Exploring Slovenia: Postujna Cave & Predjama Castle.

Our ride for today.

Our ride for today.

Our friends in Udine, Italy invited us to a day-trip to some interesting spots in Slovenia. This trip was a nice way to explore Slovenia especially the very famous Postujna Caves.

In case you didn’t know, here’s some information about the famous caves from their website..

“A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for such popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors, which has already reached 35 million in 200 years.

Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Many books and other contributions have been written about Postojna Cave; speaking of tourist guides regarding the cave itself, almost 100 have been produced over 200 years.”

Amazing Stalactite and Stalagmite formations.

Amazing Stalactite and Stalagmite formations.

Myself and a bunch of friends from base signed up for the trip. The bus pickup spot is the Udine Train Station which is about an hour away from Aviano. Since the meet-up time was 7 am, me and Jeff decided to head to Udine the night before to spend some time with our friends there.

After a fun night of eating and drinking, we woke up at around 6 am. We munched on some breakfast and headed over to the train station. It was a quick one hour ride to our first stop, the Postujna Caves. We bought our tickets for 27 Euro for both the caves and the castle. Now, we’ve seen the videos and pictures of the caves online but it was truly amazing seeing these wonders in person. The place is massive!

The sheer size of the place blows your mind.

The sheer size of the place blows your mind.

Before the train ride down the caves, the attendants warned us that it would be smart to rent some Jackets because of the temperature change and I’m glad we listened!

Felt like Hogwart students slash Monks slash Hobbits.

Felt like Hogwart students slash Monks slash Hobbits.

The whole tour took about two hours and it involved a lot of walking so afterwards, we headed to the park nearby for a typical Filipino picnic!

Recharged and ready to go, we headed to our next stop, the Predjama Castle.  The castle is over 700 years old and is built on a 123 meter cliff for added defense. We explored the multiple rooms and dungeons the castle had to offer and even had an impromptu spelunking adventure.

Castle on a cliff.

Castle on a cliff.

The small window behind me were probably for Archers.

The small window behind me were probably for Archers.

Random spelunking adventure.

Random spelunking adventure.

Also got these sweet souvenirs from a very talented artist there..

Legit.

Legit.

One of the best things about being stationed in Italy is the proximity of our base to several countries. It’s really amazing the amount of things you can do and explore in just a day. This trip was definitely a good introduction to Slovenia and we will surely be back!

The formations remind me of Gothic cathedrals and the one of the right even looks like the leaning tower of Pisa!

The formations remind me of Gothic cathedrals and the one of the right even looks like the leaning tower of Pisa!

Shoutout to all our friends in Udine who organized the trip, invited us and showed us a great time. Special thanks to Aldrin, Suzette and Boogs for keeping our bellies full and welcoming us to their home. And thanks to my buddy Christian Seroje for the awesome pictures!

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