During the World War I, karst plateaus were the scene of the well-known Isonzo Front. Austro-Hungarian soldiers sought shelter everywhere, even underground. They adapted many natural karst caves for use as dwelling and storage facilities. They had a special Unit for Caving Construction headed by speleologist Alois Peter Bock. In Krompirjeva jama Cave/Kartoffelhöhle (Potato Cave), accessible through a shaft by means of a ladder, space was arranged for storing crops and potato which gave the cave its name. Later on, a new entrance to the cave was made which is still in use today. In the winter months of 1916/17, as many as 500 soldiers and 8 officers were accommodated in it. Several storeys of bunk beds were installed in the cave, as well as wooden cabins for officers. Even a telephone exchange, a kitchen, sanitary facilities, a water tank and an ammunition depot were set up there
Access from Temnica:
From the village of Temnica, drive down a tarmac road towards Vojščica. After about a kilometre turn right onto a dirt road. After approximately 200 metres you will reach the parking area in front of the cave.
Access from Vojščica:
From the village of Vojaščica drive on a tarmac road towards the village of Temnica. After about a kilometre turn left onto a dirt road. After approximately 200 metres you will reach the parking area in front of the cave.
Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
To visit Krompirjeva jama Cave contact the Temnica Speleological Club (Jamarski klub Temnica): +386 40 353 338