This time, we explored a vast and unique part of our region that attracts athletes, recreation enthusiasts, lovers of nature and
everyone longing for a retreat from a daily routine.
Our adventure began with our arrival at Hotel Center. The hotel was fully renovated in 2018 and it is separated from the
famous Postojna Cave only by a 10-minute walk. Aside from marvellous rooms and
friendly staff, the hotel is a perfect place for a perfect getaway, since it is
located in a peaceful environment while still being in the vicinity of the town
We spent our day discovering Postojna and checked
out the events held in the main square in the evening. If you are lucky enough,
you will be able to visit some of the summer cultural events in the square during
the time of your stay and really feel the pulse of the town.
On the second day of our trip, we visited the
nearby Planina Cave. We set off on bicycles in the morning. After ten
kilometres, we made our first stop at the Planina Polje, considered to be a
typical example of a karst polje and the last polje of its kind at the
Ljubljanica River basin. The Unica River also paves its way across the polje,
and it can be visited during any season, as it offers numerous possibilities to
spend time: from walking, jogging, cycling and all the way to ice skating in
winter. As we were cycling, we noticed various birds, butterflies and meadow
Fun fact: Did you know that you can find more
butterfly species on a single karst polje than in the entire Great Britain?
Planina Polje. Photo: Aleš Komovec
Cycling around the plain took us to Haasberg Castle. The ruins of a former baroque mansion rise high above the gorge of the
Unica River on the southern part of the Planina Polje. Unfortunately, the
castle was completely burned down during World War II. Yet the sight of it
still confirms that this used to be one of the most representative castle
buildings in Slovenia.
Haasberg Castle. Photo: Denis Komen
After a short visit we moved onto the other
side the road to see an old barn. A magical grassy courtyard surrounded by stone
walls serves as a place for various outdoor events today. In the Castle Barn,
as it is called, various exhibitions, concerts and workshops take place in the
The Škratovka Haasberg Society (the word 'Škratovka' stands for 'Gnome Cave') is the herald of a new life in the castle. Among other various
events, the members of the society organize storytelling adventures for
children about the valley of magical dwarves and their mischiefs. We also checked
out a smaller ethnological collection of different artefacts found at that
Castle Barn. Photo: Denis Komen
It was soon time to visit the Demšar Diner
where we treated ourselves to a delicious lunch. Having recovered our energy,
we rode our bikes towards Ravbar’s Tower.
The tower represents a surviving remnant of the
medieval Little Castle, and it was named after the Ravbar family from the 15thcentury. The castle’s main role was to protect the important road between the
Ljubljana basin and the coast. You can also take a look at the tower’s interior
by prior arrangement.
Ravbar's Tower. Photo: Denis Komen
After a short stop for sightseeing we were already
racing towards the largest water cave in Slovenia, situated on the southern
edge of the Planina Polje. We were most fascinated by the majestic 20-meter-wide
and 8-meter-tall entrance into the cave, which was even more enriched by the
humming of the Unica River. We entered the cave accompanied by a tour guide and
carrying halogen lamps, and so our one-hour visit began. A pleasant yet
exciting walk along a secured path took us to a unique confluence of the
underground rivers where the Rak River flowing from Rakov Škocjan and the Pivka
River coming from the Postojna Cave merge together into the Unica River. During
our walk, we observed the unique underground confluences, lakes, stalagmites
and stalactites, and found out that the cave is home to 60 aquatic species and
40 terrestrial animal species.
You can also visit the cave on a boat. The boat
tour takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, and it can be carried out only when the
water level is low, which is why prior arrangement is necessary.
Planina Cave. Photo: Simon Kržič
After a full day of new discoveries and
adventures, we waved Planina goodbye and went back down the same road to our
hotel in Postojna. If you are still looking for trip ideas, you will not be
disappointed by a visit of the sights mentioned above.
Read you later! :)