Let's take a cave walk in Budapest where hot springs have left a huge underground caving system. Let us guide you into Budapest’s stalactite subterranean world as we visit two caves in Buda Hills.
Highlights and Themes
- Discover the natural cave system under Budapest
- Learn about the geological history of the region
- Visit to 2 caves, both paved and equipped with artificial lightning
- Explorer routes where no other tour goes
- Small group tour with an expert guide
2,5 – 3 Hours
Dates & Times
All Year Round
10:15 Wednesday, Saturday
Szemlő-hegyi Cave, 1025 Budapest, Pusztaszeri út 35.
Conclusion Point: At the Pál-völgyi Caves – 1025 Budapest, Szépvölgyi str. 162. Bus nr 65 stops near the cave entrance and goes back to Kolosy Square.
Full Tour Description
Duration: 2.5 – 3 Hours
Hungary is a country blessed with an abundance of thermal springs. Yet few people know that these thermal waters have carved a complex cave system under the city of Budapest over the course of millions of years. On this tour we take a cave walk in Budapest and discover an underground wonderland.
Most caves found in Hungary don’t allow access in order to preserve their natural condition. Thankfully in Budapest there are two main caves open to the public and both sit within the pretty Buda Hills. Our cave walk in Budapest takes us along routes unique to this tour where we walk along comfortable concrete walkways and stairs. Furthermore, you’ll be looked after by our professional English speaking guides who are all members of the Hungarian Caving Association.
The Szemlő-hegyi Cave
The first cave we visit is the Szemlő-hegyi Cave. Because of the spectacular formations of pisolite and gypsum crystals, this cave is known as “the under ground flower garden of Budapest”. The limestone laden waters have made forms such as “popcorn”, “pea-stones” and “cauliflowers”. These cover the walls, ceilings and floors and they look even more striking in the illuminations. At the lowest level there is a respiratory sanatorium thanks to the steady temperature of 12 degrees Celsius, along with the dust and allergen free air and the 100% humidity.
The Pálvölgyi Cave
From here we take a pleasant walk (about 1km) to the next site, Pálvölgyi Cave. Being around 31 km in length it’s the longest cave system in Hungary. It is famous for its dramatic level differences and soaring passageways. Due to the mineral content of the hot waters flowing through the limestone hills above, you’ll find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations along with glittering calcite-crystals. Also audiophiles can experience the impressive acoustics of the famous Theater Hall which is renowned as an echo chamber.
Important notice: Please note that the cave walk in Budapest is a small-group English speaking guided tour with special routes and assistance in both caves. These caves are also open to the public and organize regular tours in Hungarian.
Inclusions: Caving entry fee to 2 caves with a professional English speaking expert caving guide for the tour
Exclusions: Transport to and from the meeting point and no food or drink is included but is available.
Groups over 10 people please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org