Vadu Crisului Cave

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Vadu Crisului Cave

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Vadu Crișului Cave is a complex cave, crossed by a spectacular underground river, which will delight you with the diversity of its concretions.

It was discovered by Czaran Gyula and his two collaborators, Karl Handt and Veress Istvan, on November 10, 1903.

The discovery was made by blasting the slope, there was a suspicion that above the Vadu

Crisului waterfall, which can be seen from the railway alignment, there is a cave. Count Odon Zichy, on whose property the cave was located, ordered its arrangement with wooden bridges and stairs, so that in 1905 it was opened for visiting, being considered at that time the most beautiful cave in Europe.

A river flows through the cave, which, 40 meters from the entrance, forms a waterfall of about 6 meters. Stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and sizes can be seen along the entire length of the cave, some of them bearing imaginative names such as: The Tomb of Mohamed, the White Eagle, Eve, the Prophet’s Beard or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Vadu Crișului cave is home to one of the richest cave fauna in Romania. Here are different species of bats, snails, worms, insects and crustaceans.

Location and Access

Access to the cave from E 79 (Oradea – Deva)

Beiuș – Delani – Petreasa – Remetea – Căbești – Roșia – Damiș – Bratca – Bălnaca – Șuncuiuș – Vadu Crișului

Access to the cave from E60 (Oradea – Cluj)
Topa de Criș – Vadu Crișului

From the center of Vadu Crișului commune, follow the signs to Vadu Crișului cave. The last parking lot is at the entrance in the Crişul Repede gorge, next to the village of Vadu Crișului. From this point, the access to the cave is on foot on the tourist route marked with a double red dot.

The cave can also be accessed by foot from Șuncuiuș, on the tourist route marked with a double red dot.

The cave can be easily reached by regional train running on the route Cluj Napoca-Oradea (Halta Peştera station).


1 Ianuarie - 31 Decembrie
Tuesday - Sunday09.00 - 17.00

CAREFUL! The last entry is at 16.00.

  • Duration of the visit: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Temperature inside the cave: 9 – 12 0C. We recommend that you have appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Group size: minimum 10 people / entrance, maximum 25 people / entrance

Visiting rates and Methods of payment

Adults 20 RON
Children, pupils, students and pensioners 10 RON

Methods of payment``

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Facilities and services

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Guidance services
  • Themed trail “Leave no trace”
  • Via ferrata
  • Climbing
Visiting rules – read more

Visiting rules

  • It is forbidden to disturb the existing specimens or colonies of bats on the tourist route;
  • It is forbidden to collect or move stones from the access path inside the cave;
  • It is forbidden to touch the formations or walls inside the cave;
  • It is forbidden to take photos with FLASHLIGHT or PHONE LIGHT inside the cave;
  • Follow the access routes to the cave;
  • Strictly follow the directions of the guides while visiting the cave;
  • Pets are not allowed inside the cave. They can accompany tourists only to the entrance of the cave;
  • Please DO NOT disturb the peace of nature and other tourists;
  • It is forbidden to throw garbage and waste in the cave, use the specially arranged places in the parking perimeter.
  • It is forbidden to organize barbecues, meals, camping inside the parking lot and the perimeter of the cave;
  • Parking is allowed only in places specially arranged for this purpose;
  • Tourists are asked to carefully walk the access route to the cave; The staff does NOT take responsibility for accidents that occur due to tourists’ inattention or non-compliance with the instructions of the guides and the administrator, both inside and outside the cave!
  • The administrator or guide may interrupt the visit at any time and may ask visitors to leave the cave, if circumstances indicate that the safety of the cave or persons is endangered.
  • It is forbidden to sell and / or promote any services or products in the perimeter of access to the cave without the prior consent of the cave administrator and Vadu Crisului Commune Hall.
COVID-19 rules - read more

COVID-19 rules

Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic, there are limitations on the maximum number of people for a tour, which can increase the waiting time for entering the cave.

All tourists must wear a protective mask, both in the outdoor spaces, in the ticket office, and during the underground visit. They must also disinfect their hands at the entrance to the ticket office and maintain the sanitary distance provided by the rules in force, at least 2 meters, on the visit route from the cave, in the ticket office and in the close areas.


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