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Szemlo-Hegy Barlang (Showcave)

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Address: Pusztaszeri ut 35, Budapest 1025, Hungary
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Not A Wild Cave, But Certainly A Worthy Cave

Went on a tour and, fortunately, the guide spoke English. She was knowledgeable and friendly and very interested in the cave. A tad difficuly to locate, this attraction is worth... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2016
Chicago, IL
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Malmsbury, Australia
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57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a guided tour of the showcave in September - the cave and its history was very interesting. Being a mixed language group, the guide delivered the content in both Hungarian and English which was very much appreciated (although I did get the sense that the English version - which was delivered second - was somewhat abbreviated). The showcave... More 

Thank Karly L
Las Vegas, Nevada
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1,083 reviews
493 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Not sure why this experience is not rated higher. The cave tour was spoken in English and the guide, a cave enthusiast, was terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and her personalized attention.

Thank LV_Lee
Chicago, IL
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345 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Went on a tour and, fortunately, the guide spoke English. She was knowledgeable and friendly and very interested in the cave. A tad difficuly to locate, this attraction is worth visiting and exploring. Great for kids, natural history buffs and anyone with an interest in caves. Not strenous.

Thank wlamb123
Gothenburg, Sweden
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69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The tour took us about 30 minutes and the guide told the story of the cave in both Hungarian and English. There are several caves in the Budapest area, but we settled with this one. It is a "young" cave where the thermal water has dug its way through the limestone, creating popcorn-like formations. The air in the cave is... More 

Thank SwedishGlobetro
London, ON
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Went here with my cousins as the concierge at our hotel suggested it as a shorter option to the 3hr caving adventures we had read about. Honestly I feel like we should have just done the 3hr more adventure style activity. We are between 26-34yrs of age and were a bit bored, the guide didn't speak very clear english (definitely... More 

Thank michygu
Cork, Ireland
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

hidden away, but easy and close enough to get to from the city centre. only a few hundred metres of cave is accessible. not a huge amount to see, I was expecting a little more. the guide tried very hard to show the interesting details - but there just weren't enough interesting items to show. price of entrance was 1600... More 

Thank Clon04
Turku, Finland
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12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 June 2016

There was no other language option and the guidings lasted very long. It wasn't possible to tour without the group, so we went most of the time waiting. The cave itself was nice, but otherwise the visit was just boring.

Thank JanikaSiro
Oslo, Norway
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

The caves are a hidden treasure underneath the city. The rock formations created by water are a spectacular view. We went only to the Szemlő-hegyi cave though. It is very easy to access (go down into) the Szemlő-hegyi cave, and it is child friendly. No climbing. The paths are lighted. It is somewhat cold down there, but we went there... More 

Thank Lise A
Kiev, Ukraine
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219 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I do not know why, but mot many guides tell a word about the caves under Budapest. This is one of them. Quite far from touristic routs it is really worth visiting. 40 min underground visit opens you magic of underworld. Popcorn stones… Have you ever heard about such formations? Or seen? Here you have a chance! You will be... More 

1 Thank Elena O
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

The caves are out of the city centre but it is reachable by bus. Tours are every hour so make sure you try to get there on the hour (departs 15mins past). It isn't a strenuous tour so it's suitable for most people and kids, it gets a bit chilly down in the caves so I would make sure you... More 

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