AGGTELEK NATIONAL PARK
The icy stare of a dragon, the enchanting spell of a sorceress, the goggle-eyed glare of a giant – you never quite know what is around the corner in the Baradla cave in the Aggtelek National Park. The temperate zone’s largest and most attractive stalactite cave has been designated a World Heritage site. Not that this is the only spectacle in the neighbourhood, there are plenty of sites of natural and cultural interest to discover above ground. The Aggtelek karst can be explored on horseback or by bicycle, and a stroll through the local villages offers ample opportunities to try traditional handicrafts, bread-making, and much more.
Baradla Cave (Aggtelek-Jósvafő)
Cave tours vary in length depending on how far underground you want to go. The 1-1.5 kilometre walk will give you a feel for the scale and complexity of the cave network. The two-hour tour along the Styx Stream passes the Observatory, at 19 metres Hungary’s tallest stalagmite, and takes in the Giants’ Hall, made all the more breathtaking by enchanting music. The longer trip takes you along the entire 7 kilometre main branch of the cave system. Whichever you choose, the Baradla Cave has plenty of surprises in store.
Open all year round.
Imre Vass Cave (Jósvafő)
Joined stalactites and stalagmites, soda straw stalactites and helectites, as well as resplendent draperies and flowstone all go to show that Baradla is not the only cave worth visiting in the Aggtelek National Park. The cave’s wonderful colours appear in all their glory in its most renowned formation, the Orange Cascade.
Rákóczi Cave (Bódvarákó)
This wonderful cave, in the Esztramos Hill 20 kilometres from Jósvafő and not far from the River Bódva, captures the imaginations of visitors with fascinating formations, beautiful colours and pisolites (cave pearls). Its crystal clear, mirror-like lakes are not to be missed. The cave can be accessed via an artificial opening and a series of iron steps and bridges. The tour takes around one hour and is 800 metres long.
Béke Cave (Aggtelek)
This tour begins at the entrance to the Baradla Cave and requires a two-hour walk above ground to the man-made entrance on the way to Jósvafő. The tour explores the cave for 3 hours and for 2 kilometres long, eventually leading to the Kötélhágcsó Syphon via red and white dripstone draperies, as well as a series of stepped basins created by snow-white tuffaceous limestone.
Open all year round by prior arrangement.
Aggtelek Village Walk
Learn about rare local animal and plant species and marvel at Aggtelek’s historical buildings. The tour takes in a memorial to the Baradla, after whom the cave is named, and you can try your hand at leatherworking at the local belt makers’ workshop.
Jósvafő Village Walk
Jósvafő is a protected settlement in a valley enclosed by rocky hillsides and fed by the Jósva, Kecső, Kajtaand Tohonya streams. Its natural beauty, traditional peasant life and the ubiquitous sound of running water give it a very special atmosphere, and the farm buildings and local cottage industries lend it a charm all its own.
General Sightseeing Tour of Aggtelek and Jósvafő
A 3 or 6 hour tour of the settlements within the national park, exploring the geological, zoological and botanical sights of the karst surface, the major plant communities and habitats, traditional village homes, cottage industries and cultural history.
Special Overground Tours
A special 3 or 6 hour tour with a professional guide, who will explain the unique morphological, zoological and botanical characteristics of the karst surface.
Available all year round, by prior arrangement.
A special, 4 hour tour with a professional guide, exploring the zoological, botanical and cultural history of the highly protected Keleméri and Mohos Lakes.
Village museum (Jósvafő)
Still-room, porch, stacker and chaff-cutter… soon only a handful of village houses, now museums, will hold the secret to the meanings of these words. The village museum at Jósvafő contains a host of tools and artefacts from the turn of the 20th century. You can also visit the exhibition on the exploration of the region’s wealth of caves. A small stage has been set up for performers in the hayloft, farm machines are on display in the yard and a hands-on exhibition of handicrafts tools can be found in the stable.
Baradla Gallery (Jósvafő)
The dripstone columns and plant and animal life of the karst region are just begging to be put on canvas. And once they have been painted, they should be put on display. The Baradla Gallery is home to a selection of paintings inspired by the region.
Manor House Education Centre (Jósvafő)
Here at the Jósvafő Manor, you can become acquainted with a small herd of Hucul horses, related to the Eurasian wild horse, go pony trekking, ride a horse and carriage and, in winter, even take sleigh rides. The larger part of the herd, the only one in Hungary to be preserved as a protected species, can be found roaming free along the trails from Jósvafő to Tohonya-Kuriszla.
The old manor house, once a home to the local lord, now operates at the National Park’s education centre, provides a number of activities and is a venue for woodland school excursions.
Village museum (Aggtelek)
The peasant house displays a room typical of the beginning of the 20th century, complete with a cooking range, a trousseau and a variety of implements.
Honey Cake House (Aggtelek)
The workshop contains honey cakes and traditional cooking utensils, candles and candle-making materials, and a host of informative about these local specialities.
Baradla Study Trail (Aggtelek – Jósvafő)
The Baradla Cave provides interest and adventure both below and above ground. The trail along the boundary between the open and closed karst winds its way between sinkholes and springs. Discover more about the region’s geological, hydrographical, zoological and botanical curiosities in an awe-inspiring setting.
Tohonya-Kuriszlán Study Trail (Jósvafő)
Not only can you the seek out the majestic Hucul herd along the yellow-marked trail from Jósvafő, the tour also passes a great variety of geological formations and botanical, zoological and hydrographical rarities.
Alsó-hegyi Zsombolyos Study Trail (Bódvaszilas)
This circular, 8.5 kilometre, five-hour tour explores several spectacular vertical shaft caves in the Alsó-hegy mountain with 14 stop-off points. Recommended only to hardened walkers due to the hike’s 355 metre ascent.
Borz Study Trail (Szin-Szelcepuszta)
In addition to its outstanding natural beauty, the region’s forestry and game economy, with its characteristic woodland types and diverse forest life, is also worth discovering. This 2.8 kilometre trail is punctuated by 15 information boards.
Szádvár Study Trail (Szögliget)
This 4.5 kilometre trail begins and ends at the Szalamandra House. It is not marked but follows a woodland route consisting of existing tourist trails and unmarked forest tracks. The forest is native to a wealth of diverse species typical of the highlands, the Mediterranean and continental woodland steppe. The walk also passes one of the region’s most important historical treasures, the imposing ruins of Szádvár Castle.
Fürkész Study Trail (Jósvafő)
The ichneumon fly, the trail’s logo, appears on all signs indicating resting-places and providing amusing tasks and games related to a natural object. These tasks are designed to inspire visitors to pay closer attention to animals, plants and other natural phenomena and to gain a more complex understanding of the environment.
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