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Underground treasures. Most beautiful polish caves

Caves are perhaps not the first thing people associate with Poland. Still there are a number of fascinating caves for walkers to visit in Poland.

Raj Cave

The celebrated Raj Cave is a horizontal limestone cave, located in Hill Malik, to the south of Kielce. Relatively small, it is considered one of Poland’s most beautiful caves with a health of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations lining all five chambers and corridors.

The Bear Cave

One of the biggest attractions of the Snieznik Massif and the longest cave on the Polish side of the Sudety Mountains. Discovered accidentally in 1966 it contained the remains of now extinct animals which once roamed the area, such as the cave bear, cave lion, hyena, wolf, wild boar and others. Beautiful for its variety of rock formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, rock cascades and other forms.

Mrozna Cave

The Mrozna Cave owes its name to low temperatures and white frost-like dripstones on the walls. The nearly 560 metres long cave, with the entrance located at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level was formed by the underground waters of Koscieliski  stream and is mainly horizontal in shape. The highlights include the underground artificial lake and moonmilk, a white, creamy substance found on the limestone walls, comprising aggregates of fine crystals.

Radochowska Cave

Located close to Ladek-Zdroj, Radochowska Cave is one of the largest and best-explore caves in the Sudetes. It is a combination of three parallel corridors, which are home to interesting animal species, such as Niphargus tatrensis, a kind of troglobitic species, the archiannelid Troglochaetus beranecki, and numerous bats.

Lokietek Cave

No list of Poland’s caves will be complete without the King Lokietek Cave, the largest cave in Ojcow National Park. It was named after King Wladyslaw Lokietek, who allegedly used this cave as a hideout in the early 14th century during his fight with the Bohemian king Waclaw II for the Cracovian throne. The limestone cave, stretching 320 metres is visited by 100,000 people annually.

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