Arrow Cave

If you are attracted by prehistory, then the Šipka cave is the right place for you. Maybe you will be able to find some remnant of a prehistoric animal.

Information for visitors

Adress: Jeskyně Šipka, Štramberk
GPS: 49.58769720, 18.11805720
Arrow Cave map

Interesting facts Arrow Cave

The Karst Cave became famous worldwide for the fact that in 1880 the professor of the Novojičín grammar school found the jaws of a Neanderthal child who died at the age of 8 to 10 years. Professor Karel Jaroslav Maška also proved that the cave was inhabited alternately by prehistoric hunters and predators. For this reason, and also because there is a site of rare relict flora, Šipka was declared a national cultural monument in 1960.

The complex of the Kotouč caves, which also includes Šipka, was probably excavated by a watercourse, which broke through the rock ribs of Šipka, Psí kostelí and Čertova díry in pre-glacial times. Later, as the glacier receded, the caves were expanded by melting glacial waters that simultaneously carried away soft rocks.

There was a rich stalactite decoration in the Šipka Stalactite Cave, but it was gradually destroyed by vandals.
In addition to the finding of the already mentioned jaw of a child, 550 stone tools made of local quartz and flint were gradually found here. Also remains of 130 species of animals.


Author: Marie Bukovinská