Zbrašov aragonite caves
Are you going to visit the spa of Teplice nad Bečvou? Then diversify the program by visiting the natural monument Zbrašov Aragonite Cave. You can find them right in the valley of the river Bečva and the reason for their visit is definitely the unique cave system, which is also known throughout Europe. These caves were created by the action of warm mineral waters at the same time as by the action of atmospheric waters. Warm mineral waters emerged from great depths in the limestones. The cave is decorated with the mineral aragonite.
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Interesting facts Zbrašov aragonite caves
Aragonite and stalagmites
The mineral aragonite forms a unique decoration in the Zbrašov aragonite caves. This mineral in white, gray, bluish or yellow-white color forms crystals of various shapes and is also a component of stalactites. Here you can see striking coatings in the shape of donuts made of limestone rock - sinter. Cone-shaped geyser stalagmites attract attention. The route for visitors passes through several domes, halls and corridors and ends on the banks of the river Bečva, near the source of the sorrel.
The caves are still warm
The Zbrašov aragonite caves have a relatively high temperature of 14 degrees throughout the year, so they have become the warmest caves in the Czech Republic. The lowest level of the caves is inaccessible because it is permanently filled with carbon dioxide, which creates an invisible gas lake here. These unique caves were discovered in 1912 and have been open to the public since 1926. They were declared a natural monument in 2003.
See also the Hranická abyss
Right next to the caves you can see the deepest Czech abyss, which has a dry part (approx. 70 m) and a flooded part (442.5 m, but the bottom has not been reached). This abyss is often called bottomless. The dry part of the Hranická abyss can be viewed freely. The water here has a temperature of about 15 degrees all year round and is saturated with carbon dioxide as a mineral water. The abyss, like the Zbrašov Aragonite Caves, is part of the Hranický karst.
Author: Helena Syslová