Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It’s also the most-visited tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. The Postojna Cave is about an hour drive away from Bled, so you can easily make a day trip to Postojna and see the caves. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for such popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors, which has already reached 34 million. With 5 km of tunnels open to tourists, there’s a lot to see. You travel on a little train for approximately 10 minutes before disembarking and walking round the caves accompanied by a guide. The train ride is breath taking, the natural beauty, highlighted by perfectly placed lights remains with you a long time after your leave the caves. Walking around and being able to look, close up is wonderful. Make sure you bring warm clothes in the hot summer, it is very chilly and damp. And make sure you keep your arms in during the train ride, it is stunning how close you sometimes are to the walls. In the caves is also a concert hall, which due to its outstanding natural acoustics is often used for classical concerts and has room for an audience of up to 10,000. The caves date back 2 million years so the vast caverns, stalactites and stalagmites are just stunning to see. In all the visit takes a little more than an hour.

Timetable of visits:
January, February, March, November, December: 10:00, 12:00, 15:00
April, October: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
May, June, September: 9:00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15,00, 16,00, 17,00
July, August: 9:00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15,00, 16,00, 17,00, 18.00
The entrance fee is €22,90 for adults, €1 EUR for children up to 5 years, €13,70 for children up to 15 years and €18,30 for students.

If you are planning on visiting both the castle and the caves then you can purchase a joint ticket and save a couple of euros per person:
Postojna Caves + Predjama Castle: €31,90 for adults, €2 EUR for children up to 5 years, €19,10 for children up to 15 years and €25,50 for students.

The Postojna Cave system is more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) long and 2 million years old.
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Postojna Cave is the most visited cave in Europe.
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Image by Gord Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 4 kilometres ride with an electric train is a fantastic experience.
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Postojna cave is one of the most diverse cave systems in the world.
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Lots of small fossils can be found in the cave, but this dinosaur was imported from China.
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Postojna Cave is the only cave in the world that is so easily accessible.
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Image by Leon Yaakov / CC BY-SA 2.0

Souvenir shop inside the cave.
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Visitors are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems in the cave.
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Postojna cave is considered one of the most important cave systems in the world.
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Postojna cave will leave you with unforgettable memories.
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Read more about the Postojna Cave: Review of the Postojna Cave

 

The Predjama Castle
On the same day trip to Postojna and continuing the cave theme, you can also visit Predjama Castle (the Predjama Castle is only about 15 minutes drive away from the Postojna Cave). The Predjama Castle is a beautiful renaissance castle built in the mouth of a cave, first mentioned in writing in 1202. The castle itself is well run. The entrance fee includes a highly informative audio guide in many languages with 29 points of interest throughout the castle detailing it’s history over the past 800 years. The castle is really full of history and almost every part is talked about. We won’t spoil it, only to say that someone does come to a rather unfortunate end. There are several steep steps and narrow areas so not suitable for very young children or people with walking difficulties.

Timetable of visits:
January, February, March, November, December: 10:00 – 16:00
April, October: 10:00 – 17:00
May, June, September: 9:00 – 18:00
July, August: 9:00 – 19:00
The entrance fee is €11,90 for adults, €1 EUR for children up to 5 years, €7,10 for children up to 15 years and €9,50 for students.

If you are planning on visiting both the castle and the caves then you can purchase a joint ticket and save a couple of euros per person:
Postojna Caves + Predjama Castle: €31,90 for adults, €2 EUR for children up to 5 years, €19,10 for children up to 15 years and €25,50 for students.

The Predjama Castle is built into the mouth of a cave.
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Image by Stephen Colebourne / CC BY 2.0

The castle is open for tourists 365 days a year.
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Image by Stephen Colebourne

There are many original items, as well as replicas and models in the castle.
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View into a cave at Predjama Castle with a model depicting a man holding on to a rope pulley.
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View into a room in the castle.
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A bell hanging in a small window.
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A view across a green valley from the castle.
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Image by Stephen Colebourne / CC BY 2.0

Predjama Castle is the winter season.
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Image by Shadowgate / CC BY 2.0

Read more about the Predjama Castle: Review of the Predjama Castle

Location:
Postojna Cave Address: Jamska cesta 28, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia
Postojna Cave Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 45.78127, 14.20571
Postojna Cave GPS coordinates: 45° 46′ 52.5900” N     14° 12′ 20.5704” E

Predjama Castle Address: Predjama 1, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia
Predjama Castle Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 45.81576, 14.12688
Predjama Castle GPS coordinates: 45° 48′ 56.7540” N     14° 7′ 36.7716” E

Traditional region: Littoral–Inner Carniola (Slovene: Primorska-Notranjska)
Municipality: Postojna

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to Postojna Caves (drive 105 km, 58 minutes)
Directions from Postojna Cave to Predjama Castle (drive 11 km, 14 minutes)

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to Postojna Caves (drive 102 km, 56 minutes)
Directions from Postojna Cave to Predjama Castle (drive 11 km, 14 minutes)

One thought on “Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle”

  1. Probably the best tourist attraction in Slovenia. From the moment you board the train to enter the cave, you are amazed at the massive stalagmites and stalactites that abound in the cave. Have never seen anything like Postojna Caves and I would have loved to take everyone I know. If you are planning on visiting both the castle and the caves then i would recommend going to the castle first and purchasing a joint ticket as there are no queues here.

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