Today, there are more than 3000 operating subterranean sights all over the world. On average, three to five new ones open to the public every year.
Due to the high demand of quality service, in modern society, show caves are very popular tourist attractions.There are plenty of people who would like to discover the wonders of the underground world. Running a show cave can be cost effective, if it is well organized, has proper infrastructure, and good marketing.
Subterranean landmarks have not been accurately classified yet. Our classification is not accurate either; this is just a relative systematization. This classification is based on the point of view of speleologists developing show caves. In our opinion, the human component is an criterion which must be taken into consideration and is essential for the proper planning/ concept of a show cave business.
The major criterion is the specific attraction
As a rule, natural vs. man-made attractions attract a different type of tourist.
As far as man-made attractions are concerned, information is of major importance. The point is to show and tell the history of the object and the role of human activity within it.
Natural subterranean attractions are supposed to present the underground world with its mysteries and wonders, beauty and fragility. A strong emotional impact of a show is of more importance than information provided.
The approach to equipping natural and man-made attractions differs as well. Properly functioning technical lighting is a major focus when equipping a man-made attraction. As for natural sights, the artistic perspective is more important because it presents the beauty of the inside surroundings to the public. Equipping and running a natural tourist attraction is a more sensitive business, which requires caution and high professionalism. Visitors must be provided with the highest comfort possible, with minimum interference of the cave's ecosystem.
Today, there are more than 300 show caves in Europe alone, but, for some reason, only few of them make the public want to visit again.
Let’s see what affects the contradictory perception of tourist attractions:
Idea of ‘Cave Lighting™’ was born during a visit of one of those caves mentioned above …
Actually project ‘Cave Lighting™’ is:
We partially or completely upgraded/ replaced outdated electrical equipment and redesigned lighting systems in some of the oldest show caves in Europe, Postojnska Jama (Slovenia), Grotte de Clamouse (France), Grotte de Han (Belgium).
In some caves we designed and installed electrical power supply systems, lighting systems, music and light systems (DMX-show) and monitoring systems. These were developed according to customers’, (Prometeus) Cave (Georgia), Dechen cave (Germany), requirements.
Besides modern lighting and music systems, our project specialists developed an unique software which integrates all of these systems into one network. It also allows remote controlling and if necessary, correct operation of all systems, Höllgrotten Cave (CH), Wendelstein Cave (DE), Erdmanns Cave (Germany), Belianska Cave (Slovakia), together (something similar to a ‘smart home’ system).
The ‘Cave Lighting™’ project is constantly developing. We observe modern scientific achievements and cooperate with leading speleological organizations and associations (ISCA, UIS, VDHK, Karst Institute (Postojna), speleological clubs in different countries, etc.).
We continue to perfect our equipment and promote our specialists’ self-development.
In 2014, we realized the reconstruction of the cave in Germany that made such an unforgettable negative impression on the ‘Cave Lighting™’ creators ten years ago and started ‘Cave Lighting™’.