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The Pekel Cave

  • Location

    Zalog pri Šempetru,
    3311 Šempeter v Savinjski dolini
  • Opening hours

    From 17th of June guided tours of the cave will be held every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00. If You wish to visit us with a group outside of regular schedule hours, please contact us on tel: 00 386 31 645 937.
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The Pekel Cave

For millions of years, the Ponikvica creek ran over the plateau of the Ponikva karst, seeped through the calciferous ground and created a magical underground karstic cave in the middle of the Lower Savinja Valley. With a bit of imagination, an image of the Devil himself can be seen above the entrance. In the winter, when the external temperature is lower than the temperature in the cave, steam sometimes comes out of the entrance. That is why our ancestors used to be afraid of the cave and named it Pekel (Hell).

A well-protected path past numerous stalactite formations and side tunnels rises all the way towards the 4m high underground waterfall on the Peklenščica creek, which is also the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia. The stairs take us to the upper, dry part, which contains more stalactite formations. The visitor exits the cave through the artificially made exit 42 m higher.

Temperature in the cave: 10 °C.

Appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended.

Visit duration: approximately one hour.