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Meziad Cave is one of the largest, most beautiful and most famous visited caves in Romania.
Location: Remetea commune, Meziad village (3 km), GPS coordinates: 46º45’46,82”N, 22º28’35,14”E

Length of touristic route: 1100 meters
Access: Once in Meziad, at the top end of the village, the road branches to the left and follows the Cave valley. The road is paved and accessible until former Meziad Chalet (2 km), to all categories of vehicles. To reach the cave, the way continues to climb along the same valley another km on a paved road, crossing a scenic gorge area. The parking for small cars and minibuses is 250 meters away from the cave, from where access to the entrance you have to walk by foot.
Description:
The impressive dimensions of the cave portal (16 meters high and 10 meters wide), as well as the interior, along with the large bat colonies, capture the attention of visitors throughout the cave’s visit.
The cave is at an altitude of 435 meters and has two levels of karstification, which in the region of the Natural Bridge – a spectacular part of the tourist route, overlap, resulting in a total height of a 35-meter room:
● the lower level, with a total length of 1542 m, with unusually large spaces, often measuring between 20-30 m wide and 15-20 m tall;
● the upper level has a full length of 3208 m.
The Austrian geographer Schmidl makes the first descriptions of the Meziad Cave in 1863. He also draws the first sketch for about 1,150 meters of galleries. This work is continued by Czaran Gyula, a true explorer of the Apuseni Mountains, considered to be the first author of a detailed map of the cave.
The most important feature of the Meziad Cave is the size of the galleries that have widths of 20-30 meters and heights of 15-20 meters: Great Hall, Bats Hall, and Pyramid Hall are just a few examples in this respect.
The middle floor of the cave has a length of 1,542 meters, the connection between it and the upper level is realized through a series of galleries, suggestively named: The Neck of the Devil, The Descending Gallery, and The Jonction Gallery.
The underground section in which the two floors exhibit their entire beauty is that of the Natural Bridge, a reference point for the touristic circuit which is arranged in Meziad Cave. The stalagmite flows, columns, large-scale stalactites are part of the cave’s natural landscape.
Meziad cave has the status of a nature reserve, due to the richness and diversity of speleothems, as well as the presence of a luxurious underground fauna (one of the largest bat colony in Romania). In addition to the bone deposit belonging to the cave bear, discovered in the Oaselor Hall. Traces of the prehistoric man’s existence were also found in Meziad Cave. The most famous of them is the fragment that comes from the skull of a young man who was probably sacrificed during a ritual ceremony.
The recent developments made by The Center for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development have further enhanced the beauties of Meziad Cave. By walking along a 1,100-meter long route, tourists can discover this underground world in all its beauty and complete safety.
Fares:
ADULTS: 20 Lei
CHILDREN between 5 and 14 years old: 15 Lei
CHILDREN up to 5 years old: free
For commercial photography sessions, a fee of 100 lei/day is charged and for shooting 450 lei/hour.
Personal photography is not charged, but it is forbidden to use the flash of phones or cameras.
WARNING – For visiting the cave in organized groups (schools, travel agencies, etc.), pre-programming is required for at least 48 hours in advance at 0359410556 or 0744426272 (Meziad Cave and Crystal Cave Administration) or the address: pesteri@padureacraiului.ro.

Organized groups of minimum 20 people with group attendant and written group table benefit from reduced fares: 15 lei/adult and 10 lei/child if programmed in advance for visiting the cave.
VISIT PROGRAM
October 2019:

Monday, Tuesday: CLOSE

Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00-15:00, LAST ENTRANCE is at 15:00!!!
Note: Entries take place hourly, as follows: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
From the 1st of November 2019 – to the 28th of February 2020 – The visit can only be done by prior appointment with at least 48 hours in advance at 0359410556 or 0744426272 (Administration of Meziad Cave and the Crystal Cave). Email address: pesteri@padureacraiului.ro. Visiting hours are from 10:00 to 14:00 (last entry).
WARNING!! The minimum cave entrance group is ten people, and the maximum group is 50 people. If there are not ten people gathered at the time of your arrival, you will have to wait for the next entry. Waiting time is approx 45 min.
Website: www.pestera-meziad.ro
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PesteraMeziad/

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