The Baradla Domica cave system in Hungary is one of the longest researched, visited for centuries for its speleothems. As part of the Aggtelek Karst, the cave system extends more than 25.5 km (25,500 m) and includes the 5.3 km (3.3 mi) Domica cave. The cave has a natural entrance at Aggtelek, at the foot of a high white cliff that overlooks the edge of the village. It has an articulated, meandering main channel 7 km (4.3 mi) long, with a rock tunnel, on average, 10 m (33 ft) wide and 7 to 8 m (23 to 26 ft) high with a few giant caverns. The main branch has several short and long connecting side branches. A significant part of the cave has varied colors and shapes providing an unparalleled spectacle of decorative stalactites. Subterranean river waters run through the main branch at times of flood. Natural entrances to the cave have been open from ancient times, and there are traces of Neolithic occupation.
Distance: 1 km (0.6 miles)
Duration: 1 hour
The Baradla Cave Short Tour is perhaps the most popular of the Aggtelek cave tours, taking guests on a 1 hour lit walk along walkways 1 km through this famous cave. Explore a subterranean world virtually unchanged since cavemen discovered it thousands of years ago. The black, sooty rocks are now all that preserves the memory of these ancestors. However, this is not why the cave is special. Rather, the large chambers and multitude of dripstone formations such as stalactites, stalagmites and stalagmite columns leading the way deep underground spark the imagination. Along the way, you will encounter stunning formations and impressive halls such as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Santa Claus, the Tiger and the Columned Chamber. Come to one of the concerts in the Concert Hall, such as the Baradla Chamber Choir Festival, for an unforgettable experience and excellent acoustics.