Caving under Budapest for tourists
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
museum-like Szemlő-hegyi cave 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
The other cave is the 29.1 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 of tours:
-> 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.