Moravian Karst - Caves
Order Tour Code: C SEE4
Moravian Karst is one of Europe´s most significant areas of limestone caves. Visitors walk through a labyrinth of mighty underground spaces and corridors, then take a motorboat ride along an underground river. It is closed in winter.
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Moravian Karst belongs to the most important karst areas in the central Europe. It consists of strongly karsted devon limestones.
Superficial and underground karst phenomenons can be found in this area of 100 square kilometres. There are more than 1000 known caves. Four of them are opened to public. To preserve this unique phenomena, the Moravian Karst was proclaimed a protected area in 1965.
The Moravian Karst is the most important tourist locality of our region. Thousands of tourist are visiting this area every year. They are fascinated by a magnificent nature of the Moravian Karst, they are admiring a dizzying depth of the Macocha Abyss and they are looking forward to visiting the caves. Unfortunately, some of them are leaving dissapointed, unknowing local conditions, e.g. they have missed their bus, they have not withdrawn their tickets to the Punkva Caves in time or it has been sold out for several days ahead.
The Moravian Karst area is literally interwoven by web of tourist routes. Green tourist route that begins near the bus station in Blansko will guide you to the Skalní mlýn ("heart" of the Karst with the information centre and parking lot). Yellow tourist route from Sloup and the Sloup-Sosuvka Caves will guide you here too. Upper Bridge of the Macocha Abyss is another important point of the Moravian Karst, where above mentioned yellow route from Sloup meets red route leading from Rudice.
Considering the immense attendance of the Karst, automobile traffic was limited and compensated for the ecological transport. Pusty zleb (Desert Gully - connecting line between the Punkva Caves and village of Sloup) is complety closed for the cars as well as the part of the Suchý leb (Dry Gully - from the Katherine's Cave to the turning leading to the Upper Bridge of the Macocha Abyss). You must leave your car on the parking lot near the Hotel Skalní mlýn.
You will be taken from Skalni mlyn to the Punkva Caves by a road train, from the Punkva Caves to the Upper Bridge by a cableway. Road train and cableway are running in the connection with the entries to the caves (road train every 20 minutes, cableway continuously). Buy the tickets at the information centre Skalní mlýn. We recommend you to buy the COMBI ticket - price advantaged two-way ticket for the road train and cableway.
The Sloup-oůvka Caves
A large complex of underground corridors and domes is situated in two floors. The height difference between the floors is about 70 metres. Part of the cave system is used as a therapy place for children with asthma diseases (speleotherapy).
Part of the sight-seeing tour is the Kulna Cave - a world-famous archaeological locality.
Guided tours are organized every 20 minutes for groups of 55 people at most, within the period of 1. 5. - 30. 9. In April and October, guided tours are organized every 30 minutes for groups of 55 people at most. Only 3 entries per day are permitted within the period of 1. 2. - 31. 3. The cave is closed in October, November and January. The cave is barrier-free.
The Macocha Abyss
The world-famous Macocha Abyss, 138.7 metres deep, with opened riverbed of the undeground river Punkva in the bottom. There are two observation platforms that enable visitors to look into the deeps of the abyss.
The Punkva Caves
Visitors walk through the labyrinth of mighty underground spaces and corridors as far as the bottom of the world-famous Macocha (= Stepmother) Abyss. The foot walk is followed by a motorboat ride along the Punkva underground river. The ride includes the visit to the Masaryk Dome, one of the most beautiful caves of the Moravian Karst.
Guided tours are organized every 20 minutes within the period of 1. 4. - 30. 10. and every 40 minutes within 1. 11. - 31. 3. (of the following year). Maximal number of the visitors in one group is 54 persons (because of the 3 boats capacity). Children under the age of 3 are not admitted to the cave.
It attracts with large underground spaces which belong to the largest ones in the area of the Moravian Karst. Later discovered areas include very rich stalagmite decorations, especially the "Bamboo Forest", a group of rare, several metres high stick-shaped stalagmites.
Guided tours are organized every 20 minutes for groups of 60 people at most, within the period of 1. 4. - 31. 10. Only 3 entries per day are permitted within the period of 1. 2. - 31. 3.
The cave is closed in October, November and January.
Balcarka Cave is situated in a picturesque karst valley near Ostrov u Macochy. This cave boasts of unique, very rich, varied and colourful stalactite and stalagmite decorations.
Guided tours are organized every 20 minutes for groups of 50 people at most, within the period of 1. 4. - 31. 10. Only 3 entries per day are permitted within the period of 1. 2. - 31. 3.
The cave is closed in October, November and January.
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