Baradla Cave, Aggtelek

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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 25.5km and includes the 5.3km 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 7km long, with a rock tunnel, on average, 10m wide and 7to 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.
The first written mention of the cave dates from 1549. The first survey was conducted in 1794 by Joseph Sartory. In 1825 it was only known to be 1.8km in length. This section was surveyed in 1802 and the first map published. In 1825 the engineer, Imre Vass explored the cave a further 5km along the main branch, producing an accurate map and a description. His work, published in Hungarian and German was published in 1831.
In order to facilitate cave visits, the first tourist walks were installed in 1806. In 1890 the Red Lake entrances were established and further exploration and extension was conducted between 1927 and 1928.
Baradla, and other caves of the Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The entire cave system and the catchment areas - with the nearby Domicával wetlands of international importance were subject to protection in 2001. The Aggtelek National Park is an appealing attraction all year round, popular with visitors, who can choose from several hiking trails.
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  • We did the tour that started at the Aggtelek Red Lake Visitor Center, which was a 2-hour tour. The cave is beautiful, although the tour is only offered in Hungarian. Tip: Bring a sweater or jacket.....  more »
  • The entry fees of the short (1 hour and 1km long) trip: 2600 HUF/adult, 2000 HUF for students, 6 years or under 300 HUF. Tours start at 11h, 13h, 15h, 17h but if there are enough (10) visitors then...  more »
  • Very nice personnel, the lady behind the cash desk spoke English well and overall had a very positive and nice vibe. I've been here before and now I decided to visit this beautiful place. It is a must see for everyone that has the chance to visit or lives near this oplace
  • Cave IS beautiful and big, it is not hard way, I think very Nice place. Slovak text about Cave you can ask. Good experience.
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