Caving under Budapest
Budapest, the capital of Hungary is famous for its hot
springs all over the world. Many people visit Hungary’s
famous thermal baths, but only a few are aware of the
fact that hot water rushing up from deep underground has
created something else too. The capital is built on a
limestone basis, in which the heated water formed a huge
cave system, thought to be more than 120 km long. The
spas and caves of Budapest are planned to be a declared
part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Among the numerous caves of Budapest only two can be
visited without previous caving experience. The
has a concrete path passable even by wheelchair, and it
is lit by arfificial light. There is a 35-minutes long
guided tour in the cave (szemlohegyi.hu).
The other cave is the 30.1 km long
Pál-völgyi cave system
– the longest in Hungary - located in the Duna-Ipoly
National Park. The cave is a real multi-level labyrinth
system with most of its chambers under the residental
districts of Budapest. This cave system offers two types
-> 45–minutes long easy walk, built with artificial
footway and lighting (palvolgyibarlang.hu).
Adventurous climbing-crawling tour
for the most courageous. This other section of the cave
system is left in its natural state. If you aren’t
claustrophobic you can apply for our regularly scheduled
cave tours which are guided by qualified caving guides.
During the 2.5-3 hrs long tours you will often have to
climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages so you
have to be prepared for adventure. We provide you the
caving equipment (overall, helmet and light). These
tours start every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the
afternoon, every Tuesday and Thursday in the morning,
and on Saturdays in the early afternoon. You can book
your place to the adventure caving tour or have further
information by e-mail.
You don’t need to have any previous experience in caving.
You can take part in the tour only at your own risk.