Demänovská L'adova Jaskyna

Dracia L'adova Jaskyna - Demanovska Ice Cave - Dragons Ice Cave

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Location: In the National Nature Reserve Demanovska Valley. Nizke Tatry, Dumbierske Tatry, Demanovske vrchy, cadastral area Demanovska Dolina, district Liptovsky Mikulas, Zilinsky region
D1 (E50) exit Lipt. Mikuláš, follow rd. 584 south 9 km.
(49.016236, 19.582967)
Open: 15-MAY to 31-MAY Tue-Sun 9:30, 11, 12:30, 14.
JUN to AUG Tue-Sun 9-16, hourly on the full hour
01-SEP to 15-NOV Tue-Sun 9:30, 11, 12:30, 14.
Fee: Adults EUR 8, Children (6-15) EUR 4, Students EUR 7, Disabled EUR 4, Seniors (60+) EUR 7.
Foto Permit EUR 10.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Speleologyice cave, Middle Triassic limestones. TopicDragon Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=8,355 m, A=815 m asl.
Guided tours: L=650 m, D=45 min. Developed paths: L=850 m.
V=50,000/a [2000]
Photography: allowed with permit and without tripod
Accessibility: no
Address: Demänovská Ladova Jaskyna, 031 01 Liptovsky Mikulas, Tel: +421-849-5548170
Správa slovenských jaskýň, Hodžova 11, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš, Tel: +421-44-553-61-01, Tel: +421-44-553-64-11. E-mail: contact.
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1299 first mention of caves in the Demänovská valley in the Esztergom Chapter bill.
1714-1724 surveyed by G. Buchholtz Jr.
~1885 open to the public for some years.
1952 reopened for the public.


Demanovska Ice Cave is a karst cave with five levels, formed by the former Demanovska river. In the cave, bones of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) were found. In the 18th century the people thought this were dragons bones and called the cave Dracia L'adova Jaskyna (Dragons Ice Cave). The lowest level of the cave system contains ice.

The whole cave system is more than 8 km long and has five levels. Several parts of the system are open to the public, under different names. Originally the different natural cave entrances were named as independent caves, but explorations during the 20th century connected them to a big cave system.