Vrelo Cave near Fužine
Vrelo Cave near Fužine
If wanderlust and love of natural beauty lead you to the region of Gorski Kotar, make sure to visit the Vrelo Cave. You will be rewarded with a treasure trove of magnificent cave formations, particularly stalactites, whose rare and unusual shapes reflect the specific conditions inside the cave. The cave is located near the beautiful Bajer Lake, about 3 km from the centre of the village Fužine, which can be reached on foot, down a pathway along the east shore of the lake. It is estimated to be 3.5 to 4 million years old, and the total length of all of its channels reaches 300 m. The entrance to the Vrelo Cave is near the road, and the part available to tourists is easily accessible as it is on the same level as the entrance throughout the cave.
Many interesting facts are associated with this speleological site, one of which is related to the underground stream flowing through the cave, which originates in the nearby Malo vrelo spring. The sand on the stream bed is magnetic, so a magnet strongly attracts sand particles, which is a phenomenon unique to this speleological site. In addition, there is a constant flow of water running through the cave, which varies in volume depending on the amount of precipitation. The oldest dripstones in the Vrelo Cave are estimated to be between 500 and 600 thousand years old, and the rare forms of the dripstones created by frequent fluctuations in the level of underground water flows are a particularly uncommon feature. Here you’ll see unusual dripstones that are thicker at the top, irregular, curved dripstones, dripstones in the shape of tubes or cauliflower and other peculiar shapes. Some particularly interesting formations include a pillar known as “the Bishop”, and stalagmites known as “the Madonna” and “the Dwarves”. You just need to use your imagination to notice them among all the other formations, or better yet, ask your guide to point them out.
Thanks to its easy access and passability, the Vrelo Cave can be visited by anyone, regardless of age. A specificity of this cave is that it is also wheelchair accessible, which is unique as far as speleological sites in Croatia go. The entire length of the cave is illuminated, and it will take you about half an hour to tour it, accompanied by a guide. The temperature inside the cave is a steady 8°C throughout the year.
Take a walk around this very unique cave!
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