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The Punkva Caves
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Whole tour

  • 60 min / Tour duration
  • 1250 m / Tour lenght
  • 7-8-°C  / Air temperature
  • 99%     / Air humidity

 Shortened boat trip

  • 70 min  / Tour duration
  • 1550 m / Tour lenght

Without the boat trip

  • 55 min / Tour duration
  • 1100 m / Tour lenght 

Sightseeing tour of the Punkva caves

From Pustý žleb (Waste ditch) visitors enter free areas of dry parts in the Punkva caves through the artificially created tunnel.They enter long areas of Přední dóm (Front Cathedral). They walk along Strážce - 4 m long stalactite and get to the bridge made during the general reconstruction in 1996. They can have a nice view of the marvellously decorated wall of Přední dóm (Front cathedral) and a view of the biggest stalactite in the Punkva caves - the stalagnate called Salmův sloup (Salm’s column). In the back part of the cathedral there’s situated Zrcadlové jezero  (Mirror Lake). Inside it visitors can see the reflection of the interesting groups of stalactites - for example Převrácený deštník (Overturned umbrella), Dvě sovy (Two owls), Hrad na skále (The castle on the rock), or two-metre high Turecký minaret (Turkish minaret). 
On the opposite side of the cathedral there are typical flute cracks.The excursion continues through the siphon - it is the lowest dry place of the Punkva caves which was often flooded in the earlier ages. Nowdays the level is regulated automatically with the help of pumps.Visitors enter Reichenbach’s Cathedral up long stairs, some ten metres’ tall space. The slips with years 1917 and 1938 show the highest level of the Punkva during floods. Several tall chimneys go from the cathedral and the horizontal not accessible corridor of Kalcit caves with clear stalactite decoration. 
Sightseeing tour goes through the nicely decorated Stalagmite corridor to Zadní dóm (Back cathedral).The place of interest of this area is a couple of stalagmites with straight surface on the top - Dwarf and Vase (Trpaslík a Váza). This area arose in the spot of sprinkling water falling from the heignt. You will be atracted by the group of stalactites called Turecký hřbitov (Turkish cemetery) next to Zadní dóm (Back cathedral) and the long stalactite called Jehla (Needle). Visitors go down the stairs into the hall U Anděla ( At the Angel) - a huge stalagnate of the unique shape. From these places Tunelová chodba (Tunnel corridor) runs back to the siphon, but visitors continue through the artificial tunnel to the floor of Macocha abyss. You can have a marvellous view of rock walls 138,5 m high. On the floor of the abyss under the pavement two small lakes can be seen and so called Jalové koryto (Jalove bed) which the Punkva flows through from Předmacošský siphon from Amateur cave. Horní jezírko (Upper small lake) is about 13 m deep and Dolní jezírko (Dolní small lake), which the Punkva sinks through to next areas, is about 49 m deep according to the latest research in 2000.
Visitors will listen to the legend about Macocha abyss and continue through the corridor to the docks where the boat cruise starts.The first section of the boat cruise goes through the blind alley of the Punkva along the tall chimneys to so called Čtyřicítka (Forty). Here, from the corridor deep under the surface, the Punkva springs up to free space and the boat cruise can go on up the lift Skalní mosty (Rock bridges) under the water surfae and flow through Pohádková jezera (Fairy - tale lakes) to the underground docks. Here they get off and go through Bobří síňka (Beaver hall) where professor Absolon found the bones of Pleistocen beavers. Then they get to Masaryk dóm (Masaryk’s cathedral) with the most impressive stalactite decoration. 
Masaryk cathedral was discovered during the blast of ceilings in 1920 and lot of sticks and stalactites of stick shapes have been preserved here. The dominant stalactite is a huge lit one called Husův sloup (Hus column).After coming back the boat cruise continues through a low corridor which is lit with daily light and goes to the Punkva spring.
 
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