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  • Arthurwait
    38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual but novel attraction
    We visited the cave/lake in Tapolca and found it an interesting stop-off on our tour around the Balaton lake. The visit should take no more than one hour and is quirky side trip, with the main feature of rowing a small boat through the narrow channels within the cave that is under the town. Tall visitors should be aware that most of the clearances are low so you will need to duck-down most of the way but it still is well worth doing.. Note that parking nearby requires coins for the machines ( no notes or cards) so tourists can be caught out. In summary, a nice little spot well worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Carlovanopstal
    Wageningen, The Netherlands5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bit of a tourist trap and overrated
    Bit of a tourist trap if I am honest. Went there in the morning around 10:30 there was a large line to get tickets. After 45 min queue we where able to get tickets for the cave at 15:30. Once inside you get a 40 min tour through a museum in which the guide only talks Czech, however there are some English descriptions on the wall. Then when you finally get to the cave you have a 10 min boat ride through the cave in which you see none of the before explained phenomenon you could see in caves like stalagmite or crystals or something. It would be a fun activity to casually checkout but it's definitely not worth the long queue and wait time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • jessica r
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice few hours
    This was a really nice activity. Good explanations and factual displays upstairs about the cave formation, local history etc. In hungarian, german and english - take the time to read these as it's not a massive place so no point rushing through. Some things for kids to do too. Then you go downsstairs where there are some caves to wander round amd have a look at. Finally you go to the boat, underground, where you get into the metal boat, handed a paddle and then you are off! You have to paddle through the caves (it's lit) we went and were the only people theere which made the atmosphere great. The caves come down low and there are a few tight bends which make it exciting for kids. Really nice. Then you come up back into the town of Tapolca and can marvel at how you were just paddling about under the town :-) Parking in the street outside, is free parking on sunday. Nice gem shop next door. Tickets are reasonable and they do a family discount ticket
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 April 2024
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Kragujevac, Serbia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The lake was great unforhettible exxperiance for the hole family a must visit destination when you come. The water is magic everthing is like from a dream the kids loved it
Written 5 May 2024
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jessica r
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a really nice activity. Good explanations and factual displays upstairs about the cave formation, local history etc. In hungarian, german and english - take the time to read these as it's not a massive place so no point rushing through. Some things for kids to do too. Then you go downsstairs where there are some caves to wander round amd have a look at. Finally you go to the boat, underground, where you get into the metal boat, handed a paddle and then you are off! You have to paddle through the caves (it's lit) we went and were the only people theere which made the atmosphere great. The caves come down low and there are a few tight bends which make it exciting for kids. Really nice. Then you come up back into the town of Tapolca and can marvel at how you were just paddling about under the town :-) Parking in the street outside, is free parking on sunday. Nice gem shop next door. Tickets are reasonable and they do a family discount ticket
Written 21 April 2024
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SimonV
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited cave where we row a boat throu the circular tunnel underneath town.

There is also exhibition which explains history of the caves, and area.

Worth to visit.
Written 11 December 2023
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Jtjkz
Malmö, Sweden405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice cave with possibility for a small trip round on the "lake" inside the cave. Worth a visit if you are in the area
Written 4 September 2023
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Carlovanopstal
Wageningen, The Netherlands5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Bit of a tourist trap if I am honest. Went there in the morning around 10:30 there was a large line to get tickets. After 45 min queue we where able to get tickets for the cave at 15:30. Once inside you get a 40 min tour through a museum in which the guide only talks Czech, however there are some English descriptions on the wall. Then when you finally get to the cave you have a 10 min boat ride through the cave in which you see none of the before explained phenomenon you could see in caves like stalagmite or crystals or something. It would be a fun activity to casually checkout but it's definitely not worth the long queue and wait time.
Written 8 August 2023
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Arthurwait
Croydon UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited the cave/lake in Tapolca and found it an interesting stop-off on our tour around the Balaton lake. The visit should take no more than one hour and is quirky side trip, with the main feature of rowing a small boat through the narrow channels within the cave that is under the town. Tall visitors should be aware that most of the clearances are low so you will need to duck-down most of the way but it still is well worth doing.. Note that parking nearby requires coins for the machines ( no notes or cards) so tourists can be caught out. In summary, a nice little spot well worth the visit.
Written 19 June 2023
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Ria Ismail
London, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Before going down into the caves, you will have a guided tour through a little museum, which is very quaint. Unfortunately, English speakers were not catered for, so I had to translate for my partner.

That is the least important part of the tour for me - the highlight is of course getting to go down into the cave. We loved our ride, it’s very interactive but not without risk. Be careful down there, especially with other people bumping into you. We got stuck behind a really slow old man which was a bit annoying, but we could have queued for another go.

In the summer there were a number of little shops outside, including fresh traditional lángos, so you don’t have to worry about planning ahead for food!

Parking is a bit complicated if you don’t have coins. Took me about 15 minutes to register for the parking system (app or text) and all the instructions are in Hungarian. I suggest downloading and setting up the app beforehand as it will work across Hungary for parking. There are a tonne of apps to be found online, which can be confusing.

Make sure you buy tickets in advance online as they sell out!
Written 27 August 2022
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paul s
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Great fun, little boat ride through the caves 👍
Interesting and educational if that’s what you wanted but in truth we were only interested in the fun boat ride.
Written 30 May 2022
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Wanderlust Travler
United States1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Business
The cashier and a supervisor denied us entry because one of us was a US citizen and even though both of us had our fully vaccinated Pfizer card and they assured us prior to visiting that we would be welcomed. Even had official documents showing we were there on official business. After an hour drive to get there, left feeling completely discriminated against.
Written 26 May 2021
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Gabor K
Budapest, Hungary534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is an attraction that one must see! The detailed information during the guided tour in the visitor center is already worth it but the real fun is the boating. Highly recommended!
This attraction is very popular and has limited capacity, be prepared for booking in advance.
Written 1 August 2020
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