Little Carpathians and Driny cave

here begins the Carpathian arc to rise

Visit the westernmost part of Carpathians. Beech and oak forests, that provide suitable conditions for breeding of White-backed Woodpecker or Collared Flycatcher, meet here the lowland area. Slopes are full of vineyards, where you can here the calls of Hoopoes or spot the soaring Honey Buzzard over your head.

Driny cave – This beautiful cave with myriads of stalactites and stalagmites is the only cave open for tourism in western part of Slovakia. Cave was discovered in 1929 and open for public 5 years later.

characteristics: Little Carpathians are the westernmost mountain range of Carpathian Mountains. Area is densely forested, mostly by beech. Southeastern slopes contains extensive vineyards. This combination of habitats with mild climate provide suitable conditions for diversity of fauna and flora. In the mountains man can find several small-sized karst areas. Numerous castles and caves can be found along this mountain range.

highlights of this area: dense beech forest in the outskirts of Bratislava, vineyards, limestone peaks, Driny cave

other highlights (possible to include in to the trip itinerary): Červený Kameň castle, tasting fine wine in local wine cellar, traditional duck and goose feast

protected areas visited: Protected Landscape area, IBA (and SPA) Malé Karpaty

target species: Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

Trip length: 1 day

Terrain difficulty: intermediate, can include short hike into the mountains

Starting and final point: Bratislava

Recommended term: April – October

Prices for guiding in English for 1 person:

71,-€ / 2 participants

56,-€ / 3 – 4 participants

46,-€ / 5 – 7 participants

41,-€ / 8 – 10 participants

36,-€ / 11 and more participants

Price includes: transportation, full guiding service, Driny cave entrance fee, binoculars and bird identification guide rental

Price does NOT include: meals, individual travel insurance

If you are interested in this trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us, either by email to or give us a call at +421 903 751 330. We can then discuss the date that suits your needs the best.

More info about this area could be also found in our trip reports:
Vineyards of Small Carpathians

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