International Park: Aggtelek National Park, Hungary

by Cie McCullough Buschle on May 8, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids, Travel Ideas

The Baradla Cave, part of Aggtelek National Park, is the largest stalactite cave of Europe. Over 16 miles long, most of the Baradla Cave is in Hungary, but a small portion – 5 miles – is in Slovakia, where it is called Domica.

Aggtelek National Park has been a Hungarian National Park since 1985 and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. The caves have been a shelter to man for more than 7,000 years. There is a documented history of the caves dating as far back as 1549; the first map of the caves was printed in 1831.

Aggtelek was set up as a tourist attraction in 1920. There are so many different caves that some have come into specialized uses. There is a sanatorium in Peace Cave, for people with asthma, and The Giants’ Hall, inside the Baradla Cave, holds concerts and music and light shows.

There are tours of the caves ranging from 1 to 7 hours long. There are three zones within the caves, and the tours only take place in Zones B and C. Zone A is entirely dedicated to the abundant wildlife. Zone B has marked trails which cannot be strayed from while Zone C allows for more exploration while set up to cause the least amount of disturbance to the natural habitat.

Stalactite formation named 'Orange waterfall' in Vass Imre Cave

Stalactite formation named 'Orange waterfall' in Vass Imre Cave

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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