum in the village that consists of two houses with some small exhibitions. There’s not so much to see, but if you have some time after your visit of the cave just go there, it’s included in the entrance fee of the cave! It's a short walk and well signposted.
The Škocjan cave is one of the UNESCO world heritages. It’s a fascinating cave with the biggest underground canyon. You first will see a “normal” dripstone cave called the ‘Silent Cave’, with some huge halls, very beautiful. However the most impressive part comes a bit later – the ‘Murmuring Cave’ with a huge canyon and the wild and rushing Reka river! Unfortunately I’m afraid of height, so I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I’d have liked to! The path also was quite high and I rarely dared to take a look down although it looked great! Especially this 45 m high bridge made my knees shaking… for the others it was the perfect place to admire the river!
We had a guided tour in German and Slovenian, and there has been another group for English and Italian speakers. At the exit, which is in the sinkhole/doline, you’ll also see the river and there’s a nice path to the lift which brings you up again.
Admission: 2500 SIT (adults), 1000 SIT (children)
Guided tours every hour from 10:00 to 17:00 (June to September), less often during other seasons. Check the webpage for details.
Dvorana ponvic (Rimstone Pools’ Hall) is one of the last part of the trail you see during the visit. There you can the Rimstone Pool which were made by the water during the centuries.