A seven-storey cave with an emerald lake where you will feel like you are at the bottom of a coral reef.
There are only three known mesozoic limestone caves in the world and only one of them is accessible to the public – in the north of Mikulov! It attracts visitors by its absolutely unique ornamentation.
Together with the Fox Hole (Liščí Díra), Na Turoldu Cave is almost 3,000 meters long, with calcite crystals reminiscent of corals glittering on the walls. You will not feel the usual humid climate here, even though there is a body of water in the cave. The emerald-coloured lake is nine meters deep at some places. In the off-season, rare species of bats have taken up the cave for nesting, they have invited their common bat friends and created their largest wintering ground in the Czech Republic. Their numbers slightly increase every year, to the great pleasure of conservationists.
From time immemorial, the cave has been a dwelling of humankind. The artefacts date back to the Paleolithic Era. Modern people have had a destructive influence on the site: many findings were destroyed by limestone mining and then the locals turned the cave into an illegal dumpsite. Fortunately, none of this can be seen today and the whole area is a nature reserve. You definitely must not miss the geopark near the cave, where you can learn some interesting facts about rocks. You can discover their hidden beauty thanks to the polished surfaces, which let the inner richness of the minerals stand out.
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