Travel to Slovakia
Day 7 Gerlachov - Dobšinská - Slovensky Raj - Gerlachov (138 Km)
(in 43 Km.) Dobšinská Ice Cave: Dobšinská Ice Cave is part of the set of Stratená caves. Formed in the mid-Triassic. There are limestone along the fault lines and surfaces merging. The cave has a length of 1,483 meters and a height of 112 m. The main part of the cave is formed by a giant cavity that descends from the entrance to a depth of 70 meters, which was formed by the columns of rocks falling from different eras and different compositions.
Dobšinská Ice Cave - Access
At present, the most of its volume is filled with glacier, sometimes up to the ceiling, by which it is divided into individual parts (Great and Small Hall, Ruffiny’s Corridor and Ground Floor). Collapsed Dome (Zrútený dóm) is partly glaciated, and its edge reaches as far as under the Duča breakdown. The entrance to the cave is on the northern slope of the Duča Hill at elevation of 969,5 m (20 minutes up from the parking). Cave length is 1,483 m. Duration of visit: 515 m. Cave spaces go down from the beginning, which together with northern orientation enables the descent of cold air and overall cooling of the cave.
Dobšinská Ice Cave - Entrada
Opening to the cave called "ice hole" was known since long time ago. However, it was only E. Ruffíni accompanied by G. Lang, A. Mega and F. Fehér who descended underground in 1870. Thanks to the Dobšiná town, the cave was opened for the public as early as 1871. Experiments with electric lighting began in 1881. Regular electric lighting was introduced in 1887. The cave belongs among the first electrically illuminated caves in the world. A concert was held in the Great Hall in 1890 to the tribute of Karl Ludwig von Habsburg. It was known also by summer skating, which took place for the first time in 1893.
Dobšinská Ice Cave
The cave has several magnificent parts – Great and Small Halls, Ruffiny’s Corridor and Collapsed Dome. The parts without ice have names Dripstone and White Hall, Dry Dome, Dripstone Cellar and Hell. Air temperature in the Great Hall is from -3,8 to + 0,5 C. One of the interesting facts on the cave is that up to the 1946 a skating for public was permitted all year round. The well known Czechoslovak figure skater Karol Divín and a company of military speed skaters trained here in the fifties. The visitors descend only several tens meters underground and find themselves in an ice kingdom of cold and perfect products of the mother Nature.
Dobšinská Ice Cave
(in 13 Km.) Dedinky: The road climbs up the forested uplands of the National Park Slovak Paradise. About 3.5 miles beyond Mlynky, a short detour to the left leads to Dedinky. Attractively set on the edge of a vast lake, and mountains as a backdrop, this large settlement is the main southern gateway to the National Park.
(in 41 Km.) Slovensky raj: Slovak Paradise (Slovensky Raj) is a limestone massif with several peaks reaching over 1000 meters. However, not so much the height that gave it its name, in not the deep and narrow gorges carved into the limestone by streams and rivers. Accessible by bridges, ladders, chains and bridges, tight gullies and cliffs are truly a paradise for walkers who frequent the park throughout the year. The flora and fauna are exceptionally rich and are subject to strict protection. We don´t visited the park because when we were beginning the trip started a storm and we decided to return to Cingov.
The main objective of the two-hour walk along the river gorge is the viewpoint Hornad Tomasov (Tomásovsky vyhl´ad). This spectacular rock balcony over the river is one of the most photographed sites in Slovakia. The area of more difficult access (with ladders and chains that facilitate the passage) is only possible in one direction only, reason that if you start the journey must be complete until the end.
(in 41 Km.) We come back to Gerlachov.