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Driny Cave

Driny Cave is the only show cave in the western Slovakia. It is located in the Smolenice karst in the Lesser Carpathians, to the southwest of Smolenice. The mysterious hole in the earth was known for the local people already in the 19-th century. As compared with other show caves in Slovakia, where usually larger underground spaces prevail, it represents a system of narrow fissure passages, however with beautiful dripstone decoration.
National nature monument, Lesser Carpathians
Driny Cave
Driny Cave
Slovakia, Trnava region
City: Smolenice
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Driny Cave

It is formed in brown-grey Lower Cretaceous chert limestones of the Vysocký Nappe by corrosion of atmospheric waters penetrating along tectonic faults. The cave reaches the length of 680 m and vertical span of 40 m. It consists of narrow fissure passages, from one to three meters wide (Collaborators’ Passage, Beňovský‘s Passage, Passage of Hopes) and not big hall spaces (Slovak Speleological Society Hall), formed mostly on intersection of tectonic faults. The discovery chimney, which descends to 36 m’s depth from the upper opening to the intersection of the Entrance Passage (Vstupná chodba) with the Collaborators’ Passage, has a character of doline chimney.

Lenght: 680m     Depth: 40m

A rich sinter fill decorates fissure underground spaces. Flowstone draperies with indented facing are typical for this cave. Flowstone waterfalls and flowstone structures, pagoda-like stalagmites and various forms of stalactites occur her. Also small flowstone pools, supplied with water by percolating rainfall water, can be found here.

Driny Cave

Air temperature in the rear parts of the Driny Cave ranges between 7,1 and 7,8 °C, relative humidity between 92 and 97 %. Influences of outside climate show themselves under the Discovery Chimney, which communicates with the surface, and in the Entrance Passage. Air temperature in these spaces reaches from 5,6 to 8,7 °C. Eleven bat species have been found here by now. The most abundant is the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros). From among other species the following ones can be found here: Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), Greater Mouse-Eared Bat (Myotis myotis), Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus), Common Long-Eared Bat (Plecotus aurituss), and others.

Cave tour

The show path is 450 m long with 10 m vertical distance and 151 steps. The visit in cave lasts 35 min. Cave temperature is from 7,1 to 7,8°C.

Cave interior consists of narrow fissure passages. A rich sinter fill decorates fissure underground spaces. Flowstone draperies with indented facing are typical for this cave. Flowstone waterfalls and flowstone structures, pagoda-like stalagmites and various forms of stalactites occur her. Also small flowstone pools, supplied with water by percolating rainfall water, can be found here.

Driny Cave

Acces to cave

It is the only show cave in the Western Slovakia. It is located in the Smolenice Karst in the Lesser Carpathians Mountains, south-westerly from Smolenice, in the Trnava district and near the recreation resort Jahodník. The cave lies in the territory of the Lesser Carpathians Protected Landscape Area. The entrance is situated on the western slope of the Driny Hill, which protrudes from the south-western hillside of Cejtach and lies 399 m above sea level.

Access to cave

The parking place is about 1 km away from the Smolenice village close to the recreational centre Jahodnik, to the northwest from Trnava in the Lesser Carpathians. The distance from parking place to the cave is 1 km by a forest road with vertical distance of 100 m, the access lasts about 20 min. The end of access trail is a little steeper with 100 steps.

Car access to cave
- From Trnava direction Senica through Smolenice – 20 km.

Driny Cave


Region

The Lesser Carpathians Protected Landscape Area

It is the only large protected area of vineyard character in Slovakia. The Lesser Carpathians Mts. represent edge mountains of the inner Carpathians lying in their south-western tip. They form core mountains with specific evolution of crystalline core with both envelope and nappe units. There are various rocks in the area – granites, limestones, shales, phyllites, amphiboles and others.

Red Stone Castle

The Red Stone Castle was first mentioned in 1240 and is considerd one of the unique objects of the Central European construction. A museum documenting the life and way of housing of aristocracy was set up in the castle. The public has access to the castle only from 1997. An exposition with several types of housing spaces from Renaissance to Historism style is available for visitors.

Smolenice Castle

A dominant of the Smolenice village is the Smolenice Castle, which towers on the eastern foothill of the Lesser Carpathians. The surrounding is suitable for short walking tours in forests, meadows or the Driny Cave. The castle is surrounded by a large and maintained park. A part of the outer fortifications, which are remains of the fort that guarded the Czech Road, with shooting range was preserved near the castle.

Useful information

  • Caves are closed on Mondays and January 1. and December 24.-26., regular admission is realized at minimum of 4 persons.
  • The admissions can be realized according to the situation on decision of cave manager also between the times of regular ones.
  • Extra admission can be enabled by the cave manager on request of visitors also between the times of regular admissions. The fluency of operation cannot be disturbed and an extra fee must be paid.


​Pricelist

Adults: 5,00 € Seniors:  4,00 €
Children [6-15]: 2,50 € Students: 4,00 €


Source: www.ssj.sk

Driny Cave

Smolenice - Trnava
LAT: 48.5011090 = 48° 30' 3.9924"
LON: 17.4037530 = 17° 24' 13.5108"

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