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Baradla Cave, Aggtelek entrance

· 3 reviews · Cave · Aggteleki Nemzeti Park · 342 m
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  • The entrance to the cave
    The entrance to the cave
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Baradla Cave, aka Aggtelek Dripstone Cave is one of Hungary’s most famous natural formation, listed also on the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO since 1996.

The cave system of more than 25 kilometres extend both beneath the surface of Hungary and Slovakia. Ordinary cave tours along walkways depart from three different cave entrances on the Hungarian side, while adventure lovers can explore more hidden gems of the cave on specially equipped tours, guided by expert cavers.

The cave was formed 230 million years ago in the Triassic Period, when this area was covered by water. Fossils of animals living in water were piled up forming limestone; in youngest rocks such fossils are still visible to the naked eye. After that, due to tectonic movements, limestone rocks were broken vertically, rose up to an extent to form mountains. Holes and caves under the surface were carved by water flowing through cracks, and at some places they even extended to wide corridors and large halls.

Dripstones varied both in form and colour are the most spectacular elements of caves, formed by a long and complex process. Rainwater, leaking through cracks in the rock, absorbs carbon dioxide from root zone. This carbonated fluid dissolves limestone, carving bigger and bigger holes out of it. Water drops transfer dissolved calcium carbonate, which deposits in caves and builds up to form various structures over time. Stalactites hang from the ceiling, while stalagmites grow up from the ground and when they meet, dripstone columns are created.

In the cave the average temperature is 10 °C, while relative humidity is 95-100%.

Opening hours

Open all year round

Public transport

  • Get off at bus stop “Aggtelek, Kossuth utca, barlang bejárati út”.

Getting there

  • From the bus stop, follow the signs to the cave entrance. At the junction head west along the access road and walk 900 meters to the cave entrance at the base of the cliff.
  • The Blue Trail passes by the entrance.

Parking

  • Cave entrance is on the outskirts of Aggtelek, north of Miskolc. Reaching Aggtelek from Trizs/Jósvafő, turn left/right at the gas station. After 700 meters you will reach the cliff on the right encasing the ticket office and the entrance.
  • Free parking lot on the left.

Coordinates

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48.471534, 20.495097
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48°28'17.5"N 20°29'42.3"E
UTM
34U 462681 5368834
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