The Geopark Karavanke is a cross-border geopark and as such a member of the European Geoparks Network (EGN) as well as the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), assisted by UNESCO. The geopark lies at the boundary of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. In the collision of the plates, a rock mass rose out of the seabed, forming the Alps, one of the longest mountain ranges in the world. The result of the collision produced a several-hundred-kilometres long Periadriatic fault zone, which runs directly through the Geopark Karavanke and reaches deep below its surface. The surface we see today has been forming for millions of years, and the powerful forces of nature have shaped extraordinary stalactite caves on Mt. Obir. The landscape is overgrown by unique plants, such as the Zois' bellflower, the carnivorous sundew, and the gentian. The locals live in co-existence with nature, and by that they preserve the natural heritage for generations to come.

All the information about the Geopark Karavanke is provided by the Podzemlje Pece Tourist Mine and Museum on the Slovenian side of the geopark, and by the Obir Caves in Bad Eisenkappel on the Austrian side.

The World of Minerals

The Geopark Karavanke prides itself on beautiful minerals, rare in other parts of the world. These are the orange-coloured wolfenite, the brown-coloured dravite, the white-coloured calcite, the silver-coloured galenite, the usually overlooked sphalerite, and mercury.

Some of these minerals used to be mined for ore under Mt. Peca and Mt. Obir but can nowadays be seen in museums.

Geopark Karavanke Information Center

Glančnik 8, SI-2392 Mežica

T: +386 (0)2 870 0180



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