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Budapest is very well known for their Thermal Baths, Sparty, Sziget Festival, and Ruin Pubs.
But one of their 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 of caves under Buda.
The first time I went to Hungary I didn’t know anything about the caves.
Since that time I’d hear from people that caving in Budapest was
highly recommended.
So when I went back to Hungary in 2015 caving was very high on my list of things to do.

Caving In Budapest

Various Caves.

There’s a few family friendly caves available like The Labyrinth at Buda Castle or Szemlo-hegyi and Castle Cave.
Those are short guided caves you can easily walk through.
But what I was looking for was the claustrophobic, crawling on my belly in dark type of cave.
That cave would be the Pal-volgyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park.

I had my booking set up by my crazy hostel.
But a quick google search or a visit to Absolute Tours website can get you booked.


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 and then we were there.
That whole trip was a little less than an hour.

Once you get checked in at Pal-volgyi base you get suited up in a caving onesie with a helmet and a light.

Caving In Budapest

The Descent.

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 easy.
Eventually you get to the areas where you have to military crawl.
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 brave and the guides were excellent.
The guides would tell you exactly how to enter holes 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 the opening the tunnel would open up a bit more.

Caving In Budapest

Crawling through a Hole Less Than 2 feet 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 had to go through with my head sideways so the helmet wouldn’t get stuck.

I was one of the tallest people in our group.
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.

Caving In Budapest

Don’t Run Out of Light.

At one point we took a break in a large cavern.
Our guide told us to turn 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 but 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.

Jeremiah Cooper

By Jeremiah Cooper

Welcome to Live Life Extreme, a travel blog about thrill-seeking travel through some of the largest cities to off the beaten path getaways.

My name is Jeremiah and I'm a photographer from Arizona.
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