Sloup-Šošůvka Caves - These caves are situated on the southern edge of small town Sloup in Sloupské údolí, where Suchý žleb begins. It belongs to system of Amateur Caves which is the longest cave system in the Czech Republic. Sloup-Šošůvka caves consist of large complex of domes, corridors and huge underground gorges created in two levels. The hall called Eliščina jeskyně is known for its perfect acoustic. It is good place for concerts of chamber music.
Sloup-Šošůvka Caves - Cave Tour
These caves start at entry portal and the first large room of this tour is called Nicová Cave created by “nickamínek”. This tour continues in Eliščina jeskyně. It is beautiful hall with stalactite decoration and special stuff called “Nickamínek”.
Our underground walk leads to artificially created corridors into most extensive part of Sloup-Šošůvka Caves – Staré Skály. This part begins with huge Gotická chodba with 65m deep Stupňovitá propast. The next stop is Kolmá propast. There are premises discovered in 1900 by Karel Absolon. The jewel of this parts and whole cave system is Nagelova propast. Nowadays, this gorge is accessible thanks to two bridges. From Nagelova propast the foot trail leads to Trámová chodba which passes into 260 m long corridor called Stříbrná chodba.
From this place there is a trench into Šošůvka Caves which are not so extensive as Sloup Caves, but there is very nice and well-preserved stalactitic decoration. Next steps lead you to Brouškova pohádková síň. There is unique stalagmite formation called "Svícen" (Candelabrum). Then visitors can continue to Riegrova síň. Černá propast with Sloupský Brook in depth of 70 m is the final goal for tourists in Šošůvka Caves.
Sloup-Šošůvka Caves - Back to history
The big gorge with name of J. A. Nagel has been known since 1748. Elizabeth’s Cave was discovered in 1879 and in 1881 was opened to public. The rest of this cave system was discovered step by step between years 1889-1915.