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Anna CaveLillafüredEger region

The region’s caves are also worth a visit, as you’ll find some real treasures within. Among other things, you’ll see unique limestone-crusted plants, spectacular solution forms and beautiful drop formations in Lillafüred.

Anna Cave

There are only a few lime tuff caves like this in the world; Anna Cave was discovered in the early 19th century. In the hanging garden of Hotel Palota, 150,000-200,000 years ago, lime separated from the waters of the Szinva karst spring completely covered the surrounding vegetation. The cavities of the cave, situated next to the Szinva waterfall, were formed by the water from the springs breaking their way through the formations. You can see unique things such as lime-crusted roots or leaf imprints that almost resemble lace. And don’t be alarmed if you see bats circling overhead, they are the most prominent representatives of the cave’s wildlife.  

St. Stephen’s Cave

This cave overlooking Lillafüred is highly protected, so please take care when passing through. It is an intermittent spring cave formed by karst water and has been open to visitors since 1931. Its passages are more than a kilometre and a half long, but only 170 metres of this is the featured section, which you can visit as part of 30-minute guided tours. It’s still more than worth it. In addition to the unique forms, the stunning stalactite formations are also an amazing experience.  

Szeleta Cave

This is the most important prehistoric cave site in Hungary. The opening of the cave is located on the slope of the Szeleta hilltop. It has been the site of major research and excavations that have uncovered numerous remains of animals and Palaeolithic stone tools from the Ice Age. The State placed it under archaeological protection in 1951 and then declared it a Special Protection Area, but you can still visit Szeleta Cave freely today, all you need is a lantern to “conquer” it. 


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