Ochtinska Aragonite Cave
Listed as an UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and one-of-a-kind in Central Europe, Ochtinska cave boasts a unique aragonite decorations.
Three generations of aragonite were discovered in the cave. The oldest is 138 thousand years old! Aragonite decoration in the shape of needles, tufts, branches, spirals, tips, sun and countless other forms was created by the activity of atmospheric waters in crystalline limestones of white and blue-gray color. The Milky Way Hall is perhaps the most beautiful - the ceiling is covered with white bunches of aragonite, glowing in the lamplight like stars in the night sky.
The tour is 300 m long and lasts half an hour. Elevation is only 19 m, so smaller children can handle it too.
|1.4. - 31.5.||Tuesday - Sunday||9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00|
|Summer season (1.6. - 31.8.)||Tuesday - Sunday||9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00|
|1.9. - 31.10.||Tuesday - Sunday||9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00|
|1.11. - 31.3.||closed||closed|
Entry fee for an adult is 6 €. Photographing permission costs extra 10 €.
How to get there
The cave is located in Slovak Rudohorie mountains between Roznava and Jelsava. If you are coming from Roznava, after the Stitnik village turn right towards Hradok. Parking is 300 m away from the cave.