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Vazecka Cave

The Vazecka cave located between Liptovsky Mikulas and Poprad represents an important palaeontological finding place of cave bear bones (Ursus spelaeus). The sculpture in life size is newly installed in the cave. Though by length it belongs among the short show caves, it is known by occurrence of rich dripstone decoration, as well as by rare cave fauna.
National nature monument, Low Tatra
Vazecka Cave
Vazecka Cave
Slovakia, Žilina region
City: Važec
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Važecká Cave

It is formed in the Middle Triasic dark-grey Gutenstein limestones of the Biely Váh Series of the Choč Nappe, by ancient ponor waters of the Biely Váh side branch. Cave length is 530 m. Original river modelled passages are in several places reshaped by collapses, mainly along the interbed limestone surfaces.

Lenght: 530m

Underground spaces are decorated mostly by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone pools. A large part of the cave is filled with fine-grained sediments from floods of the Biely Váh River and perhaps also from waters of the ponor water flow in half-blind valley in Priepadlá. Air temperatures range between 6.5 and 7.1 °C, relative humidity between 94 and 96 %. Entrance parts are influenced by climatic changes on surface during the year, which are demonstrated by frost weathering of limestones.

Vazecka Cave

The cave represents an important palaeontological finding place of cave bear bones (Ursus spelaeus). From among cave invertebrates, the finding of Eukoenenia spelaea is remarkable and unique and means the northest occurrence of a representative of this order of palpigrades, by what the Važecká Cave ranks among the biospeleological localities of the European importance. Sporadical occurrence of several bat species was recorded in the cave.

Cave tour

The length of show path is 235 metres, vertical distance 5 metres, 88 steps. The duration of visit is about 25 minutes. Cave temperature is between 6,5 °C and 7,1°C.

There is rich snow-white flowstone decoration, small lakes and significant palaeontological finding place of cave bear bones, which lived here and stayed in cave all year long. Skeleton remains are located almost entirely in caves. It was prevailingly herbivore. The bear ate plants and berries and very seldom smaller animals.

Vazecka Cave

Acces to cave

It is located on the western edge of Vazec village between Liptovsky Mikulas and Poprad. The parking is immediately at the cave.

Car access to cave
- From Liptovsky Mikulas direction Poprad – 30 km,
- From Poprad through Svit direction Zilina – 25 km.

Vazecka Cave


Region

High Tatras

High Tatras mountains are located in the northern part of Slovakia, on the border with Poland. The first national park in Slovakia was declared here in 1949 (TANAP) and in 1993 they were together with Polish side of the Tatra mountains designated by UNESCO a Biospheric Reserve Tatr.

The High Tatras originated in the Tertiary by uplifting of the granite massive above terrain and the present appearance gained after several periods of glaciations in the Quaternary. This orogenetic activity formed the characteristic rocky peaks (Gerlachovský Peak, Kriváň, Rysy, Lomnický Peak), deep glacier valleys (Mengusovská Valley, Veľká and Malá Studená Valley), moraines and tarns (Štrbské Tarn, Skalnaté Tarn).

There are settlements with historical monuments in the surrounding (Kežmarok, Spišská Sobota, Poprad) and tourist centres - SKI resorts (Starý Smokovec, Štrbské Pleso, Tatranská Lomnica, Bachladeva - Ždiar) with possibilities of accommodation. It is possible to take whole day hiking tours to wider surrounding (Low Tatras, Pieniny, Slovak Paradise, Levoča, Temple of st.Jakub, Spiš Castle, Plejsy).

Belianske Tatras

The mountain range forms a distinct 14 km long limestone crest, running in east-west direction almost perpendiculary to the main crest of the High Tatras. In spite there is no tarn in this mountain range, it is considered the most beautiful and richest in natural phenomena of the whole Tatras. Nourishing limestone soils offer here, in contrast with the High Tatras, much more varied flora. The most typical species is the Alpine edelweis (Leontopodium alpinum).

The Demanovska Valley

The Demanovska Valley is the most known and beautiful valley of the Low Tatras. It is 15 km long and is the main centre of tourism on the northern side of the mountains - SKI Jasna. Geographically and geologically consists of two different parts: upper part, adjacent to the main crest, is made of granite and forms a whole complex of smaller valleys, the lower part is cut in limestones and strongly vertically dissected.

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: 4,00 € Seniors:  3,00 €
Children [6-15]: 2,00 € Students: 3,00 €

 
Source: www.ssj.sk

Vazecka Cave

Važec - Liptovský Mikuláš
LAT: 49.0563340 = 49° 3' 22.8024"
LON: 19.9719740 = 19° 58' 19.1064"

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