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The Punkva Caves
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Moravian Karst

is the largest and the most important karst area in the Czech Republic. It’s situated from the north of Brno and with its area over 100 km2 of Devon limestone (the width 3 - 5 km, the length 25 km) is a part of the Drahan highlands. It’s divided into the northern territory - the Punkva system, the central part - Křtinský and Jedovnický ponds and the southern territory formed by the Říčka system. This division is from the hydro-graphic point of the view.

The Punkva caves

  • They are situated in the northern part of the Moravian Karst in the canyon of Pustý Žleb (Waste ditch) in the national natural reservation of the Punkva in the protected scenic area called the Moravian Karst
  • They are the spring up branch of the Punkva hydro-graphic system, the part of the largest and the longest cave system in the Czech Republic - Amateur caves (their length = 33 km). The world-known Macocha abyss leads into the Punkva caves. Macocha abyss is 187,5 m deep, 138,5 m is its dry part.
  • The Punkva caves consist of the wet and dry parts. Its dry floors were discovered gradually in 1909 - 1914, the water part and its surrounded dry areas were uncovered in 1920 - 1933, in some parts discoveries still continue.
  • The total length of all known corridors is 4 km with its denivelation of over 187 km.
  • The dry part of the caves was open to public already in 1909. The present area of the system has been open to public since 1933. The boat cruise has been in operation since 1920. The present length of the accessible route is 1250 m.
  • The time of the excursion - 1 hour.
  • Air temperature - 7 -8 °C 
  • Relative humidity - about 99 %
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