22.10.13

Slovenia: Postojna Cave

Postojnska, August 2013

Jama means cave

"It is so hot today. Why do I need to bring my jacket?" I was a bit cranky because of the heat wave and about to put my jacket back to the car.

"Dear, I'm pretty sure you will need it. The temperature inside is 8°C and the walking tour takes nearly two hours. Believe me, you will thank me later." The guide smiled at me.

I looked at her skeptically as I shrugged my shoulders and followed her to the entrance of Postojna Cave which is more than 20 kilometres underground tunnels. It is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe.


let's hop on the train

Postojna cave is the only one in the world which offers a unique and adventurous ride with special train. I hop on the train with a big grin on my face as I've always loved trains. The train started to accelerate taking us through the spectacular underground arches, deep down into the cave. The train speeding up and I started shivering as the cold air blew my face. Well, I was glad I did bring my jacket otherwise I'll be freezing cold. I let out a squeal as the train was cornering at high speed. It was so much fun, it felt like descending into the centre of the earth on a roller coaster.

and the journey begins

please ignore the blur picture, the train is getting faster

and faaaasterrrrr.....yippieeeee!

the walking path

By the end of the ride I got off the train and gathered with the English speaking group before we started the 5 km walking tour. The cave is like a massive well lit hall. The lighting adds the beauty of those natural wonders. It's hard to believe that the fascinating structure was formed by tiny drops of water for millions of years.



hi there :)



As I walked deeper into the cave, I was dazzled by those glistening stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colours and age. The cave is divided into some halls named after the characteristics of flowstone. Such as the hall of tubes, where white, needle-thin, transparent tubes hang from the ceiling. The ceiling of the hall reminds of rock rain, and is also called Spaghetti hall. The white hall got its name after extremely white flowstone and white stalactites made of pure calcite with almost no admixtures. While other is called  the red hall due to its reddish colour of the flowstone.

the Spaghetti Hall or Rock Rain

stunning textures

looks like a giant ice cream cone to me :p

the Olm or human fish (on poster)

At the end of the foot path, there's a giant aquarium with some olms or human fish in it. It's some kind of salamander and called the 'human fish' by the locals because of human-like skin tone. There were too many people swarming around the aquarium and I was too short to peek out from behind their body. So I couldn't say 'Hello' and take pictures of Mr. Olm. Luckily there's a big poster of the olm next to the aquarium, so I snap the poster instead *grin*

some restaurants outside

Where's the most beautiful cave you've ever explored ?

51 comments:

  1. Waw! Keren kak! Kayak lagi baca bukunya Jules Verne yang Journey to the Center of the Earth. Heeee.

    Kalau goa yang bagus dan modelnya kayak gini mungkin di Jombang kali yaaa. Dimana kalo kita turun itu mesti rappling pake tali, gelantungan dulu kek simpanseeee... Hehehehe. Tapi yang ini keren. Luar negeri memang selalu perhatian sama destinasi wisata dan segala hal yang patut dilestarikan... Pengeeeen. :(

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    1. Pas naik kereta seru banget, kayak melesat masuk ke perut bumi, hahaha.
      Aku sering dengar tuh kalo goa di Jombang cantik. Tapi aku blum pernah cobain caving di Indo.
      Semoga ke depannya pemerintah bisa punya program pelestarian yang bagus kayak di luar ya :)

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    1. aslinya lebih cantik nih goanya. Aku ga gitu bisa motret low light soalnya. So this is my best attempts, hihihi

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  3. Slovenia cantik ya emang , aku masih pengen ke Bled Lake deh...

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    1. Bled Lake itu romantis bangetttt

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  4. wihh salam kenal Debbzie :) Seru banget ya perjalanan2nya... Mau juga seuatu hari ke Sloveniaaa :D

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    1. Hai Puty, salam kenal juga ya. Makasihhh udah mampir kesini :D

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  5. wah infrastrukturnya bagus ya, ada keretanya... bisa jadi ide objek caving di indonesia...

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    1. iyaaa, suka dech sama standard fasilitas disana. Kapan ya di Indonesia bisa kayak gini ?

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  6. Bagus banget tempatnyaa, almost too magical! Udah lama pengen caving tp belum kesampaian juga :(

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    1. yup, cantik banget goanya apalagi ditambah sinar lampu gitu. Bener kata kamu, magical :)

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  7. Cantik banget cave-nya, Deb :-) Suka yang Rock Rain, beneran kaya tetesan air hujan...
    Tapi keretanya kok sederhana banget kaya kereta masuk rumah hantu yah hahaha...

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    1. keretanya masih pake model tradisional gitu, agak serem pas ngebut, hahahaha

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  8. Gorgeous! Love the train ride.
    It looks a bit like the salt mine I visited just outside of Krakow, was also told to bring a jacket despite it being the hottest day in decades at that time!

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    1. I couldn't believe it was 38 C outside and 8 C inside. Glad I decided to bring my jacket though, hihihi

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  9. ehhh naik keretanya berasa naik roller coaster? huwaa maauuu ci debbb.
    keren yahh yah stalagtit sama stalagmitnya :)

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    1. iyah, Mei. Kukira keretanya bakal jalan pelan gitu ternyata ngebutttt sambil ngepot. Tapi seru, hahaha

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    2. huwii iyahhh, aku suka roller coaster :)
      btw, ini berarti pintu masuk sama pintu keluarnya ada di areal yg berbeda yah?

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    3. jalannya dibikin memutari goa gitu Mei. Jadi setelah walking tour balik lagi naik kereta ke pintu masuk :)

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  10. Debz ... Can I have that 2 scoop of ice cream :-)

    The ride looks fun and thrilling!! :-)

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    1. The ice cream is mine, I'm not sharing it with you.....weqqqq :p

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  11. So cool! I like caves, but on occasion they freak me out when I think about how I'm underground and theoretically could die from collapsing dirt any second. Not sure why I don't worry about flying in airplanes or public buses or anything, though... haha.

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    1. I'm actually a claustrophobic and occasionally have the same thoughts as yours. But I have more fear of flying because of a terrible experience of emergency landing :(

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  12. kak. ajak aku kesna...keren banget tuh gua-nya...pengin,,,,,

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    1. pack your bag and let's go! hihihi :D

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  13. I love caves and this one looks stunning, the train ride looks like a lot of fun too!
    I loved the caves in Kuala Lumpa.xxxx

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    1. Yes, it was lots of fun. I'd love to visit the caves in KL too one day :D

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  14. Its a beativul cave,
    one day, i will go there.
    I think Indonesia's cave same like this but not many people know it.

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    1. Yes, I also think Indonesia have beautiful caves that waiting to be discovered :)

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  15. wow ... it's so cool Debz.. really. One day, hope that I will travel around the world like you

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    1. it's an amazing place, indeed. Hopefully one day you'll experience it too :D

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  16. Dear DebbZie the traveler...

    Tremendous cave!!
    Even though you said this is the most visited cave in Europe, the beauty and the cleanliness are well preserved. I can tell it through your great pics.

    Extraordinary cave and coaster surely become a thrill experience ever...

    http://makanangin-travel.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by.
      It is indeed a stunning place. I hope we can learn something from them about how to preserve the nature :)

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  17. Akkk.. Bagus bangett gua nyaaa.. Jadi mupeng deh.. Baru terakhir kmren ke Goa Pindul, tapi sayang gak terlalu panjang jalurnya jadinya batuannya juga ga sebanyak gua Postojna. :D

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    1. ah ya, pernah dengar katanya Goa Pindul bagus ya ?
      Aku belum pernah kesana >.<

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    2. Kalo buat ku yg belum mengunjungi goa manapun selain pindul sih ini bagus..hahaa :p Tapi ga enaknya ya itu, ramee bangett..Jadi ga bisa nikmatin keheningannya.

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  18. The train ride looked like a really fun one, despite the seemingly old carriage. :) I couldn't help not to compare this cave with the ones in Vietnam and China where bizarre and tacky colorful lighting illuminate the caves. Postojna Cave looks definitely more sublime and incredible!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Bama. I also think that in asia the lighting tend to be tacky :p

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  19. Akkkk.... kapan bisa jalan-jalan ke Eropa yak...

    *pengen komen bhs linggis tapi kok sulit ya ngetiknya :D*

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    1. susyah gihmana syihhh....tanya ajah Cintah Laura :p

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  20. that is realy a fancy stalagtite-stalagmite cave, with the walk path and train :))

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    1. yes, it is.
      It was really fun though :D

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  21. hi kak debbz.. salam kenall.. hehe..

    ive been to one cave di china.. tapi i forgot which part of china i went to. muahaha.. *gawat.com..

    disana cave.nya bagus bngt. soalnya mrk niat gt pasangin lampu2 buat enhance feeling.nya di dlm cave. hehe.

    anyway i love your writing.. *ahh.. mupeng mau jadi travel blogger juga* hehehe..

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    1. Salam kenal juga, Jenita :D
      Yup, di China juga banyak gua kayak gini dan bagus-bagusss.
      Thanks for stopping by ya. Aku tunggu cerita2 travelling kamu :)

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  22. Kayaknya aku udah pernah baca ini, tapi belum komen. Hahaha.
    Pengin nyobain ah kalau ke sana :3

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    1. mesti harus kudu nyobain kalo kesana. Ini seru bangetttt :D

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  23. cantik bgt ya gua ya,,, tp serem juga ya kl stalaknit ya jatoh....bisa benjol nih

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  24. Kyaaaaaa itu keretanya asik banget ya kayaknya. Mauuu! <--- penggemar jetcoaster dan wahana sejenis

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  25. waahhhh guanya ingetin aku ama goa gong di pacitan mbak... cuma beda ga ada kereta nya :D.. seru kynya naik kereta masuk k dalam ya... kalo rollercoaster beneran aku bisa girang banget :D

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    1. aku malah belum pernah ke goa gong, Fannn *nangis di pojokan* :))

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