Would you like to swap your classroom and textbooks for the picturesque scenes from Postojna Cave for a day? Explore the magical world of Postojna Cave – the cave with the greatest abundance of cave formations in the world. Without any textbooks.
Postojna Cave Tour
During an all-day adventure, students will learn all about the karst animate and inanimate worlds. While touring the caves, the Expo Cave Karst exhibition, the Life within a Billion Years exhibition, and the Vivarium, which boasts the world's largest exhibition of living cave-dwelling animals, they will learn how caves are formed, get acquainted with various karst features, cave-dwelling animals and Postojna Cave's fascinating history. The other main attraction is the Predjama Castle, which is all about history and by all means a magnificent sight. In the Postojna Cave Park, students have the opportunity to visit two world-famous attractions and five educational exhibitions. An equally interesting feature is the education path along the river Pivka, which leads through the park, where students can learn about the characteristics of sinking rivers.
The interactive exhibition Expo Cave Karst is a presentation of the most important milestones in the history of Postojna Cave and an introduction to learning about the karst formations, which students will get to see up-close.
In the picturesque and magnificent medieval Predjama Castle, which has been perched in the middle of a rocky cliff for over 800 years, students learn about the legend of the rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama.
In addition to learning about the subterranean world, students develop a positive attitude towards the natural and cultural heritage and learn about the geographical and historical characteristics of the karst world.
A Personalised Approach and Implementation
For each school, a personalised approach and implementation are available, based on the school's curriculum and the students' age. Each school group is provided with interesting handouts, which are also tailored to the students' age. School groups are guided by a special tour guide, who keeps the group separate from other visitors and presents the topics in a dynamic and cross-curricular way.
An excursion to the Postojna Cave Park is an experience that offers a wealth of knowledge and high-quality contents based on the curriculum – all in one place.
Science Field Trips
Postojna Cave and Expo Cave Karst (2.5 – 3 h)
Predjamski grad in Postojnska jama (2, 5 h)
|Comprehensive Exploration of the Karst||Postojna cave, Expo Cave Karst, Predjama Castle (3 – 4 h)|
|Underground Trekking Tour||
Postojna Cave, Black and Pivka Caves, Karst forest, Expo Cave Karst (3 – 4 h)
Guided tours for school groups are available for primary-school and secondary-school students.
Travel to the Postojna Cave Park by Train
To make your visit as easy as possible, we can help you find the best and most reasonably-priced bus or rail transport options to the Postojna Cave Park. In cooperation with the Slovenian Railways, we have prepared an affordable package deal for school groups called "To Postojna Cave by Train", which includes tours of the Postojna Cave Park sights and transportation by train.
Dragon Jami for Our Youngest Visitors
We have organised a special adventure for organised groups of our youngest visitors. Children get to learn about the features of the karst and life underground through a tailor-made tour commentary and a didactic fairytale.
Delicious school lunch is available in the self-service restaurant Briljant with three lunch options to choose from.
Educational Path "The Modrijan Mill and the Venecijanka Saw"
Another educational path in the Postojna Cave Park includes a guided tour of the Modrijan mill, the so-called venecijanka saw (a water-driven saw) and the river Pivka ponor. The waterwheels of the Modrijan Mill (the Lower Mill) on the Pivka have been going round in this very spot for five centuries, which makes the mill a true ethnological pearl.
The mill building houses an occasional exhibition "About Mills and Millers", where visitors can learn all sorts of interesting things about mills on the river Pivka and millers’ life throughout history. Electricity has been used to set up the mechanism that propels the millstone, so visitors can also learn how grain is turned into flour.
Milling is one of the oldest human activities, since flour has been used as a basic ingredient of a whole range of foods since ancient times. Throughout its history, milling has gone through several developmental stages, ranging from grinding cereal grain into flour on grinding stones and in mortars, through the use of hand mills or querns, the exploitation of natural energy sources, such as the wind or water, as well as the most state-of-the-art technical solutions, such as using steam or electric motors.
Programmes for Teachers and Other Education Professionals
We also offer a variety of study tours and excursions designed for teachers and other education professionals, such as field trips for the entire teaching staff of Slovenian or foreign schools, meetings of head teachers or study groups. Their aim is for participants to get acquainted with a number of new features and to experience the one-of-a-kind subterranean karst world.
Study tours include a tour of all of our sights, including an adventure trekking tour in both the subterranean world and above the surface, as experienced by students as part of their tour. A visit to the Expo Cave Karst exhibition or the Vivarium is followed by an underground trekking tour through Postojna, Pivka and Black Caves, in the cave areas that are not part of regular cave tours.
The meeting halls in the Jamski Dvorec mansion feature state-of-the-art equipment and are an excellent choice as a venue for teaching staff conferences, professional meetings of head teachers and other similar events. Food and drinks can be provided on request.
A free open day for Slovenian schools is organised every year for teachers and other education professionals. Up to five representatives of each school can apply for the free event. If more than five people are interested and the school's curriculum does not yet include a trip to Postojna Cave, a study tour for all school staff members can be organised at a good price. The same conditions apply to study groups.