Driny cave

The Driny Cave is the only cave in the Little Carpathians open to the public. It is located in the area of national nature reserve Hlboča. The cave was formed in limestones of Driny Hill in Smolenice Karst. Driny represents the only discovered cave of a fissure type in Slovakia - its premises were created through orogenic motions. It is rich in sinter decoration and karst structures reminding of a drapery, cake and also elephant ears. The occurrence of dripstone, one of the varieties of aragonite, dotting some corridors of the cave represents a unique feature of the cave. It was formed through stagnant water precipitation. The cave was discovered by J. Banič and J. Vajsábel in 1929 and opened to the public six years later. Its length amounts to 680 m, the section opened to public is approximately 450 m and the entrance is at the altitude of 293 m. It is inhabited by bat colonies and thanks to excellent climatic conditions; it is used also for a speleotherapy. The easiest way to the cave leads from the recreation centre Jahodník but you can also use an educational trail to get there. The Driny Cave was declared a national nature monument in 1968.

Driny cave

Opening Hours

April 1 - May 31, September 1 - October 31 - tours: 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm; June 1 - June 30 - tours: every hour from 9am to 4pm; July 1 - august 31 - tours: every hour from 10am to 5pm; November 1 - March 31 and every Monday - closed


Driny cave
919 04 Smolenice

N 48.5038671 / E 17.42655309999998

Phone: 00421 33 5586200
E-mail: driny@ssj.sk
Webpage: http://www.ssj.sk/sk

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