Dobšinská Ice Cave, Slovakia

Dobšinská is a really small village. I think the population is just some hundreds. Walking down the street I didn’t see any villagers.

Dobšinská is in rich nature.

Dobšinská is in rich nature.

Dobšinská Ice Cave-rail station

Dobšinská Ice Cave-rail station

Lumber industry thriving in this area.

Lumber industry thriving in this area.

Pastoral landscape of Dobšinská village

Pastoral landscape of Dobšinská village

It took 10 minutes from the station to the Dobšinská Ice Cave starting. The cave is located on a hillside.

The start to the Ice Cave

The start to the Ice Cave

Mountain path to the Ice Cave

Mountain path to the Ice Cave

I had to climb up 30 minutes to the Ice Cave. I didn’t come here climbing mountain.

This is the  ice caves office, you must pay some money for taking photos.

This is the ice caves office, you must pay some money for taking photos.

Dobšinská Ice Cave is an ice cave in Slovakia, since 2000 it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list as a part of Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst site.

Entrance of the Ice Cave

Entrance of the Ice Cave

The cave was discovered 1870 by a royal mining engineer, though the entrance was known from time immemorial by shepherds and hunters as Cold Hole.

Go down to a mysterious world.

Go down to a mysterious world.

Walk into a giant ice.

Walk into a giant ice.

Interior the Dobšinská Ice Cave

Interior the Dobšinská Ice Cave

The cave floor descends from the entrance which faces North; this results in rapid cooling of the cave in winter as cold air can fall down. On the other hand, the interior is quite protected from the warm environment in summer.

Strange appearance

Strange appearance

Ice Monster

Ice Monster

Nature is the best artist.

Nature is the best artist.

The annual temperature average stays around 0°C. The cave iced up, as this cycle repeated for many centuries. The age of the cave is estimated at approximately 250,000 years.

Dobšinská Ice Cave souvenir shop

Dobšinská Ice Cave souvenir shop

After the ice cave, I got some cards at a souvenir shop and left.

Dobšinská Village

Dobšinská Village

Walking down the street, I thought this village is peaceful and relaxed. I would like to live in this village.

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