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Koněprusy Caves

Guided Tours

There are large white arrows to help visitors navigate from the ticket office to the entrance into the caves just 200 m away. The guide picks up the visitors at the turnstile located near the cave entrance. After passing through the turnstile, the road leading to the entrance into the caves follows stairs carved into the rock wall of the former Houba Quarry – the site from which this part of the caves was discovered in 1951. Today, there is also a nature trail named Zlatý kůň (Golden Horse) that passes through the quarry. The staircase offers a view of the Devil Stairs Quarry.

The tour starts by entering the middle floor of the cave system. Just behind the entrance there is one of the rarely seen geological features of the Golden Horse site – a neptunic vein.

The first stop is the Lazzero Spallanzani Cave (1), which gives visitors basic information about the caves and how they were formed. Leading over a dripstone formation called Eternal Desire, the route continues to a staircase that leads visitors down into a corridor that continues to what is called the Christmas Cave. Afterwards, visitors pass through a hall called the Swan to reach a chamber called the Pipes (2). From the Pipes, visitors climb a flight of stairs. After passing through the second tunnel, there is a discovery corridor to the left behind the glass door. After climbing several stairs to the right, visitors reach the Mareš Chamber (3). On the wall opposite to the staircase, there is a jagged curtain – the most beautiful decoration in this particular cavern. Noteworthy features include the finny dripstones found on the wall overhanging the staircase. Unfortunately, some parts of the decoration were destroyed in the 1950s. From the Mareš Chamber, visitors to continue through the Kukla Dome via a long, descending staircase until they reach the area in front of the Letošník Abyss (4), where the route forks. After they walk down into the Old Corridor (4) and complete the circuit, visitors then turn to the other side of the handrail. Above the staircase, there is a karst chimney leading to the upper floors of the cave system. From the Letošník Abyss, visitors continue to the right via a man-made tunnel towards the Prošek Dome (5), the largest cavern in the Koněprusy Caves. Near the ceiling gateway used to enter the dome there is another local rarity – the Koněprusy rosettes. The Prošek Dome is the farthest point of the tour, and the place from which visitors turn back, via a different route, to the Kukla Dome. In doing so, they pass below a talus cone to enter the Barren Dome (6), where there is an exhibit presenting several replicas of skeletal finds from the caves. Leaving the bones behind, visitors continue up the stairs through the Peter Dome and then down into the Jaroslav Petrbok Cave (7). This area features an unexpectedly high and rugged ceiling. There is a massive sinter 'waterfall', as if running out from one of the chimneys. An iron spiral staircase takes the visitor to the upper floor, the Medieval Money-Forging Workshop (8), which harboured a coin forgery workshop in the Middle Ages.

The upper floor is the last stop on the tour of the caves. Once on the surface after exiting the cave system, visitors can continue along a nature trail that features nicely designed education panels.