The national nature monument Harmanecká Cave is located in the Harmanec Valley, to the northwest from Banská Bystrica city, in the southern part of the Great Fatra Mountains. The cave is formed in the Middle Triassic dark-gray Gutenstein limestones, with ancient paleostream in two evolutional levels. The cave reaches the length of 2 763 metres. It si known for abundant occurence of white soft sinter - moonmilk. Of interest are massive pagoda-like stalagmites, wall sinter-falls and curtains and sintra lakes. Nine bat species were found in this cave. Dominant is the Greater Mouse-Eared Bat in the score of about 1 000 subjects. Its winter colony is one of the most important in Slovakia. The entry place called Izbica (Cabinet) was known to the natives from time immemorial. In the other areas has man break through only in 1932. From the year 1950 were 720 metres made accessable.
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The cave is situated in the ponor zone of the Bystrá-Valaská Karst on the Bystrá foothills of the Upper Hron River Valley, on the edge of the Bystrá village, on the southern part of the Low Tatra Mountains. Known spaces embrace the Old and the New Cave, having length of more than 1 000 metres. Visitors can find draperies and sometimes aragonite in its sinter filling. Eight bat species were found in this cave. The Old Cave was discovered in 1923, other parts in 1926 and 1932. A part of the cave was opened to the public in 1939-1940, but without electrical lighting. The cave has been opened since 1968 in length of 490 m with the present day appearance. It is used for speleotherapy since 1971.
DEAD BATS´ CAVE
The Dead Bats Cave is situated in the centre of Slovakia in the central part of the Low Tatra ridge in Karst of Ďumbier (1 750 m a.s.l.). The relatively small, deep wrinkled limestone massif of Kozie chrbty with the length of 2 km and width only 300 metres has in its interior a lot of corridors in 14 floors. The largest underground space, the Bystrica cathedral, is situated on the 7th floor, 180 metres deep and its volumen achieves up to 52 500 m3. The average cave temperature is 3,5 °C, howewer some frozen parts achieve the years average only 1°C.
Discoveries of bat little bones found almost everywhere are the biggest curiosity. The cave got its name according to them too. Their age is estimated up to 6000 years. In the border cave parts the frame rests of martens, bears and even goats are found.
The cave is attainable from Brezno or Podbrezová by car or by bus via Bystrá village up to Trangoška or Srdiečko. From Trangoška it is about one hour via mountain-path up to the chalet under Ďumbier mountain (1 740 m a.s.l.). Another route goes from Srdiečko by cable railway to the intermediate station Kosodrevina or up to the station Chopok (2 024 m a.s.l.). From there, the touristic path goes again to the M. R. Štefánik chalet under Ďumbier. The same possibility to get there is also from Liptov region - on foot from Liptovský Ján village or from Jasná again by cable railway up to Chopok and from there to the chalet.
If you decide to visit the Dead Bats Cave, you become cave explorers for a moment. Equipped with speleologic dress and with a helmet with miner´s lamp you have an unique opportunity to look into mysterious underworld of the Low Tatra. In a dark, moist and cold world with currative effect on upper respiratory tracts you will get over to the past, nearly twenty million years back. Use this opportunity at your visit of the Low Tatra, Liptov or Horehronie!
The cave is situated in the high-mountain ground and in the NAPANT preserved territory. Visitors are required to have good mountain footwear as well as good physical efficiency. Access to the cave is allowed only to persons (max. 10 persons in group) who made their reservation ahead.