Szemlo-Hegyi Barlang (Showcave)

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Szemlo-Hegyi Barlang (Showcave)

Szemlo-Hegyi Barlang (Showcave)
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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Bollejef
Leuven, Belgium49 contributions
Nice if you have nothing more to do
Nov 2021 • Couples
A bit expensive but lucky for us they gave us the student price. You receive an audioguide that explains a bit about the caves. It is about 40min, but the caves are not very big. Easily accessible inside the caves as the path is made of cement. Slightly outside the center, but a bus stop is found nearby.
Written November 14, 2021
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PamikeG
Rockaway, NJ37 contributions
One of the coolest things to do in BP!
Jul 2021 • Family
This tour was amazing and stared off a new family hobby. 3-D video was included and interesting-but I don’t know if they usually offer English showtimes (the rest of my family understands Hungarian). The tour was about 40 minutes long- the perfect amount of time to see if your family is interested. The path was relatively easy to walk just be sure to bring a light sweatshirt even in the summer because the caves are always 11C. The audio guide was great as well and I was able to keep along nicely by just guessing the next number when the tour began to move.
Written July 21, 2021
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Eric N
9 contributions
Well worth it!
Feb 2020 • Family
The cave walking tour was probably my favorite activity while in Budapest! I’m not sure why it wasn’t more popular considering it is only at 15 cab ride from the city. It was super well laid out and with a great guide. The caves were amazing and well lit so you can take great pictures. We even saw a few bats sleeping. Cost was 7000 Ft per person for 3 hours of tour of two caves. It was well worth it. My 71 year old mom loved it and she is usually not impressed with anything. Be aware that the walking tour still does involve climbs of around 200 steps and a few very steep ladders. Some at even slippery conditions.

To book we went to caving.hu and emailed them for the English tour. I had to pay through PayPal.
Written February 21, 2020
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Lucy
4 contributions
Amazing!
Jan 2020 • Friends
Really amazing cave tour, with a little chalet type cafe onsite so you can wait to the tour to start! Our guide was really friendly, the tour done in English luckily for us but audioguides were available for other languages. There was only 7 of us on the tour, but he made sure to pause regularly and allow us our own time to investigate! He was very knowledgeable, detailling different formations and types of erosion throughout, as well as lots of jokes! The caves were incredible, we even saw some bat's. The absolute darkness for the first time in our lives, turning the lights off so we could truly expeirence the caves. Can't recommend this enough! Don't worry with arranged tours, you can book them online for such a fair price!
Written January 28, 2020
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-medvem-
manchester204 contributions
Rock formations different from other caves
Oct 2019 • Friends
Easy to get to independently by bus. No need to get organised tour and probably better and cheaper if you dont. Only 4 with our guide. Easy to walk around. Few steps. Rock formations from hot water that now feeds the spas different from normal staligtites and staligmites.
Interesting guide who spoke good english. Very good value if you go independently especially with combined ticket to other local cave 20 mins walk away.

Written October 13, 2019
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Sandy
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Terrible Experience. Condescending Staff
Jun 2019 • Solo
I had such a terrible horrible experience here and wasted 3 hours of my day.

It took me 1 hour to get here today and I was really looking forward to the cave tour. I even went on a weekday in the morning because I know weekends can get very crowded.

First of all, the tour was delayed because we were waiting on a big group. 15 minutes after the tour was scheduled to begin, the big group of about 30 people finally arrived and they were loud, were playing music, and some of the people in the group were even drunk!

I talked to the tour guide about this and he was AWARE that people in the group were drunk. Yet he still allowed them to go on the tour. I was shocked because many children go on this tour and this is unacceptable. Either way, this is extremely disrespectful behavior and the tour guides let it happen.

Throughout the tour, I could not hear the tour guide because the group was so loud. I even tried to stand next to the tour guide but had trouble hearing because of the group. And when I tried to go to the front multiple times, the group was pushing and shoving to get to the front too so I got really tired of trying to make my way to the front every time we moved to the next room. I talked to the tour guide about this after and he accused me of lying about not being able to hear over the loud group.

I‘ve wasted my time and money here and am disappointed because I could have gone to the Labyrinth or anywhere else to spend my time and money.

When I talked to the staff about this, they blamed the group and said there was nothing they could do. The staff did not do anything and did not take ownership or responsibility. However, I told the company that they could have done a better job at organizing the groups but instead they allowed 50 people go in at once and the drunk tourists too. It ruined the experience because the cave is not that big so overall, you are stuck with a large group of a bunch of Loud drunk tourists who are taking selfies the entire time.

I was very frustrated that the tour guides would not do anything to make my experience here better even though I asked politely. When the staff could not think of any way to improve the experience, I offered several suggestions for reimbursement because the services did not meet what was promised. I kindly asked if there was any way they could reimburse me for transportation as I spent 2+ hours through walking and public transport to get there from the outskirts of the city as a tourist. They kept avoiding responsibility and condescendingly told me that this was a "very inexpensive" trip although they were unaware of my budget and circumstances as a young woman without any income.

I am not one to complain but I had such a bad time here and I would highly NOT recommend anyone to come here.
Written June 24, 2019
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Anamaria D
197 contributions
Worth it
Jan 2019 • Family
The cave is really beautiful and it's worth visiting. It is an easy tour for kids, somewhere around 30 minutes. The guide spoke English, no fees attached, so we didn't miss out on anything. The entrance times are flexible, it doesn't necessarily happen sharp on the hour. So don't worry if you are a few minutes late.
Written January 21, 2019
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A.T
Island of Gozo, Malta26 contributions
Such a good experience
Nov 2018 • Friends
Sooo worth it, small private groups since it was an English guide walk. Reallyyy enjoyed listening to our guide and what he had to say about the underground caves, very interesting. Highly recommend it! Soo much fun and a bit adventurous too. Need to be ready to climb some stairs and walking though 😋 would really do it all over again thanks to our awesome guide!
Written December 3, 2018
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Climber46673760247
2 contributions
Must see experience
Nov 2018 • Friends
We did the English tour which was phenomenal. Our guide was funny, kind, knowledgeable and very outgoing. Since it was an English speaking tour it was a small group so we were able to have closer conversations and ask more questions. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

There were some steep stairs and cramped quarters but it should be manageable (one of our group was about 6'4" and he managed.)
Written November 13, 2018
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Chelsea D
Dallas, TX159 contributions
Cave Walk shows a deeper side to Budapest
Nov 2018 • Friends
We found the Cave Walk tour when I Googled “Budapest Off the Beaten Path”. I emailed to make reservations and we paid with PayPal a week or so before we arrived in Hungary.

Note: Szemlo-hyegi caves are a bit further from central, touristy Budapest, but we used Taxify easily enough.

The ticket office opens a little before 10 (our English tour was at 10:15) so we could check in with our guide. My friend and I were joined by a Bulgarian couple, and it was fun to have a small group.

Our guide really made the whole tour truly excellent. As an experienced caver, he knew the area and its tips & tricks like the back of his hand. He regaled us with stories and really interesting cave facts throughout both caves.

That’s right—after completing Szemlo-hyegi, we exited above ground (the original entrance) and walked a few minutes downhill to Palvolygi caves.

There are some steep steps, stairways and nearly-tight fits to traverse throughout both caves. It was 50°F/10°F so in early November our regular coats were fine and we both wore our same shoes.

Our guide was very easy to understand, and he even spoke a little Bulgarian to the other couple. Overall this was an excellent, authentically Hungarian experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Written November 13, 2018
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