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.


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


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 from the 24th of December till the 1st of January.



Name Full price Discount price
Basic tour 1 400 HUF/person 1 100 HUF/person
Combined ticket (also applies the Pál-völgyi Cave) 2 000 HUF/person 1 600 HUF/person
Group discount in winter . 800 HUF/person
rental cost of the projection room:
base fee of the first 3 hours:
•   busines purposes (nature protection, geography): 10.000 HUF
•   other purposes: 15.000 HUF

over 3 hours: basic fee + 1000 HUF / hour
If you use technical equipment (slide projector): Room rental + 1000 HUF / hour

The discount prices are valid for: retired, children, students. Owners of Friends of Nature Tour Card, and TKM Gold Card, or two or more children accompanying adults (max. 2 persons) also discounted tickets can enter. Groups (over 10 people) who arrange an appointment get a discount of 5%.
Accompanyon ticket: for groups over 10 people for every one person in ten visitors accompanying ticket to enter.
Group discount in winter: for groups over 10 people, in case of 24 hours earlier check-in from Monday to Friday from 3rd January 2018 until 28nd February 2018, and from 1st December 2018 until 28nd February 2019. Combined ticket: valid for Szemlő-hegyi Cave and also the Pál-völgyi Cave.

The discounts cannot be combined. Credit card payment is also possible.

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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