I personally believe Slovenia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe: it has so much to offer and so little people know about its treasures.
The first time I had the fortune to get to know a little more about this country was on the 16th of April 2017, when my family and I decided to get in the car and celebrate Easter in an uncommon way, by visiting the Postojnska jama (Postojna cave in English).
Postojnska cave covers almost 21km -as the cave divers discovered so far-, and about 5km are opened to the public. The tour starts with a ride on a small train which leads you to the core of the visit: the Big Mountain hall, a sort of main square where you can have access to the most beautiful rooms of the cave. Other than the ‘usual’ kind of rooms you can find in a cave (particularly remarkable are the spaghetti room and the white room), there even is a concert hall and a space used as a ballroom.
The tour averagely lasts for 1 hour, and it ends with the visit of a small aquarium where you can take a look at Proteus, a tiny and beautiful aquatic salamander which can only be found in this region.
The tourist guides are entertaining and qualified, ready to answer to any kind of questions and perfect for visitors of any age. Most important, the story they are going to tell is absolutely surprising: this cave has, indeed, an incredibly long history. Known ever since the prehistorical times, it became a public tourist attraction in 1818, when Luca Čeč accidentally discovered new incredible rooms and became the first guide for the first curious aristocrats of the time (included none other than Francis I, emperor of Austria Hungary!). I don’t want to reveal you anything more, it would be a pity to spoil your possible experience at this amazing site. I will just leave down below some photos I took, even if they can’t effectively convey the grandeur of this place.
I would like to conclude this article with a brief reflection, drafted at what I considered the pick of the visit: the moment when the guide turned off the lights. A soon as the darkness stood over, an irremediable feeling of distress stroke me and made me realize how a small and impotent creature I am compared to Nature. In this high-technological world, we are used to convincing ourselves of our mightiness, we usually give for granted the presence of even the weakest light which can drive us in our daily activities. Being left -even if for a few seconds- in the pitchest dark of a cave, may help you reevaluate, in the most chilling way, the centrality of light and of anything we are used to perceiving as granted.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience and got inspired about your next travel, which might be in the spirit of adventure at the discovery of Postojnska jama!
Hope to see you again, web voyager.