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The Bozkov Dolomite Caves
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CHARACTERISTICS

  • 45 min /  Tour duration
  • 400 m  /  Tour length
  • 7°- 9°C / Air temperature

THE CAVE TOUR

The cave tour passes through the most interesting and most beautiful parts of the spaces currently known about.Behind the entrance to Nové jeskyně (New Caves) the entrance corridor widens into a hall called Kaple (Chapel) with a high ceiling.Its walls are covered with a varicoloured sinter coating dominated by the formation Zkamenělý orel (Petrified Eagle).Just a few steps further there is Půlnoční jeskyně (Midnight Cave) with the bluish lighting of ultraviolet lamps emphasizing veins of calcite and white sinters emerging from the cave walls.The next one, Jeskyně Za prahem (Cave Beyond the Threshold), lies very near to the surface, so its decoration is probably buried under ruined rock blocks.The pavement then leads past Mechová zahrádka (Moss Garden) to Křižovatka (Crossing), where it continues by Souběžná chodba (Parallel Corridor) with interesting modelling of the ceilings and by Pirátská chodba (Pirate’s Corridor) where a quartz bench emerges in a spectacularly lighted cave called Peklo (Hell). Just behind it, the blue-greenish water of two Labutí jezírka (SwanLakes) shines in the depth.Then you must go through the remarkably modelled corridor past inaccessible areas of Betlém (Bethlehem) to Loupežnická jeskyně (Robber's Cave).Blátivá chodba then follows with a rock niche called Chlebová pec (Bread Oven) and with unusually coloured sinter formations on the walls.This is the last stop of the cave tour of Nové jeskyně (NewCaves), which is characteristic especially for its unique formations of quartz laths, benches and reticular structures.

From the crossing of corridors Křižovatka (Crossing), a 50 m long artificial tunnel leads to Staré jeskyně (OldCaves).In its niches there are entrances to shaft-like areas of Větrná jeskyně (Windy Cave) that are not open to the publicand a spy-hole to the cavern with remains of original timbering. This is also the place where the first explorers got into the cave.

The Staré Bozkovské jeskyně (OldBozkovCaves) form the upper floor of the cave system.Right at the beginning your attention is attracted by an outstanding sinter block with the stalagmite called Prušácká přilba (Prussian Helmet).In its bottom part there is a piece of stalactite curtain covered by sinter, which was broken off the ceiling at one point – probably during orogenic processes.Past Bludiště (Labyrinth), a labyrinth of huge ruined rock blocks through which the journey of the first discoverers led, the pavement turns to the cave called Překvapení (Surprise).Its rich stalactite and stalagmite decoration in the middle of dolomite walls was a real unexpected surprise both for discoverers and geologists.A line of stalactites on the front wall forms Bozkovské varhany (Bozkov Organ). Below, in the foreground, the stalagmites Palec (Thumb) and Ukazovák (Index Finger) stand.On the ceiling you can see several helictites, eccentric stalactites growing against the laws of gravity.The largest one is called Bílá myška (Small White Mouse).In the following Listopadová chodba (November Corridor), a sinterfall “flows” out of the wall and also a column that resembles a rocket cannot be overlooked.In an inconspicuous side passage you can admire a unique formation concisely called Sloní uši (Elephant Ears).A yellowish light penetrating through this spacious but thin sinter curtain together with various stalactite and stalagmite decoration give this place an enchanting atmosphere.The route of the guided tour in Staré jeskyně (OldCaves) ends past the stalagmites Rokokové panenky (Rococo Dolls) and Perníková chaloupka (Gingerbread House).

The impressive finale of the tour through the Bozkov Caves is Jezerní dóm (LakeDome) with the largest underground lake in Bohemia.The rock walls of the dome together with low ceilings of Kuklovy prostory (Kukla's Spaces) are mirrored in the blue-greenish surface of crystal-clear water filling the largest space of the caves known today.The area of the lake is 14 x 24 metres, the average depth 140 cm and the water temperature fluctuates at around 8 °C.The last area of the guided tour – Mládežnický dóm (Youth Dome) – is connected to the lake surface.The deepest cave spaces that were reached lie under it. However, they are fully flooded under the normal water level.

 
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