Facts and Data

Official Unesco Page
Aggtelek National Park (Hungary)
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Slovak Caves Administration

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 1995
Size of heritage: 56,651 ha
- Buffer zone: 86,797 ha

Longitude: 20,487°
Latitude: 48,476°


The variety of formations and the fact that they are concentrated in a restricted area means that the 712 caves currently identified make up a typical temperate-zone karstic system. Because they display an extremely rare combination of tropical and glacial climatic effects, they make it possible to study geological history over tens of millions of years.

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The Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, located in Hungary's Districts of Rožnava and Spišská Nová Ves, as well as the Region of Košice in Slovakia, are a UNESCO World Heritage site. This unique natural wonder is renowned for its exceptional cave systems, geological formations, and diverse ecosystems. The caves have a rich history and continue to captivate visitors with their beauty and scientific significance.


The history of the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst dates back millions of years. The karst landscape was formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, such as limestone, creating a complex network of underground caves and passages. The caves were first inhabited by humans during the Paleolithic era, as evidenced by archaeological findings. In the 18th century, the caves gained recognition for their natural beauty and scientific importance. Explorers and scientists began to study and document the unique geological formations and diverse flora and fauna found within the caves. The first systematic exploration of the caves took place in the late 19th century, leading to the discovery of numerous chambers, stalactites, and stalagmites.

Current State

Today, the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst are carefully managed and protected to preserve their natural integrity. The site covers an area of approximately 55,800 hectares, encompassing not only the caves but also the surrounding karst landscape and forests. The management of the site involves both Hungary and Slovakia, ensuring the conservation of this shared natural heritage. The caves themselves are a major attraction for visitors. The Aggtelek Cave, located in Hungary, is the most famous and accessible cave in the area. It stretches over 25 kilometers and features stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Guided tours allow visitors to explore the cave's chambers and learn about its geological history. On the Slovak side, the Domica Cave is a highlight of the Slovak Karst. This cave system extends for over 25 kilometers, with a portion accessible to the public. The Domica Cave is known for its impressive underground river and unique formations, such as the "Palace of Justice" and the "Hall of Giants." The Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst are not only a tourist destination but also an important scientific research site. The caves provide valuable insights into the Earth's geological processes and the evolution of various species. Ongoing research and monitoring help scientists better understand the delicate balance of the cave ecosystems and the potential impacts of human activities. In conclusion, the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst are a UNESCO World Heritage site of immense natural and scientific value. With their rich history, stunning geological formations, and diverse ecosystems, these caves continue to inspire awe and fascination among visitors. The careful management and protection of this unique site ensure its preservation for future generations to appreciate and study.

Hotels and places to stay

Katica Vendégház Aggtelek

Distance: 1,1 mi
Vass Imre út 21.
3759 Aggtelek

Time Information

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Weekday: 9:00 - 22:00
Weekend: 9:00 - 22:00

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