Szemlő-hegyi Cave

Szemlő-hegyi-barlang állás

Visiting the Szemlő-hegyi Cave is ideal for school and preschool groups, families and tourists as well because a real fairy-tale world is waiting for them here.

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Thanks to latest EU investment, now more experince can be given to our guests. Therefore, you should devote more time to visit us: in the projection room you can watch films or you can also spend more time in the interactive exhibition room before or after the cave tour. Walking along the new nature trail gives you a lot of interesting information about the traditional building materials of the historical must-see sights of Budapest and the rocks of the surrounding.

The temperature of the cave is 12 Celsius degrees (54 Fahrenheit) all year-round, so in summer time you should dress up warmer. The established route can be visited in casual clothes. Wearing comfortable hiking shoes is recommended.

The Szemlő-hegy cave is just one among many of the area's caves, which were created differently from the cold-water caves such as the famous Baradla cave of the Aggtelek Karst. The Szemlő-hegy cave was created by the upwarding hot thermal water, which created the special forms such as popcorn or cauliflowers.

Many other interesting things can be learned in the interactive exhibition room about the limestone or the only animal finding shelter in the cave, the bat. The process of cave rescuing is also exhibited here. You can try the cave rope technique and can climb through the needles eye. You can even pretend to be a caver on a photo you take, there is an interactive touchscreen knowledge database for you to improve your caving skills.

The entrance hall building and the park of the Szemlő-hegy cave was completely renewed in March 2011. The renewal project was successfully financed by the Hungary-Slovakia Cross-Border Co-operation Programme.

For the cave tour we provide audioguides in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Polish for our foreign visitors.



1025 Budapest, Pusztaszeri út 35.

How to get here:

By bus: Take the bus 29 from ’Szentlélek tér’ - direction ’Hűvösvölgy’ - exit’ Szemlő-hegyi-barlang’



+36 1 325 6001 (opening hours only)


All year round, every day except Tuesday. One tour every hour! First tour: 10:00 am, last tour: 16:00 pm. The cave is closed at the following days: December 24-26, December 31 and January 1.

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS (2022/2023): *24 -26 December: closed *27 - 30 December: open *31 December - 1 January: closed *as of 2 January: open


Name Full price Discount price
Basic tour 3 400 HUF/person 2 600 HUF/person
Combined ticket (also applies the Pál-völgyi Cave) 5 500 HUF/person 4 400 HUF/person
Registration ticket - 100 Ft/person
Extra fee for private tours 13.000 Ft/group (for English guided tours or tours with an interpreter. Reservation and pre-payment is needed.) -

Credit card payment is also possible.

Registration ticket:
- children (0-3 years old),

Discount price:
The discount prices are valid for: retired, children, students and teachers; two or more children accompanying adults (max. 2 persons) also discounted tickets can enter; groups from a school or kindergarten accompanying all adults. 
Combined ticket: valid for Pál-völgyi Cave and also the Szemlő-hegyi Cave.

Pál-völgyi Cave

The Pál-völgyi Cave in Budapest was discovered in 1904 and it is accessible for the public since 1919. The Cave is famous for its unique dripstones, the narrow corridors and the large level differences are also very typical. The 500-metre long route has lately been modernized and adjusted for the highest requirements. It takes the visitor to the most astonishing stone formations, drip stones, glittering calcium-crystals and prints of primeval shells. At some parts the perfect acoustics of the halls can also be experienced.


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