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Introducing Škocjan Caves

The immense system of karst caves at Škocjan, a Unesco World Heritage site, easily rival those at Postojna, and for many travellers, a visit here will be a highlight of their trip to Slovenia – a page right out of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

The Škocjan Caves (Škocjanske Jame), 5.8km long and 250m deep, were carved out by the Reka River, which enters in a gorge below the village of Škocjan and eventually flows into the Dead Lake, a sump at the end of the cave where it disappears. It surfaces again – this time as the Timavo River – at Duino in Italy, 40km to the northwest, before emptying into the Gulf of Trieste.