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Gombasecka Cave

Gombasecka Cave belongs among the most important caves of the Slovak Karst national park. It is known mostly by occurrence of thin straw stalactites. Within the „Caves of Slovak and Aggtelek Karst“ it was inscribed on the world heritage list. Speleotherapy was introduced in this cave for the first time in Slovakia with the intention to cure diseases of respirative apparatus in 1968.
National nature monument, World Heritage Caves, Slovak Karst
Gombasecka Cave
Gombasecka Cave
World Natural Heritage
Slovakia, Košice region
City: Slavec
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Gombasecka Cave

It is formed in the Middle Triassic pale Wetterstein limestones, dark-grey Gutenstein limestones, pale limestones and dolomitic limestones along the tectonic faults, by corrosive and erosive activities of the Black Brook and its intermittent tributary from the well in the Marble Hall. The Gombasecká Cave and Silická Ice Cave are a part of the Silica-Gombasek underground hydrological system. Both the caves are separated by so far unknown section of the Black Brook. It springs to the surface through the Black Resurgence, 11 m above the bottomland of the Slaná River.

Lenght: 1525m

The Gombasecka Cave represents a fluviokarst outlet cave, which is 1,525 m long. The two floors consist of oval, river modeled as well as fissure passages, which are in places widened by collapses into domes and halls. The upper floor is situated 5 to 10 above the active riverbed of the Black Brook, which flows in the lower parts of the cave. The Dry Passage, located on the upper floor, was formed by waters of unknown origin, which intermittently rise through the 10 m deep well in the Marble Hall also at present.

The cave is unique by thin straw stalactites, which can reach as much as 3 meters’ length. Also other forms of stalactites, stalagmites, sinter curtains, coatings and crusts can be found here. Air temperature in the cave ranges between 9.0 and 9.4 ºC, and relative humidity between 95 and 97%.

Gombasecka Cave

Remarkable is the finding of a blind multipede of Typhloiulus sp. genus with 26 mm body length, which represents the biggest troglobite – genuine cave animal ever found in the Slovakian caves. From among the bats, which occur in the cave only occasionally, we can observe the Smaller Horseshoe Bat sometimes in spring or autumn season. Fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) use to dwell in the entrance passage from autumn to spring in the recent years.

Cave tour

The length of accessible part of the cave is 285 m, but since almost all the path is walked through twice, the length of the show path is 530 m, the duration of the visit is 30 min. Vertical distance is only 7-8 m, and the number of steps is 87. Air temperature in the cave reaches 9 to 9,4°C.

The visitors can watch the thin, hollow flowstone soda straw stalactites, which are formed and preserved here like in no other cave in Slovakia. Except for them, there are other forms of stalactites, stalagmites, thin flowstone layers and crusts.

Gombasecka Cave

Acces to cave

The cave is located 10 km southerly from Roznava, on the left hand side of the Slana River canyon, between Roznava and Plesivec. The parking place is very close to the cave.

Car access to cave
- From Roznava direction Tornala – 10 km,
- From Tornala direction Roznava – 20 km.

Gombasecka Cave


​Region

Slovak Karst

The Slovak Karst, located on the Slovak and Hungarian border, is surrounded by the South Slovakian, Rožňava and Košice Basins and Volovské Hills. It is the largest karst territory of Slovakia. The area of 36,100 ha is included in the national park with protection zone of 34,900 ha.

The Slovak Karst consists of 7 plateaux: Koniarska Plateau, Plešivská Plateau, Silická Plateau, Horný vrch, Zádielska Plateau, Jasovská Plateau and Dolný vrch. Jelšavský karst is adjacent on the western edge. The Slovak Karst is formed mostly by Triassic limestones and dolomites reaching the thickness of 400-500 m in the southern part and divided by deep canyons of the Slaná and Štítnik rivers, as well as by Zádielsky and Hájsky brook. The plateaux are full of dolines, springs, caves and abysses.

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

Gombasecka Cave

Slavec - Rožňava
LAT: 48.5630560 = 48° 33' 47.0016"
LON: 20.4675000 = 20° 28' 3"

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