The Anna Cave is a natural limestone cave in
Miskolc-Lillafüred, Hungary, near the greatest waterfall in
Hungary. The cave stands out even on a European level. The
limestone that has been carried by the Szinva Stream over several
tens of thousands of years has shaped special limestone tuff
formations and fossilised plants into what we can see today.
The cave was discovered in the XIX. century, when opening a shaft
in the limestone in order to provide the iron furnace at Hámor with
water. It soon became a tourist attraction, however, in the second
part of the century, when the iron furnaces were closed, the cave
The entrance of the cave, opened for mass
tourism in 1927, can be found in Lillafüred in the lower-most
supporting wall of the terraced garden of the Palota Hotel right
beside the waterfall. The network system, altogether 800 m long,
was created artificially by connecting and widening 34 larger
caverns which were formed when the fresh-water limestone was
deposited by the Szinva.
The cavities were not dissolved and eroded into
the receptive rocks by water after their creation, but rather they
evolved simultaneously with the rock mass. Fossilized curtains of
lime-covered algae- and moss-threads with fine fringe trimmings
hang from the ceiling of the subterranean nooks and crannies. In
places, hundreds of thousands of tiny spring limestone nodules sit
beside each other, at others fossilized tree leaves, blades of
grass, twigs or their fossil prints preserve the relics of the past
millennias' flora. The majority of smaller cavities evolved in the
place of vast decayed tree trunks that were once buried in the
The 20-metre high waterfall of the Szinva
Stream can be enjoyed as it gushes down from the terraced, or
hanging, garden of the Palace Hotel. The three-section rapids is a
magnificent sight in summer, but many spectators are also attracted
by the ice palace created by the frozen water in winter.
April 1. - Oktober 15. : every day 09.00 a.m.
to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.)
Oktober 16. - March 31 : Closed
Duration of the tour : about 30 minutes
Tour group size: max. 30 persons
Information: Tel. : (+36) 46/334-130
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2. Number of round holes on each side above the entrance?
3. The digits from the bronze plate on the right side from
the entrance? (see spoiler2)
4. Approx how old is the limestone in the cave?
5.What makes this cave special between the others limestones
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