A tour to Silická ľadnica – UNESCO ice cave within the Slovak Karst National Park
Silická ľadnica is unique ice cave situated in the southern portion of Slovakia. It is a part of the Slovak Karst National Park and is also included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with other caves in the area.
It is known for being the lowest situated ice cave in Europe, some resources list it as the lowest situated ice cave in the world. You can find it near the village of Silica, not far from the borders with Hungary.
Silická ľadnica is 1000 meters long and 100 meters deep. The cave is a part of Silická – Gombasecká cave system, and although you can visit Gombasecká cave located nearby, Silická ľadnica is not open to the public.
The tourists, however, can access its entrance where it is also very cold even in hot summer. Accessing the deeper parts of the cave is forbidden and very dangerous.
A tour to Silická ľadnica ice cave
The easiest way on how to visit Silická ice cave is by car. You can leave a car at the small parking space near Silica village and then follow a yellow marked hiking trail. First, you will go through the field and then through the nice forest. You get to the ice cave after around 15 minutes of easy walk.
But there are lots of other hiking and cycling trails all around, so you can choose the one that suits you best.
What else to visit around Silická ľadnica
As mentioned earlier, you can visit nearby Gombasecká cave, which is another unique cave in Slovakia. But there is a lot more to do and visit in the region. Slovak Karst National park is full of caves (read more about Slovak caves here).
Where to stay
There are several accommodation options in the area. Probably the best and the closest one is Penzión U bieleho koňa in nearby Brzotín village. Here you can try riding a horse, they also have some spa and wellness facilities, which can be suitable after a long hiking day. It is a good place to stay if you want to discover this region and plan more day trips into the national park’s wild.