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ČGS South Bohemia

Chýnovská Cave

The Chýnovská Cave (Chýnovská jeskyně) National Nature Monument lies approximately 3 km from the town of Chýnov in the Tábor district. This limestone cave was discovered by sheer accident in 1863 during stone quarrying in the local quarry. It was opened to the public five years later and became the first ever cave on the territory of the Czech Republic to be opened for tourists. It is formed by the crystalline dolomitic limestone deposited in gneisses. Its walls are coloured which is caused by the presence of green to black strips of amphibolites. The underground stream flows through its lower part. The estimated cave system length is 1,200 m, but its total range has not been determined exactly yet. About 220 m long route with 42 m difference in height is opened to the tourists. The air temperature ranges between 5°C and 9°C. The caves lack the dripstone decorations as they were gradually formed by the flowing and eroding water activities. It is an important site of occurrence of bats and is one of the largest known winter areas of the Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri).

GPS position

N 49° 25.762', E 14° 50.014'



Česká geografická společnost
Mgr. Petra Karvánková, Ph.D.
Katedra geografie PF JU v Českých Budějovicích, Jeronýmova 10, 371 15 České Budějovice
Tel.:+420 387 773 063