Punkva Caves

Punkva Caves, Blansko: Hours, Address, Punkva Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

Punkva Caves
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mark_Travels
19 contributions
Book ahead!
Aug 2020
As many other posts have indicated it's good to reserve a spot before you arrive. Instead of Punkva we could still book a tour to the other caves in the same system. These were a lot less spectacular and the tour unfortunately was in Czech so we didn't catch a lot of the information.

Still nice but probably not close to Punkva ... so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Written August 19, 2020
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland849 contributions
complex attraction
Jul 2020
The visit at Punkva cave incl. the boat ride must be booked in advance (ideally mooonths in advance as the tickets get sold out very easily). On the day of your visit you pick up your the tickes 40 min. before the planned visit at Skalni Mlyn Information Centre. It really must be 40 min and not less, as from Skalni Mlyn info centre, there are 2 km to climb up to reach the entrance to the cave. If you don't feel like walking there is a mini train available that takes you to the top within a few minutes, but leaves every 20 min starting at full hour. The guide shows up punctually at the entrance to the cave and walks you first through the cave itself. Unfortunately all the information was provided in Czech only, which is a bit inconvenient provided the fact it's a global attraction visited by tourists from all over the world. After 1200 m you reach Macocha Abyss that you admire from the bottom (if you want to see it from the top, there is a cable car that can take you there from a different starting point - probably it should be possible to walk up, unfortunately I couldn't see such a chance and the deatils in Czech didn't help any further). From the bottom of Macocha you take the boat. It becomes a bit thrilling at times, as the tunnels are very narrow in some areas, but it's a great ride you can't miss! This is the end of the tour, where you can either come back by train again or walk down the hill. It's possible to take pictures, if you buy a special permission at Skalni Mlyn IC, but only up until the point you start the boat ride (where for safety reasons t's forbidden).
Written July 12, 2020
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Corinne W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands104 contributions
Great cave visit
Jul 2020 • Family
Our family really enjoyed the Punkva caves.. definitely call in advance to reserve as I was told all weekends in July/Aug were reserved. We had a Friday reservation but at last minute needed to change the day and they had openings! In your GPS, you go to the Tourist information center in the town Skalni Mlyn. Basically there is a hotel, restaurant, some snack kiosks, WC and the Tourist office (green building) and that is it so you can't miss it. Upon arrival we had to pay for parking and then go but our tickets. The tour is only in Czech so don't forget to get the mini-guide in your language so you understand each stop in the cave. And be sure to pay the small fee if you want to take pictures (although no one checked your sticker). You have the option to walk about 30min to the start of the tour or take the 10 min tourist train. If you take the train, you need to buy tickets from a different desk in the info center.

Once you arrive at the entrance there are a few food kiosks, WC and another info desk. You wait in the building until your tour starts. If possible try to get towards the front so you can see what the guide is pointing at. The caves are cold so bring a warm coat and a raincoat, as it is dripping in places. There are 5 stops in the caves before getting in the boat (about 40 min). You walk on wet paths/steps, all with modern handrails, but it is easy for all ages. It is mostly well lit and only for a few minutes in one section was there some loud church music. You will need the flashlight on your phone to read the mini-guide.

We have been on cave tours before but this was unique because of the boat tour. There is also a cool abyss that you visit before boarding the boats. The boat takes about 20min with a stop halfway. You definitely need to watch your head especially if you sit on the outside of the boat benches but that is part of the tour fun. You are dropped off at the starting point again.

All in all just over an hour. Definitely recommended! If the weather was nicer we would have also done the cable car. Beautiful area!
Written July 12, 2020
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HAVLIX
Lafayette, LA7 contributions
Family trip
Jun 2019
it was fun w/ our 3 year old. Wear a hoodie, it's cold inside the caves. we had some snacks to feed the baby, left the stroller up front & got it back later. fun.
Written December 30, 2019
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
Largest Caves in the Moravian Karst
Sep 2019
The Moravian Karst is the biggest and most significant Karst region in the Czech Republic. Within this 33-square mile area one finds the Punkva caves. which are the largest.

Our tour group of 22 visited here in late September 2019. Upon arrival we boarded a "train" that took us to the cave entrance. Once inside the mountain, we walked uphill for quite a distance amid cathedrals of fantastic stalactites and stalagmites. Religious music piped in at three different locations added drama and emotion to the visit.

After our walk, we boarded boats, traveling 1,443 feet along the Punkva River. The channel is very narrow, and the ceiling at times quite low. My husband had to keep his head down about a third of the time, so viewed the area sideways! Beware if you are tall! The boat tour concluded amidst the dripstone decoration of the Masaryk's Dome.

Upon emerging, we walked a short distance to get on cable cars that took us to the top of the gorge. There was not much to see, especially since it was misting.

All in all, it was a worthwhile experience.
Written October 19, 2019
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CWT
154991303 contributions
Should make reservation
Oct 2019
So others can learn from our experience and not be disappointed. We showed up at 9:30 am on the first Sunday in October. The first tour available was at noon so we could have visited the caves but unfortunately this time was too late for us. So take their advice and register for a tour if you have a schedule to keep to.
Written October 9, 2019
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philbertNottingham
Nottingham, UK420 contributions
Probably some of the best caves in Europe
Sep 2019 • Couples
The whole area is well worth a visit with at least 5 separate cave systems to explore as well as the beautiful scenery.
This particular cave network is amazing with some fantastic structures and the mirror pool was beautiful.
The whole tour is about an hour and there are a lot of steps to climb, so not really for people with mobility issues, it seems strange to be climbing upwards in a cave, but it's worth the climb.
The underground boat trip was really interesting and you eventually arrive almost where you started, so not far to get back.
Tip for the tour is to take the tourist train from the entrance to the park, as it's a good mile or so climb to get to the actual cave.
Definitely worth a visit
Written October 3, 2019
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Helen I
14 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyable trip
Aug 2019
Extraordinary day exploring the caves and gorges. Everything very well organised, reasonably priced and not too busy given it was popular attraction. Easy and cheap train journey from Brno to Blansko and then got a taxi to the caves as the tourist bus wasn't running (lunchtime). Well worth visiting all the open caves but you must book in advance for the main one.
Written September 8, 2019
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,433 contributions
Simply Amazing!
Aug 2019 • Couples
I have always wanted to visit this cavern and so finally this year we booked a nearby hotel, arrived by car and set to explore this area. I ordered our tickets for the Punkva cave by phone a week in advance and received spots in the very last tour of the day, so please call or book well ahead of your visit. On arrival to Skalni Mlyn I went to the Info office, picked up our tickets as well as tickets for the shuttle train and cable car. Everyone at the Info center was very helpful.
We waited for the shuttle train (one leaves every 20 minutes), then drove about 15 minutes to a glass front building where the tour begins. It is not well marked, just walk inside and you will see a small gate where a guide will appear at the designated time to take your tickets.
The first part of the tour underground is on foot, definitely wear hiking or athletic shoes with good traction, paths and stairs can be slippery, a sweater or a jacket is needed for the 8*C temperature. The limestone stalactite, stalagmite and column formations are amazing, you will pass through many beautiful chambers, the guides speak Czech only. I purchased a photography permit for an extra 40 Kc, but since there was only one guide ahead of a large group, everyone in the back was taking flash photos anyway.
The tour continues through an open air area - the bottom of the gorge, then on boats along the Punkva river through the dark underground caverns. Although we speak Czech, we could not understand one word our boat guide said, his disappointing speech was in a slow, boring monotone.
After the 1 hour long tour we continued with an uphill walk toward the cable car and a few minute ride took us to an area with refreshments and a restaurant, from which is a short walk to a lookout point over the gorge Macocha. There are many well marked walking trails everywhere.
Written August 13, 2019
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John R
Oak Hill, TN56 contributions
Beautiful and Different from other cave tours
May 2019 • Couples
This cave had some notable formations as most caves do but the boat ride at the end really sets it apart as a unique experience. We visited on a weekday and had no problems getting tickets but this was in may before high season. Would advise walking to the cave from the parking area as it is a nice hike along a stream and then buy a one way ride on the train back
Written June 18, 2019
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