Caves of Budapest, Budapest
This 1200 meter long system of caves and cellars welcomes visitors with historic walls and mysterious attractions. The Labyrinth together with the Buda Castle is a part of the World Heritage.
Prices: Guiding in English – 1400HUF (about €6)
Make sure you visit it, 'cause these are the largest caves in Budapest, right under the Castle Hill. They are 16 m deep and filled with mysterious exhibitions, dark passages and surprises! 1200 m long labyrinth full of scary statues and wonderful lightning. You can also watch a film or explore The Other World there. Be sure to request your cup of hot tea, which is included in the ticket price. Great place during hot & chilly days of summer, but also a great place for winter!
P.S. NB! Remember my tip: bring a plastic bottle with you (or even two!) You won't regret it! ;-)
When traveling through Euorpe I automatically think that all of the Basicila's are very old. So I was at first amazed at the beauty and condition of this great church when I first saw it. Later, as I toured the building, I found out that is was not really all that old. It was completed in 1905 making it reletively new in comparison to some of the other Basicilia's I have seen. It is the largest cathedral in Budapest and like many other buildings suffered some damage during World War II. However it remained structurally intact and has been renovated back to its original condition.
The most tresured relic in Hungary is found in this cathedral. It is the mumified hand of Saint Stephen. It is on display in an ancient glass box in a small room near the back of the cathedral. In no offence to my Catholic friends here on Vt or the people of Budapest, when I was finally able to view the relic all I could see was some lacy looking object that looked like a glove Michael Jackson might have worn in one of his old videos.
Budapest has a remarkable caves formed over several million years by the thermal springs.There is probably well over 2OO caves located under the city, but only 4 are opened for public viewing: Castle Cave-Varbaralng, Sziklaapolo, Palvolgy Cave and the Szemohegy Cave.
Sure, lots of people know about Budapest but do they know about the 2,800 meteres worth of caves lying underneath the city? It's also know as the Great Labryinth.
The caves became public in 1935. During World War 2 they sheltered thousands of people when they were transformed into air raid shelters.
We went caving in the second largest cave in Hungary - Matyas Cave, it is made of all limestone. Its one of the few caves in the world that is formed by thermal water from the inside instead of rainwater from the outside. This 4500m cave is closed to the public and can only be accessed by being accompanied by a trained guide. We booked this excursion at our hostel - the backpack.
I would recommend it to everyone who is not claustrophobic and is looking for some adventure.
The trip was about 3 and a half hours and only about 3500 HUF, or 14 euro...
Go spelunking! Budapest is divided into two parts by the Danube: the relatively flat Pest and the hilly, castle-topped Buda. There are great caves to explore throughout Buda; this picture is from Pai-Volgyi.