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Category: Nature

Ostrężnicka Cave


The cave is located in the “Ostrężnik” nature reserve at the foot of a great pillar of rock, on top of which there are the remnants of a medieval castle. The cave passages, whose height decreases as the massif gets deeper, extend horizontally. Their total length is approximately 90 m. The silt is sandy and clayey and contains valuable mineral and organic material i.e. animal bones and traces of prehistoric men. The cave is frequently visited by tourists, who find it very attractive.

The cave is located in a forest at the foot of a large group of rocks on the south side of the Żarka-Janów road, about 200 meters west of the houses of Ostrężnik hamlet. A blue trail leads from the car park at the “Ostrężnik” bar to the cave.

Location
Janów
Janów
Kraków-Częstochowa Jura
in the forest, in the country, underground
Contact data
: 34 366 16 09
: janow@silesia.travel
: www.janow.pl
Availability
: whole year

The cave can be toured all year round.
Route length – approx. 90 m
Time of exploring the cave: about 30 minutes.
Walk from the car park: about 10 minutes.
The internal temperature from about 6.0oC to below zero in winter.
Humidity about 90-95%.
The cave is not illuminated electrically.
Access impossible for people with disabilities.
Comfortable sports footwear and warm clothing in the summer recommended.
Unguided touring; the cave is easy to explore, although sometimes it is necessary to walk on the knees.

General Information
: 30
: caves
Prices & amenities
: car park
Organizer
Polska
: częstochowski
: Janów
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