Punkva Caves
Punkva Caves
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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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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland1,615 contributions
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 Netherlands123 contributions
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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pickphlow
37 contributions
Friends
Ok, so the caves are super cool. You should email in advance to make a reservation during the summer. After your visit, take a walk (or cable car) up to the top of the Gorge, then visit the Katerinska Caves. Be prepared to be in a big group - ours was full of kids. We made a full day of it, and enjoyed lunch in town near the caves.

The most difficult part for us was getting there from Brno! So hopefully these instructions will help someone;

First buy a 5 zone, 120 minute transit pass. Costs about 42 czk, or less than 2 euros.

Take train S2 from Brno Hl. n. to Blankso (we had to leave from a different station, Brno Zidenice since there's some construction at the main train station).

Take bus 226 from Blansko to Skalni Mlyn

Buy your tickets at the info center in Skalni Mlyn at least 40 minutes before your visit

Walk the 20 minutes to the cave, or take the train for a few euros (100 czk).

Easy once you figure it out, but hard to figure out for us! Use google maps to figure out train/bus times, because they're fairly infrequent. The return train/bus was at 3:12pm and 5:12pm from Skalni Mlyn on weekdays.
Written June 10, 2017
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Mark_Travels
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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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Jeff R
Oatmeal, TX1 contribution
Solo
1) Pre-book a week out if at all possible. I don't have the website available but look it up. You can book online. The Brno Tourist Office has an info sheet for the Punkva Cave Ticket office, which is how I got the phone number, and also has info on other caves.

I was traveling solo, called the ticket office the day before, and following instructions. Because I showed up on a Sunday EARLY and was only one person, I was able to get a ticket for the 10 AM tour that day.

2) If you don't have your own car, you either walk an hour plus to the ticket booth and another 20 minutes to the cave entrance, you call a radio taxi for 180 CZK, which can be shared, or you take bus 226 for 10 CZK to the location mentioned by the previous poster about this. From the ticket office, you either walk about 20 minutes to the cave entrance, or can buy a round trip ticket on the train for 90 CZK.

3) The woman answering the phone at the ticket booth for the Cave is very helpful and speaks excellent English. She also knew about the bus service. No one anywhere else seemed to have this information, including at the tourist office.

4) The bus station is across the road behind the train station. I checked the schedule and bus 226 runs hourly. I took it from the caves at 1:00 PM on a Sunday to the bus station, walked to the train station and caught the train back to Brno.

5) If you don't have a car, you can see both the Punkva and St. Catherine's caves, as the latter is a short walk from the Punkva ticket office. Other caves are at least a good hour's walk from this location.

The woman at the Punkva ticket office indicated that the bus 226 may stop at other caves, as it doesn't just go from the bus station to the Punkva ticket office. If interested, you would have to call the ticket office and make additional inquiries.
Written September 17, 2018
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Marek U
Warsaw, Poland379 contributions
Beautiful journey through the Moravian most stunning cave afoot and by boat. The final of the trip resembling Lord of Rings adventure.
Written May 5, 2017
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John R
Oak Hill, TN58 contributions
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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Christine_sing
Bad Berneck im Fichtelgebirge, Germany412 contributions
Couples
Suppose it was still Off season and we showed up early (before 10) so we could join a tour without having booked ahead. Getting there involved a drive around huge and decrepit looking factories which by themselves could warrant some exciting foto tours.
From the main station where you buy the tickets you either walk up along a tar road to the cave entrance (easy) or take the tourist train.
In the cave the Tour is in Czech, at first I tried to follow by reading the pamphlet they gave out, but gave up after a short while. Just enjoy the scenery and later the boat ride. The rocks you glide under are hanging Low. Tall people beware. And the best seats are in front, behind you kind of crane your neck to see the surroundings.
Written April 26, 2019
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KangarooPhil
Nelson Bay, Australia83 contributions
Couples
Seen every baroque castle and church between here and Amsterdam?
Then try these caves for a natural cathedral that is well worth the visit. The usual stalactites and stalagmites but with a long and fun underground boat ride plus ... the big reveal, you emerge from a cave into Massive opening that is simply breath taking. Good value and worth the trip. We took along an English speaking guide and really enjoyed about a 2 hour visit.
Written April 14, 2018
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Heather S
Sunnyside, NY305 contributions
Friends
Amazing! A must see. Limited number of tickets available each day so book in advance. If you didn't book in advance, go early as unclaimed tickets become available. Several other options if main attraction is sold out so it's worth the chance if you didn't book it. There is a 2 KM walk to the caves from the car park or you can pay to take a train. The walk is beautiful and peaceful. Caves are very cold so bring a jacket or jumper. Floor surface is damp so wear shoes with good traction.
Written August 22, 2017
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