Postojna Cave is not even the most essential cave system of Slovenia, although it's indeed the most famous. The bigger and more important cave system is Škocjan Cave, which carries the title of UNESCO natural heritage site -this is on our list for next destination.
On the day of our departure I was ecstatic. My husband asked me whether after all these years my expectation of the cave had built up so high I might be disappointed when I finally see it.
I felt the need to prepare babygirl well for the trip. Caves are dark, wet and cold. A scary place for a toddler. I wanted to enjoy the experience, and the last thing I wanted is a toddler screaming and wanting to get out of it in the middle of the tour. She really liked Oziđana pećina Cave we visited in Krka National Park (about that trip here) but Postojna Cave is way bigger than Oziđana pećina, it's 24 kilometers long (5 kilometers are open to visitors -which is a huge surface for a cave). Then I remember how she really liked the bats and bats story in Oziđana pećina, so we decided to reactivate the bat-mood two days before the trip to Postojna. We told her we're visiting bats' house -although there's no bats in Postojna Cave, but she has the idea of a cave as the house of bats. This story got her super excited, to which her dad spiced up with the story about human fish (Proteus anguinus), a very rare species live in Postojna Cave.
|Who wouldn't be impressed with such a natural wonder?|
|Beautiful limestone: the kind of view seen during our train ride|
|The path of the walking tour: easy, safe and child-friendly|
|The "gothic" and "brilliant" stalagmite, the two most famous stalagmites, which are also the symbol of the cave|
When we got out of the cave, the rain was pouring. Babygirl was hungry so we decided to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the cave park complex called Jamski dvorec. Babygirl and I shared pumpkin soup and spaghetti bolognese, my husband got roasted porcini mushroom with salad and my mother in law got autumn risotto -with turkey and mushrooms. Once we're done with lunch, which was very good, at a fair price of around €10 per person, the rain stopped, so we walked back to the car at the parking lot (which cost €4 for the whole day).
So, if you've been thinking about going to a cave, but afraid your toddlers would not like it, don't worry! If you prepare them right, they could actually love the experience. Our did! Caves (even the big ones like Postojna) could be child-friendly too :)
As for my high expectation my husband questioned about, did the cave actually meet it? Absolutely.