Hranická propast

Hranicka Pothole

Useful Information

Location: 4km east of Hranice.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: n/a
Dimension: D=-274.5m (above water -69.5m, under water -205m)
Guided tours: n/a
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The Hranicka Propast is the deepest single shaft in the Czech Republic and it is located in the Devonian limestone karst on the plateau above the eastern bank of the river Recva, opposite the health resorts of Teplice and Becvou, about 4km south of Hranice.

There is a thermomineral lake at a depth of 69m with a temperature of 12-15°C. The pothole is believed to have been formed by the corrosion of the limestone by high yielding rich CO 2 thermomineral springs ascending from a great depth. Only in the final phase did the roof collapse and giving rise to an open pothole.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.

The Hranicka Pothole is located south of Hranice on road 35 (E442), near the train station Teplice nad Bečvou, opposit of the Aragonite Caves of Zbrasov. Park your car at the train station (fee) and walk through the train station. there is a marked trail on the other side up the hillside. The abyss is developed with a platform and a explanatory table. Because of the dangerous carbon dioxide gas, do not leave the trail!