Ochtinská Aragonite Cave

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6,00 €

Children 6-15 years, Handicapped *1

3,00 €

Students, Seniors over 60 years *2

5,00 €

Photo-video without use of tripod *3

10,00 €

Extra entry *4

30,00 €

*1 - Children from 6 to 15 years; Handicapped over 15 years with a valid card

*2 - Students of full-time study - in the case of universities, upon validation, a valid study document indicating the period of validity for the current year; Persons over 60

*3 - Photo-Video - Photographing and short video footage without the use of a tripod can only take place during a cave tour, upon payment of the basic admission fee and the specified fee. They must not interfere with the fluency and safety of the cave's operation.

*4 - Exceptional entry can be made at the request of visitors, in agreement with the cave manager, only between the hours of regular entries, after paying the basic entrance fee and the specified fee. This must not interfere with the fluency of the cave.


Regular entry is made with a minimum of 4 people. Tickets are sold for 15 minutes. Before entering.

Input reservation is not performed. In the case of normal traffic, the entries are organized according to the time of the entry order, with increased traffic, the inputs are organized continuously at intervals according to the nature and current possibilities of the given cave operation, even in the time between regular entries according to the valid entry order.

Card payments are not possible.




1. 1.-31. 3.; 1. 11.-31. 12.


1. 4.-31. 5.; 1. 9.-31. 10.

9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 hrs

1. 6.-31. 8.

9.00; 10.00; 11.00; 12.00; 13.00; 14.0; 15.00; 16.00 hrs


Ing. Alexander Csunyo

049 35 Ochtiná

phone: +421 58 488 10 51

e-mail: oaj@ssj.sk

web: http://www.ssj.sk/sk/jaskyna/12-ochtinska-aragonitova-jaskyna


One of the three accessible aragonite caves in the world. The other two are in Mexico and Argentina.


In the access drift of the Ochtinská Aragonite Cave, you need to climb 104 steps and then you enter into a world of splendour, which could only be created by the all-mighty Mother Nature. This is another world unique site, as the cave is one of the three aragonite caves accessible on this planet. The other two are situated in Mexico and Argentina.

The oldest of the aragonite formations are almost 140 thousand years old.

In the cave, we may find three generations of aragonite, the first of which is 121 to 138 thousand years old. The second generation is most abundantly represented by several dozen centimetres long needles and curved even spiralled helicticts about 14 thousand years old. The youngest generation is currently being formed on sediments and produces tiny tufts only 2 to 4 millimetres large. 

Aragonit can grow into different shapes.

Photo author :Július Szabo

230 metres are accessible of the total length of 300 metres and the tour takes half an hour. As to its size, the cave is not large, but it is extremely valuable. The varicoloured aragonite filling in the form of spirals, small needles, and formations resembling coral creates a diverse mixture of beautiful pictures. The Milky Way Hall is considered the most beautiful place of the cave, where white aragonite tassels in the ceiling crack create an impression of the stars of our galaxy in the light of the lamps. 

Photoauthor:Július Szabo

Aragonite is calcium carbonate and this mineral may have different shapes and appearances – one of upright, dripstone, fibrous, or ray-like, or the rarest one, reminiscent of coral (also called iron flower).

The most precious aragonit shape, so-called iron flower, reminding coral.

Foto Julius Szabo

This world treasure was discovered by chance in the year 1954 when tunnelling the geologic survey drift. It was made accessible to the public in the year 1972. The temperature in the cave is around 7.2° C to 7.8° C and the relative humidity ranges between 92 percent and 97 percent. 





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