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Paradise Cave in Poland – One of The Most Beautiful in The World

What is a paradise? Is it a beautiful pleasant, and peaceful place that seems to be flawless? And what does a cave have to do with paradise?

Long story short, a group of students from Krakow in 1964 undertook an expedition in the Holy Cross mountains. Wandering in the heights, they discovered a cave, so beautiful and unique like nowhere else. They described that place as a paradise, heaven, and this is the cave’s name to this day.

Location

Paradise cave is located in the town of Checiny on the slope of Mount Malik. The pavilion, which is the entrance to the cave, can be found approx—10 km southeast of the center of Kielce.

How to get there?

Perhaps you’re combining your trip to the cave with other regional attractions such as Kielce town, Checiny castle, or Ethnographic park in Tokarnia. If that is the case, I would advise renting a car to move quickly and smoothly between these spots. You can also take bus number 31 from the central bus station in Kielce for a couple of zlotys, and then walk approximately 500-600 meters to reach the cave entrance.

Visiting Cave

The length of the tourist route is 180 meters and begins in the pavilion, where tourists encounter a museum exhibition. You can find here the flint works of a Neanderthal man who lived in the cave about 50,000 years ago and the remains of prehistoric animals – a mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, or cave bear.

If you’re traveling with children, don’t panic route is children-friendly; be sure to dress warmly as the cave has a constant temperature of around 8-10 ° C and a humidity of over 95%.

Visitors walk along a specially made sidewalk in the bottom of the cave, passing through the following rooms: the Entrance Chamber, the Junk Chamber, the Column Hall, the Stalactite Hall, and the High Hall. The cave was built in highly rugged Devonian limestones. The magnificent dripstone form is made of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and draperies.

Despite its small size, the cave is visited by over 90,000 tourists each year. Due to the need to maintain the microclimate in the cave, the facility has limitations regarding the number of tourists it welcomes. To avoid disappointment, ideally, you wanna make an online reservation in advance on this page (supported in a polish language only, yeah I know it sucks).

Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office, but only if there are places available on a given day. The tour takes place in groups of up to 15 people, and the duration is 45 minutes.

Ticktes & Opening Hours

  • Paradise Cave can be visited from January 15 to November 15

January – April 09.00 – 16.00

May – June 09.00 – 18.00 *

July – August 09.00 – 18.00

September – October 09.00 – 17.00

November 09.00 – 16.00

* Tuesday – Friday 9.00-17.00

  • The Neanderthal Center can be visited from April 1 to November 15

May – June 09.00 – 17.30 *

July – August 09.00 – 17.30

September – October 09.00 – 16.30

November 09.00 – 15.30

* Friday 9.00-16.30

On Mondays, both facilities are closed.

Ticket prices range from 20 PLN to 25 PLN for the cave, depending on the time of the season we are touring. For Neanderthal Center price is the same throughout the year and is 10 PLN.

Group ticket – applies to groups over 15 people and families with min. 1 child under 16, and usually, you get a couple of zlotys discount. The good news is if you’re traveling with children up to 4 years old – admission is free.

Bartosz is a travel writer, photographer & founder/editor of theuniquepoland who tells stories of adventure, history and current affairs. He writes mainly about travel, with special focus on Poland. He loves travelling, discover new unknown and inspire others.

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