You will find the group of caves called Remete Cave above Nagymaros, in the steep side of Szent Mihály Hill looking onto the Danube. From the edge of the cliff at its entrance, we can enjoy a gorgeous panorama of the Danube Bend.
These caves are partly natural, partly artificial caves carved my humans. The deepening and reshaping of the natural caves probably started in the Roman age. It was also at this time that a small fortification was built in front of it by piling stones. From the 12th century, Benedictine Monks practised their religion here, who preferred the solitary life of hermits to living in a monastery. At 220–230 metres on Szent Mihály Hill, there is a group of 10 caves, out of which the so-called Sziklatemplom (“Rock Chapel”) is the one they usually refer to as Remete Cave (“Hermit Cave”). It is no longer than 29 metres, and its width and height are both three metres. It also bears the signs of human handiwork: The walls of the main aisle are straight, its ceiling is arched, and the two side aisles are probably entirely artificial.
There is also a legend about the cave. In the 1800s a hermit used to live here, who was often visited by the villagers for advice. He had a donkey that went down to the Danube every day to bring up water in the buckets on its back, along with the presents sent to the hermit by the villagers. According to legend, the donkey once drowned in the river, and as it never returned to the hermit, the hermit died too.
Freely accessible all year round.