Budapest is very well known for their Thermal Baths, Sparty, Sziget Festival, and Ruin Pubs.
However one of their funnest and most adventurous activities still seems to be bit of a hidden treasure(literally).
Those same hot springs that supply the thermal baths have also formed miles and miles of caves under Buda.
The first time I went to Hungary I didn’t know anything about the caves.
Since that time I’ve heard from a few people that have gone caving in Budapest and they all highly recommended it.
So when I went back to Hungary in 2015 caving was very high on my list of things to do.
Various Different Caves.
There’s a few family friendly caves available like The Labyrinth at Buda Castle or Szemlo-hegyi and Castle Cave that are short guided caves you can easily walk through.
But what I was looking for was the claustrophobic, crawling on my belly in dark, damp spaces type of cave.
That cave would be the Pal-volgyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park.
The beginning of the tour started by meeting up with one of the guides at Nyugati ter bus station.
From there we walked to a tram location, bought our 4 transportation tickets and headed towards the Duna-Ipoly National Park.
The tram took us to another bus stop that took us higher up and eventually we were there.
That whole trip was a little less than an hour.
Once you’re at the Pal-volgyi base there’s lockers for your belongings and you get suited up in a caving onesie with a helmet and a light.
Once everyone is ready you take a small hike into the woods where the entrance of the caves begin.
The first couple sections of the cave are relatively easy.
Eventually you get to the areas where you have to military crawl through as the passage is only a few inches above your back.
That’s when people started to question their inner strength.
The group in my tour were all really brave and the guides were excellent.
The guides would tell you exactly how to enter certain areas and how to turn your body to get through certain spots.
Not once did I feel unsafe.
Some of the entrances into the holes looked really small, but once you got past that the tunnel would open up a bit more.
Crawling through a Hole Less Than 2ft in Diameter.
There was one area that was optional because it was unbelievably small.
You could walk around it if you were too unsure or you could go through it.
I, without question, went through it.
It was so small that I had to go through with my arms completely out in front of me(like Superman flying).
I had to slither on my stomach like a snake and pull myself forward with my fingertips.
Also to be able to fit through I had to have my head sideways so the helmet wouldn’t get stuck.
I was one of the tallest people in our group so once I made it through a few other people built up enough courage to go through as well.
That area was near the end and it was optional, but it was the funnest part for me.
Don’t Run Out of Light.
At one point we took a break in a large cavern.
We all turned our helmet lights off, so we could “see” what complete pitch blackness “looked” like.
We held our hands right in front of our faces and there was absolutely nothing to be seen.
Our guide explained how your eyes and brain try to adjust to the darkness and can’t and it can drive some people crazy.
The moral of that story was: If your light dies or breaks You’re Straight-Up Fucked.
The whole caving trip took about 3 hours and was completely worth it.
My elbows and knees were bruised afterwards but it was one of the funnest things I did in Hungary.
It has undeniably made me want to do more caving in the future.
Have you ever been caving in Budapest or anywhere else?
Tell me about it in the comments below.
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