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Caves in the Tatras

Caves in the Tatras

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In the Tatras alone 78 caves have been discovered and described, out of which 6 have been made available to tourists. The most popular with visitors is Jaskinia Mroźna (the Frosty Cave), with its charming, beautifully-encrusted Sabałowe Lake. It is situated in the Kościeliska Valley, within the Tatra National Park.

Nearby lie two other popular caves: the dark, meandering, mostly ice-covered (and therefore more challenging for tourists) Smocza Jama (Dragon’s Den) in the Kraków Gorge, and the slightly more tourist-friendly, though hidden behind a grass and rock ridge, Jaskinia Obłazkowa. The latter’s walls are weathered and even though there is no dripstone, the huge alluvium made up of sands and crystalline gravel is very impressive. By far the most thrilling of all is the experience of visiting Jaskinia Mylna, as most part of the tourist path needs to be covered crawling, squatting or walking on all fours. Jaskinia Raptawicka also deserves to be recommended, especially to visitors without a guide. The cave lies above Jaskinia Mylna and remains very attractive to tourists despite its relatively little size. One of the most interesting phenomena to be witnessed here is the peri-odical underground rain whose drops fall on the frozen surface and create beautiful glazes and ice stalagmites. Dziura (Hole) – the only cave in Zakopane, which is available to tourists – may become the destination of many pleasant excursions. It is also where Jan Mateja, one of the last Tatra robbers, used to hide.

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Mroźna (Frost) Cave

Smocza Jama
(Dragon Liar)

Obłazkowa Cave

Mylna (Erreneous) Cave

Raptawicka Cave

Dziura (Hole) Cave

Route length (m)

400

37

35

300

50

50

Visiting time (min)

25

20

15

40

20

20

 Temperature (°C)

6,5

Variable

5

5

5

4

Visits only with a guide

No

No

No

No

No

No

Electric lighting

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Opening hours

1 V–31 X

All year long

All year long 

All year long 

All year long 

All year long 

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