Postojna Cave on Boxing Day

While some of you are attending the crazy sales on Boxing Day, I spent my day in a little differently 🙂 – since Boxing Day is not very popular in Slovenia, my husband and I opted for a nice trip, izlet, out.

The sun was bright, the sky blue, the temperature above 0ºC, every element for a wonderful day out. My husband and I weren’t sure where to go exactly, so we grabbed our copy of 52 Izletov by Nina Arlič (a gift that we got for our wedding), flipped some pages and decided to go visit the Postojna Cave.

As some of you already know, Postojna CavePostojnska Jama is the most famous cave in Slovenia and a renown  world attraction, visited by its 36 millionth visitor in 2015. Everyday, the Postojnska Jama Park is a very popular touristic spot, especially during the holidays, therefore, I strongly suggest that you reserve your tickets ahead and avoid the long waiting lines.

This was my first time visiting the Postojna Cave, I haven’t went before, mainly because of the price, 22.90€ but on Boxing Day, we used our  Spar Discount Card and got a 50% discount on the tickets. Also, you have a possibility to combine activities (Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Proteus Vivarium and EXPO Postojna Cave Karst) as a package. We visited the Postojna Cave and the Proteus Vivarium.

Underground Train into the Postojna Cave

The others caves that I have visited, I always had to walk in with a guide, the experience in Postojna was a bit different. Every 30 mins, a mini train brings the visitors into the main part of the cave. The ride is about 5 mins and the rail system exists since 1872.

I was pretty excited, the ride was short but at a very decent speed. While riding the mini train, be careful not to raise your arms or move your head outside the train as the path is pretty narrow and you don’t want to hurt yourself.

From the mini train, you can already admire the impressive stalagmites of the cave. You can also feel the cold temperature of the cave, around 10ºC, so dress warmly and have a good pair of shoes.

The Walk through Living Nativity Scenes

The Postojna Cave has approximately 24 km of paths, halls and tunnels. The visit of the cave, following the mini train ride, is about 90 mins.

Glimpse of a Christmas Tree inside of Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Glimpse of a Christmas Tree inside of Postojna Cave, Slovenia

For the holidays seasons, the Postojna Cave is filled with festivities and Christmas lights. When we went off the mini train,  we were greeted by a hostess and live music.

Along the path, there were living nativity scenes through the caves, making the experience even more joyful. You can see angels, Mary, Joseph, Jesus and many more. Some scene are accompanied by live singers and light shows. The  scenes are truly impressive  and enchanting.

At the end, we reached the Great Hall for the final touch of the visit, it is so huge that it can hold up to 10 000 people at the same time! Then the mini train came pick us up and brought us back outside the cave.

Proteus, the Human Fish

The most famous cave animal can be seen in aquariums during the Postojna Cave visit and in the Proteus Vivarium.

This aquatic salamander reaches around 25 to 30 cm of length, lives completely underwater and is adapted to the darkness. Its eyes are undeveloped, leaving him blind.

The proteus is also called the “human fish” because of the color of its skin.

Due to the lack of lighting in the vivarium, taking a good pictures of the Proteus was very difficult, you will have to go for yourself 😉

Wall of Old Signatures

Since the Middle Ages, the Postojna Cave has already attracted many visitors. Back then, it was normal that visitors would sign their names on the walls of the cave. The oldest signature discovered was dating from 1213! Although, it can’t be seen anymore as it has been covered by natural calcite growth.

Wall of Old Signature in Proteus Vivarium in Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Wall of Old Signature in Proteus Vivarium in Postojna Cave, Slovenia

You can see the “New” Wall of signatures in Postojna Vivarium. Those signatures are dating from 1818, when guided tour of the Postojna Cave begun.

Nowadays it is common sense that signing on the walls of the cave is strictly prohibited!

I had a wonderful Boxing Day without the buzz of doing some crazy shopping. Visiting the Postojna Cave during the Christmas holidays was totally worth it. I’ve also calmed my curiosity around proteus by seeing them myself.

Once again, happy holidays,
have some awesome quality time with your loved ones,
Anna ❤

Day 3 – Predjama Castle, Lipica & Piran

Visiting more at a lesser cost, looking for free/low-cost activities alternatives is what motivated me to write my series “Slovenia on Budget”. It’s for people with a car, that like to visit many highlights and spend less. I don’t include accommodations or transports in this post.

If you want, you can first read

Day 3 – Predjama Castle, Lipica & Piran

Impressive View of the Largest Castle above a Cave

Today, we’re going to the southwest part of Slovenia, visiting two regions: (Coast-Karst and Notranjska-Karst. Don’t forget your camera, sun cream and your brilliant smile! Let’s go!

Predjama Castle above a Cave

The simple view of the 800 years old Predjama Castle is astonishing. It holds the title of the largest cave castle in the world. Its position is also peculiar: in the middle of a 123 m cliff and above a cave.

The ticket to visit the Predjama Castle is 11€, but we preferred to take photos from outside. After all, some sites are prettier from the outside

We didn’t go inside the Postojna Cave or Predjama Castle due to our tight schedule.

Lipicanec, the Noble Horse

Graceful Lipicanec gazing in the Endless Pasture

I’ve always been fascinated by horses, therefore, Lipica near Sežana was a must-must-go for me. In Lipica, the horses roam “freely” within very large pastures. You can therefore walk from the parking lot and easily admire them for the whole day (and for free).

You can also go inside the Lipica Stud Farm with a guided tour (12€) and learn about their history. It is good to mention that the Lipica is the oldest stud farm in Europe that breed only one breed of horse: the Lipicanec, a breed of noble dressing horses from the 16th century.

Nowadays, all modern Lippizans trace their bloodlines to only 8 stallions and 35 mares. The Lipicanec are born dark and as they grown, they gradually become grey (not pure white as some might think) with white hair.

If you choose your day of visit well, you will be able to see a 45 mins presentation of the Lipica Classical Riding School combined with a guided tour (19€). From April to October, every Sunday at 3pm. From May to the end of September, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 3pm.

My parents were happy by photographing the Lipicanec from the pastures (for free) and they do come very very close, so you can pet and take selfies with them!

Piran, the Sea Coast

Slovenia only has a 46 km long coast along the Adriatic Sea, the main cities in that region are Piran, Izola, Portorož and Koper. Walking by the sea, smelling the salty air, taking a good dose of Vitamin D, watching the boats, suntanning, swimming, eating ice cream… is so relaxing.

Piran is the last town, at the edge of Slovenia and it attracts a lot of tourists every year. Driving to Piran, you will pass by some very pretty streets sheltered by tall trees. Finding a parking in Piran is a bit tricky, that’s why we park at Fornace, which is about 800 m from Piran main square – Tartini Square. There’s also a free shuttle bus between Fornace and Tartini Square.

Sunny Day at the Slovenian Coast

The streets in Piran are very smalls and paved with stones. It gives a feel of being in Venice, Italy. The architecture of the houses is also very similar.

You can easily visit the St-George Church and have a very nice view at the Adriatic Sea. You can also walk up to the Piran Town Walls and climb it for a mere 1€ , from there you can easily see the amazing peninsula of Piran.

If you’re looking for a souvenir, make sure to visit the store Piranske SolineSlovenia is famous for its gourmet salt, which is called Solni cvet – Fleur de Sel or Flower of Salt. (More information: Traditional Salt-Making in Slovenia.)

BONUS: Slovenian Caves

Indeed, the World Famous Touristic Cave in Slovenia is Postojnska Jama, with its train across the cave do attract a lot of people. The admission fee is not for free (22.90€), although you can get a small discount if you get combined package (details).

The Škocjan Cave is a good alternative, it is part of the UNESCO’s natural and cultural world heritage protected sites since 1986. The admission fee is  (varies from 6 to 16€, depending on which path you choose to go) and it’s a walking path.

When visiting caves, please dress warm as the temperature are much colder (8-10°C) and wear a very good pair of shoes, as the terrain will be quite slippery.

Don’t forget to check the weather before you go, especially if you’re going to be outside for the whole day! Don’t forget to bring your sun cream and let me know how you enjoyed your day, via the comment box below!

Have a look at my Gallery and our next destination: Day 4 – Tolmin & Around.

Let’s travel,