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Postojna Cave

Practice on:

Tourist visits to Postojna Cave and other tourist offer.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: SI02 Zahodna Slovenija
Start date: beginning of 19th century
Type of initiative:  public-private partnership
Description of the practice:

Success of the mass cave tourism.

The Postojna Cave is a 20-km long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, which has in almost 200 years been visited by over 34 million people. It is both the largest cave of the Classical Karst and the show cave with the largest numbers of visitors in Europe.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

In spite of favourable traffic links, developed industry and agriculture, Postojna and its surroundings still boast a number of areas with a relatively well preserved natural environment, shared among people, plants and animals: the Cerknica Lake, the Snežnik-Pivka area, Planinsko Polje and the Nanoščica river basin. The programme focuses predominantly on the conservation of habitats and the protection of birds. Some rare specimens of birds, fish and other types of animals can be observed among the abundance of species found in habitats such as karst poljes, plateaux, wetlands, lakes and rivers. Observing them should not disturb them in their natural environment and is thus organised in small groups with expert guides.

Visual impact and recreational value:

On the internet site it`s possible to use multimedia with pictures and videos of the Postojna Cave; there is also a virtual tour, which places you in the center of the cave and all its beauties.

Cultural heritage:

Nativity scenes in the Postojna Cave: Christmas and NYE festive season
Day of culture and attractions: 8 February
Carters' Holiday: the 1st Sunday in July
Erazem's Knight Tournament: 3rd Sunday in July
Military History Festival: the 3rd weekend in September
Postojna Blues Festival, every 3rd Thursday of the month

Environmental impact:

Underground water treatment plant.

Economic viability:

Its possible to organise special cave events for groups, there is a conference center nearby, weddings and other celebrations are organised in Jamski dvorec and Predjama castle. Almost 500.000 people per year visits  the Postojna Caves, which makes them the largest tourist attraction in Slovenia.

Contact details:
Name: Postojna Cave
Organisation: POSTOJNSKA JAMA, d.d.
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Date added: 12.9.2011  Hits: 266
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