The Cave of Hell - or Jama Pekel; is another underground gem in Slovenia in the middle of the Celje region. Not as well known as the Krizna, Skocjan or Postojna caves, but with a 1.2 km long tourist trail it is a must-see in the area.

The Pekel Cave can be explored in about 1 hour, and a total of 1,200-meter route is available for visitors. Part of the road passes through very narrow places which makes the experience even more adventurous!

The most beautiful part of the cave is the Quiet Gallery, where you can also hear the sounds of the bubbling water and the 4 m high waterfall on the other side of the cave. It is the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia, opened to visitors in 1997.

The cave can only be visited on a guided tour.

Cave Pekel Details
Country Slovenia
Slovene name Jama Pekel
Location Celje area
Distance from Celje 15 km / 20 mins
Address Zalog pri Šempetru, 3311 Šempeter v Savinjski dolini, Slovenia
Weather 10 °C
Visiting Scheduled guided tours
Season Apr - October
Admissions 10 - 6 Euros
Barrier-free? No
Dog friendly? No
Website Website

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Where is Pekel Cave?

Address, map, distance, approach, parking, cave entrance

The Hell Cave is located halfway between Maribor and Ljubljana in the heart of the Lower Savinja Valley. It is the closest cave to Celje, about a 20-minute drive away. The cave itself belongs to the municipality of Zalec.

  • Address: Zalog pri Šempetru, 3311 Šempeter v Savinjski dolini, Slovenia
  • Distance from Celje: 15 km / 20 minutes
  • Distance to Maribor: 65 km / 50 minutes
  • Distance from Ljubljana: 70 km / 45 minutes
Jama Pekel Cave map - Distance from Celje


The cave car park is located right next to the main road, from where you can take a short walk to the entrance. There are also many hiking trails in the immediate vicinity of the cave, where you can extend your adventure after visiting the cave. There is also a café, a souvenir shop and a picnic area.

Attention! There is also a gorge of the same name in Slovenia, the Pekel Gorge (Soteska Pekel). Don’t let the similar names confuse you, the two sights are more than a 1-hour drive from each other.

More about the cave

For millions of years, the Ponikvica stream created the cave by infiltrating the ground from the plateau through the limestone. Thus, the river disappeared in front of the cave and reappears inside it as the Peklenščica stream.

Hell Cave is home to many different life forms. Lichen, moss and algae thrive on the walls and in the water. Beetles, spiders, snails, crabs and bats have also found refuge inside. 🦇 👀

The 1,159-meter-long road through the cave is easy and not technical. The exit of the cave is artificial, designed on top of it. When you get out, you find yourselves in the middle of a beautiful regional park with a tourist house.

Sections of the cave

The cave has two levels: the wet and dry parts. The Peklenščica stream passes through the lower, wet part of the cave, leading to the most beautiful part of the cave, the 4-meter-high waterfall.

It is the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia.

The upper part of the cave is dry and full of various interesting and colourful formations. Because water carries many substances with it, the stalactites glisten in different shades of red and brown. Stalactites, stalagmites, edged pools and small lakes can be found here. A real underground treasury with:

  • spaghetti-like stalactites,
  • large stalactites that look like a banana stem
  • an onion-like shape
  • and even an organ can be seen.

You even find a natural bridge that curves over the path to the upper cave. Previously, there was also running water in this part of the cave, but it gradually moved to lower areas.

Why is it called the Cave of Hell?

With a little imagination, you can recognise the image of the devil above the entrance to the cave. In addition, during winter, when the temperature of the cave is higher than the outside temperature, steam flies out of the cave. People were therefore afraid of the cave, They believed it could be a gate to hell.

Opening hours and tours

The visiting season of the cave lasts from April to the end of October. At this time, you can join guided tours according to schedule. The tour takes about 1 hour.

  • Season: March - October
  • March: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 - weekends only
  • April - September: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 - every day
  • October: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 - weekends only

Please visit the cave's website for further information about the daily schedule.

Please wear proper shoes - preferably hiking shoes - as the caves route becomes slippery due to the rain. 


The cave can only be visited on a guided tour. If you feel like a larger group, get in touch with the cave in advance. Individual prices can be found here:

  • Adult ticket: 12 euros
  • Child ticket: 8 euros
  • Kids up to 4 years: free
  • Student and pensioner ticket: 10 euros
You can buy tickets on the spot, there is no online option. Have cash with you, as you can't pay by card.


Unfortunately, the cave is not barrier-free, so it is not possible to enter with a stroller, wheelchair or crutch.


No, unfortunately, the cave is not dog friendly. You can't take your favourite one with you.

The history of the cave

The cave was made accessible to tourists by Dr Tavber by erecting wooden footbridges in 1860. The cave has slowly become a very popular excursion destination and has grown into a local attraction. It gained greater popularity when Professor Reibenschuh (born in Graz) published his expert results on Jama Pekel in various publications in 1866.

Another period of popularity in the cave dates from 1890 to 1905, when one of the secretaries of the city of Žalec once again turned his attention to the cave, presenting written evidence that "parties and festivals" used to be organised in Jama Pekel in the early 19th century.