EFUF 2016 Saturday Excursion: The Škocjan Caves Park

The Saturday excursion is finally revealed! While attending EFUF 2016, we will explore the mysterious world of the Škocjan Caves Regional Park – above and below the ground.

The Škocjan Caves Regional Park is like an open-air museum, well known for its ethnological, karstological, geological and archaeological monuments, as well as for its natural and cultural heritage. The park is rich with unique natural site features (caves, collapse dolines and underground stream) and with great diversity of flora and fauna.

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Škocjan Caves Park – above ground

The park’s cave system with its underground river Reka represents the most important natural phenomenon of the Karst region and one of the largest underground canyons in the world. Its colourful underground world is adorned with giant stalactites, water rapids and beautiful lakes. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves Regional Park has been on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites since 1986 and is also part of the Natura 2000 network.

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Škocjan Caves Park – below ground

We will take a guided walk through the Škocjan Caves Park, enjoy the unspoiled nature and learn all about the park: how it operates, how it enables the residents to benefit from it and how it is supported by research activities. We will also get acquainted with the brand development and tourist activity of the park.

Here are some more teaser photos of the breathtaking Škocjan Caves Park.

Written by Anita Mašek, Slovenian Forestry Institute

Photos: Škocjan Caves Park Photo Archive