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Through the undergound Canyon

The guided tour begins at the Visitors Centre taking you to the man-made passageway in the Globočak Collapse Doline and continues through the Silent Cave (Tiha jama), a fossil passage filled with numerous dripstone formations. Exiting the Cave, you will be enthralled by the view of the underground canyon of the Reka River that you cross on the Cerkvenik Bridge, suspended nearly fifty meters above the riverbed. You can return the surface past Tominc Cave (Tominčeva jama) and the waterfall under the natural bridge in the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina).

Following the Reka River underground

You can walk the path on your own or with a guide, entering the first part of the cave through the natural entrance carved by the Reka River below the village of Škocjan. Natural light penetrates the shaft through numerous openings, and the path runs just above the water. After visiting the Little Collapse Doline (Mala dolina) and the natural bridge where the Reka River spills through the narrow canyon into a lake in a high waterfall, you can also explore the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina) and Tominc Cave (Tominčeva jama), known for its many archaeological finds.

Along the Škocjan Education Trail

You can also experience the park by walking the circular Education Trail around the Big and Little Collapse Dolines (Velika in mala dolina) and through the villages of Betajna, Škocjan, and Matavun. Guided or unguided tours begin and end at the Visitors Centre. You can learn about karst phenomena, relief forms, and hydrological characteristics, the diverse flora and fauna, and the rich cultural heritage of the area. As part of the Education Trail you can also visit the museum exhibitions in the village of Škocjan.

Museum collections and Education Trail

"This geological collection of Classical Karst rocks covers a remarkable 80 million years of the Earth’s history ... some rocks include some interesting and important types of natural stone, which are unique to the Karst. The stones contain plenty of fossils, most commonly entire or crushed shells of rudist bivalves, the Foraminifera ("hole bearers"), limestone algae, rare corals, the Hydrozoa and some other fossils."

Finds from the Mušja jama near Škocjan. In this 50-metre deep abyss, archaeologists discovered over 600 metal artefacts from the period between the 12th and 8th centuries B.C. The settlements at Škocjan and Gradišče, and especially numerous burial sites and other wealthy archaeological finds, testify to the extraordinary significance of this location in the 1st century B.C. Burnt and broken objects from the abyss, mostly weapons and animal bones, provide evidence that sacrificial rites to gods were performed above the cave in the late Bronze Age. 

Fun fact: You will see the oldest text found in Slovenia. On the upper rim of the bronze vessel, there is an engraved inscription in early Venetian letters .o..s.tiiare.i.

Guided tour of the Škocjan Education Trail for school groups

We have organized guided tours along the trail for groups. The tour has been specially tailored to school groups, with pupils receiving work sheets by means of which they become acquainted with the Park. The tour lasts around 90 minutes.

Tours of Škocjan Education Trail for individual guests

Individual guests can walk along this specially designed footpath at any time. The trail takes you around the natural monuments Velika and Mala dolina and you can learn about numerous interesting features and characteristics of this unique area from the explanatory signs along the way. About two kilometres long, the trail takes around fifty minutes to walk and visit all the museum collections. Museum collections are open only during the high season (June to September) and visitors have to pay an admission fee (one ticket for all three collections).

Source: The Skocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency

Škocjan Education Trail

Welcome to the Škocjan Education Trail! All visitors to the Škocjan Caves Park can fully experience the distinctive features of the Classical Karst. A water droplet has been chosen for the symbol of the Education Trail; follow it and it will lead you around the Park's beautiful world! Explanatory signs with illustrations, photographs and a short clear text help visitors to better understand the natural phenomena and cultural heritage monuments in our surroundings.

The trail begins and ends in front of the Information Centre in Matavun (where tickets for Škocjan Caves tours are purchased). Here you can obtain all additional information and buy a guidebook to the Škocjan Education Trail. The guidebook will provide you with all additional information and will accompany you in the discovery of the basic features of the Park and the Karst region.

About two kilometres long, the trail takes less than one hour to walk. It leads visitors around the Velika dolina and Mala dolina where they can enjoy wonderful views of the deep collapse dolines, steep walls, the disappearing Reka River and the surrounding hills. Incorporated in the trail are the renovated J'kopin and Jurjev barns in the village of Škocjan where an ethnology exhibition and an exhibition devoted to the history of exploring the Škocjan Caves are on display. A cross-section model of the underground canyon of the Škocjan Caves and a model of the central area of the Park are also displayed here.

Source: The Skocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency

Cycling routes

THE DIVAČA CYCLING LOOP

This difficult but highly picturesque route leads through the Škocjan Caves park and the beautiful village of Rodik, followed by an ascent up the hilly Brkini. After reaching the highest point at Artviže, you will descend into the Reka valley. The north part of the route leads past the foot of Vremščica, through Senožeče and Laže towards Dolenja vas, famous for its freestanding defence tower. You are now just a stone’s throw from Divača on the other side of the Čebulovica mountain pass.

THROUGH THE PARK

For the most part, the route leads through the immediate protected area of the park. Along the way, in Gradišče pri Divači, you can admire the church of St. Helena with 15th century frescoes, several remarkable karst features – including Okroglica, a pit almost 100 m deep – the village of Škocjan with enchanting views of the Reka gorge and several small museum collections, and the "Vnckova domačija" homestead with an early 17th century kitchen extension known as "spahnjenca".





THE BRKINI LOOP

This cycling tour will take you over the flysch hills of Brkini, across the Vremska dolina valley and back to the starting point in the park. A gently sloping but long ascent will bring you to the "ridge road" that leads along the Brkini summits. From here you can enjoy magnificent views in every direction. During the relaxing descent towards the Vremska dolina valley, you will have the chance to discover the rich cultural heritage of Suhorje (an urban heritage monument) and Vremski Britof.

AROUND VREMŠČICA

The cycling loop around Vremščica leads along its southern slope to the Košanska dolina valley and onwards along the northern slope of the mountain. After the easy flat section along the Vremska dolina valley to the village of Buje, there follows the long but extremely rewarding ascent to just below the summit of Vremščica with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area. From these vast, fragrant, high-altitude Karst meadows, it's just a pleasant descent back to civilisation.

TO LIPICA and BACK

This route will take you to another famous sight of the Karst region: the Lipica Stud Farm and the Lipizzan horses. Along the way you can see the region's largest ice cave in Pared and a 15th century defence tower from the time of Turkish invasions in the village of Lokev. A short ride later, you will reach the south entrance to the Lipica Stud Farm estate with meadows dotted with Lipizzan horses and beautiful old oak trees.





Source: The Skocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency


 

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