Ledenika is a cave in the Northwestern parts of the Balkan Mountains, 16 km away from the Bulgarian city of Vratsa. Its entrance is approximately 830 m above sea level. The cave features an abundance of galleries and impressive karst formations including stalactites and stalagmites. It was first discovered around the beginning of the 20th century and has been open to tourists since 1961. Ledenika Peak on Graham Land in Antarctica is named after the cave, in recognition of its cultural importance.DescriptionThe cave is about 300 m long and contains ten separate halls. Visitors enter through the Antechamber, then pass through several smaller passages into the Concert Hall. Visitors then pass through several more smaller passages, eventually emerging in the White Hall.The largest gallery is known as the Great Temple, with a ceiling of 15 m (50 ft). The Concert Hall is smaller, but has an enormous variation of stalactites and stalagmites. During the winter, icicles may form on the ceiling. The abundance of icicles in winter is thought to have led to the cave's name, which in English translates to icy or glacial.GeologyThe limestone formations in the cave have been dated back to the Pliocene era.TourismThe Bulgarian Tourist Union has included Ledenika in their 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria, a promotional effort aimed at highlighting the nation's best tourist spots. The cave has been one of the country's most noted caves since it was opened to tourists. In the late 1980s, there were a record 100,000 visitors annually.For Ledenika and beyond, use our Vratsa trip builder website to get the most from your Vratsa vacation.
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I found the stalactites, stalagmites, and stalagnate (when the two meet!) really pretty. If you have some imagination you can see all sort of figures and scenes. The cave is not particularly long or h... more »
We spent an afternoon here. It was a nice drive here from skopjke. Easy to reach and have enough free space for parking. Have a nice green yard in front of it. 2 food courts with sitting places. Nice ... more »
Ett naturområde på toppen av ett berg lite utanför Vratsa. ett område med både restaurang och aktivitetscenter. Huvudattraktionen är en grotta med stora stalakmiter och ett häftigt ljusspel. Ta med en... more »A natural area on the top of a mountain just outside of Vratsa. an area with both restaurant and activity centre. The main attraction is a cave with big stalakmiter and a cool light games. Bring a jacket when you go down into the cave.
I didn't do my research before going there and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected stalactites and stalagmites, but it turns out the cave is beautifully lightened up. The was a laser show that not only kids can appreciate. Entrance is 8 leva and they let you in every hour.
Very beautiful cave with great laser show. Friendly guides. Prepare warm clothes. The temperature in the cave is between 8 and 16
Attractive cave with a nice laser show! outside the cave the mountains looks amazing and relaxing. The cave guide was very polite too.
Nice cave, well maintained and very tourist friendly
The eternal beauty of the cave that words cannot describe. Well taken care of, decent road.
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