Snežanka Peštera - Snejanka Cave - Snow-White Cave

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Location: 4km south-west of Peštera, 8km north of Batak. Bataška Planina (Batak mountains), Rodopi (Western Rhodopes). 20km South of Pazardžik.
From Pazardžik follow road 37 south, behind Peštera, on the left bank of the Novomahalenska river. Signposted single lane road to the cave, 1 hour walk.
Open: Summer daily 9-17:15.
Winter Mon-Fri 10-16.
Fee: Adults EUR 1.30
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=145m, T=6°C.
Guided tours: D=45min.
Bibliography: Dietmar Sömer (2001): Snzhanka. Die "Schneewittchen"-Höhle. Eine Schauhöhle in Bulgarien, Karst/Höhle, 10/2001, pp22-24. (Deutsch - German)
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03-JAN-1961 discovered.


Snežanka Peštera is a rather small cave, but it is exceptionally rich in speleothems. It is named after a stalagmite in the Magic Hall, which is snow white and resembles a womans' figure (snow white). However, the speleothems are not generally white, but yellow, brown, white or blueish. At the entrance huge stalagmites dominate, later the ceiling is covered by soda straws, some pilar like stalagmites are of impressive beauty. Most dripstones are wet and active, and fortunately there are no signs of vandalism so far.

Some 10 to 20cm long curtains in the last chamber sound when they are hit softly. Cave descriptions tell, you should not hit them yourself, as the guide knows which ones sound best and how to avoid breaking them. Actually it is a bad idea to hit speleothems, so most caves of the world where this was practiced a few years ago abandoned it by now. We hope the Bulgarians will learn this too.

Whil the cave is one of the most beautiful show caves of the country, it is rather hard to reach. There is a trail to the cave which requires one hour uphill walk.

A Thracian tribe lived in this cave during Iron Age. His remains are bones, pieces of earthenware and a bronze needle. Excavations took place in the floor of the Big Hall, soon after the cave was discovered officially in 1961. The circular fire place they left are visible on the tour.