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The Dark Cave / Jaskinia Ciemna

Ojcow, Poland

 
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The Dark Cave / Jaskinia Ciemna
The Dark Cave / Jaskinia Ciemna - Entrance
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The Dark Cave / Jaskinia Ciemna - Tickets Office
Address
32-047 Ojcow National Park
Ojcow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Phone Number
+48 12 648 99 77
Recommended duration
3 hours

Worth a visit of a King!

Jaskinia Ciemna is a very old show cave, as the first offical cave tour was made during a visit of the Polish King in the 17th century. For another royal visit in 1787 paths and stairs with railings were built to the cave entrance, the cave floor was planked, and the cave was brightly lit. This made this cave a show cave in the modern meaning of the word.

Going into the Cave

This popular cave lies 85 metres above the Pradnik Valley, meaning a slightly strenuous uphill ascent after you pass the ticket window. You will get into a dark, dank 150m passage through the non-electrified cave by candlelight.

Traces of one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in Poland – dating back to about 120,000BC - have been found here. You’ll encounter an installation of a Neanderthal family - nice spot to make some silly photos.

The highlight of Jaskinia Ciemna may not actually be the cave itself, but the scenic overlook in the midst of the passage which gives you great views of the surrounding landscape and particularly the Brama Krakowska (Krakow Gate) rock formation across the valley.

Today cave is inhabited by charming bats (lesser horseshoe bats with a strange snouts) and the most venomous spiders in Poland – orbweaving cave spiders.

Getting to Jaskinia Ciemna

To reach the cave take the green trail south from the Ojcow. This trail carries on from the cave along the top of the ridge, where you can admire remnants of a medieval hill-fort, before winding back down to the Pradnik stream.

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I don't like caves. Actually there is nothing interesting there, for example, in contrast to the cave in Paradise

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Nie lubie jaskin. Wlasciwie nic ciekawego tam nie ma np w porownaniu do jaskini raj
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One of the most interesting caves in the Jura, mostly due to the picturesque place of entry and known archaeological site. In namulisku were found many tools of the Neanderthal, such as slynne knives pradnickie. After exploring the cave a bit above approaches where spread, beautiful views of the Valley Pradnika. Think ticket office is just down in the Valley, so if one descends into the cave from the Smardzowic should come down near the cave to lie down and again wspiac not in the hole (the entrance with the money takes approx. 15-20 minutes at a slow pace).

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Jedna z ciekawszych jaskin na Jurze, glownie ze wzgledu na malownicze polozenie wejscia i znane stanowisko archeologiczne. W namulisku znaleziono sporo narzedzi neandertalskich, takich jak slynne noze pradnickie. Po zwiedzaniu jaskini mozna podejsc troche powyzej, skad rozciagaja sie piekne widoki na Doline Pradnika. Zdaje sie, ze kasa biletowa jest tylko na dole, w Dolinie, wiec jesli ktos schodzi do jaskini od strony Smardzowic, musi zejsc obok jaskini na dol i jeszcze raz wspiac sie do otworu (wejscie od kasy zajmuje ok. 15-20 minut wolnym tempem).
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Worth a visit not only for presenting but also for the knowledge that can be obtained.

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Warte zwiedzenia nie tylko ze względu na widoki ale również ze względu na wiedzę jaką można zdobyć.
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Father of the cave-it is the duty of the visitor to this national Park, but can't beat a walk in the ravine

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Ojcowskie jaskinie to obowiązek dla zwiedzającego ten Park Narodowy, ale nie pobiją przechadzki samym wąwozem
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However, stupid though it may sound, this is the view from the Dark Cave is outstanding. :)

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Jakkolwiek głupio by to nie brzmiało, to widok z Jaskini Ciemnej jest olśniewający. :)
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Very big cave, is worth a visit considering the fact that the guide to the cave is not a man "if" and has a great experience. So if you want not only to see the cave, but also to find out something about the times in which the cave was "settled", you need to come here.

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Bardzo duża jaskinia, warta odwiedzenia chociażby z uwagi na fakt, że przewodnik po jaskini nie jest człowiekiem "z przypadku" i posiada ogromną wiedzę. Więc jeśli chcesz nie tylko zobaczyć jaskinię, ale także się czegoś dowiedzieć o czasach w których jaskinia była "zamieszkała", to warto tu przyjść.
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The tour lasts a very short time

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Zwiedzenie trwa bardzo krótko
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Interesting tour, you might want to enter the dark cave

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Ciekawa wycieczka, warto wejść do jaskini ciemnej
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I would recommend, it is a little different cave not all - an interesting adventure.

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Polecam, jest to trochi inna jaskinia nie wszystkie - ciekawa przygoda.
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It is really worth. 
 From Cave Short walked along the blue trail to the cave dark. Later on, you enter the cave green trail up the gauntlet. Visits by candlelight. I would recommend. We returned the black trail.

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Naprawdę warto.
Od Groty Łokietka przeszliśmy niebieskim szlakiem aż do jaskini ciemnej. Później warto wejść nad jaskinię zielonym szlakiem aż pod Rękawicę. Zwiedza się przy świecach. Polecam. Wracaliśmy czarnym szlakiem.
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We went the long route through the mountain and forest as poorly marked by signposts place. Tickets are available only at the bottom but from the entrance route shorter. We did not manage to buy them. Ms. announced that this last entry before closing. We kissed the heel nice lady guide who indignantly that we do not have tickets and want to purchase chodźby at her, she closed the door of the cave. 2 hours on foot along a mountainous area with three small children and ass! Long live the kindness!

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Poszliśmy dłuższą trasa przez górę i las gdyż kiepsko oznaczone miejsce przez drogowskazy. Bilety do nabycia tylko na dole ale od strony wejścia trasy krótszej. Nie zdążyliśmy ich kupić. Pani poinformowała, ze to ostanie wejście przed zamknięciem. Pocalowalismy pięty nie miłej pani przewodnik która z oburzeniem, ze nie mamy biletów i chcemy nabyć chodźby u niej, zamknęła bramę od jaskini. 2 godziny pieszo po górzystym terenie z trójka małych dzieci i dupa! Niech żyje życzliwość!
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