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The Bear Cave (Jaskinia Niedźwiedzia) is Poland’s longest and most picturesque cave. The total length of its tunnels and chambers is ca. 3 km (2 mi). Full of fossils of animals which lived here ca. 2 million years ago, rich dripstone formations and underground streams, it delights the visitors with diversity and mystery.
This unique underground place lies near the village of Kletno in the Sudetes. It was discovered by accident in 1966 during marble quarry exploitation. Remains of thousands of Pleistocene animals were found in the cave, in particular a Pleistocene bear after which the cave was named.
The underground tourist route shows stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, a great 8 m (26 ft) frozen waterfall-like cascade, models and skeletons of animals which once inhabited the cave, as well as a number of underground streams.
One of the cave’s highlights is the Bear Hall (Sala Niedźwiedzia), which shows many intriguing calcite formations, looking like flowers, cauliflowers or pearls. Equally interesting are the cave’s Palace Hall (Sala Pałacowa), the one most beautifully ornamented by nature, or the 45 m (148 ft) Champagne Hall (Sala Szampańska).
The cave’s unique microclimate ensures that it is still a living one, and its dripstone formations keep growing, which is shown by water drops at the stalactite ends. It still excites the visitors with undiscovered mysteries and inaccessible nooks and crannies.
More recently, another sightseeing attraction was opened in Kletno – the ‘Former Uranium Mines’ underground tourist route.
Dolnośląskie Province, Kłodzko District