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Ledenika, Vratsa

#16 of 65 in Nature in Bulgaria
Must see · Cave · Nature / Park
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.
The 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.
The limestone formations in the cave have been dated back to the Pliocene era.
The 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.
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  • the cave is interesting, but I really liked it outside. Extremely suitable for people with animals because of the wide space. There are also wild horses in the area, which are extremely accustomed.....  more »
  • Strongly recommend to anyone who seeks adventure! Beautiful sights! Do note that it is not suitable for people suffering claustrophobia as there are several quite cramped paths where you almost have....  more »
  • Ledenika Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria! My pics are from 18th of April 2010. Go and enter this place!  more »
  • Very cool light shows in the cave.
  • Amazing cave and laser show inside.
  • Уникална пещера. Обаче има едно светлинно шоу, което ми се струва лека "циганийка" на фона на пещера, формирала се преди 2,5 млн. години, благодарение на отсъствието на човека, а това е доста агресивна намеса.
  • Странно, не искат да печелят. Отказаха да ни пуснат защото сме само трима. Изглежда нямат нужда от средства.
  • Jeskyně Ledenika rozhodně stojí za návštěvu. Je krásná, paní průvodkyně byla velice milá a okolí je taky moc hezké. Vysovádí se tu i děti.

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