Tapolca Lake Cave Visitor Centre, Tapolca

Dear Visitors,

We would like to inform you that because of the rainy weather and the thaw in the recent past the level of the water in Tapolca Lake Cave has been increased significantly

Please note that getting in and out of the boat needs more attention. It is worth arriving in proper shoes. In the narrower parts of the cave visitors should bend more than usual.
The dry parts of the cave offer several sights as well for those guests who would not like to take a boat. 

Thank you for your kind understanding.



You can buy tickets here!

Online ticket purchase is possible only 24 hours before the visit, or earlier.

The visit is only possible at the visiting date and time indicated on the ticket!
Please show your printed ticket for validation at the cash desk.

New regulation of visits from 2017

In order to decrease the waiting time of our visitors before entering the visitor centre, the Balaton-felvidéki National Park Directorate introduced a new regulation of visits from 2017. Our colleagues at the cash desk No2 sell the entrance tickets for a pre-fixed point of time.

After ticket purchase our guests only have to return to the visitor centre exactly for the pre-fixed point of time, indicated on the receipt. After arrival they can enjoy the services of the visitor centre without any additional waiting time.

Because of this kind of ticket purchase and because of the capacity of the visitor centre, it may happen that all tickets will be sold for a certain day before the official closure time of the cash desk on that day, therefore TICKETS MAY BE SOLD OUT BEFORE CLOSING TIME!

We kindly recommend you to arrive to our cash desk as soon as possible to avoid any annoyance, because the tickets are sold in a ‘first come first served’ order and tickets may be sold for the day before closing time.

We kindly recommend you to use www.jegymester.hu to buy your ticket in advance.

During Summer we recommend you to avoid standin in a line by:

- Purchasing the entrance ticket in advance, online (www.jegymester.hu),

- Avoiding the the busiest time period, between 11 am and 1 pm,

- Being aware that we can not accept booking on the phone. Groups (min. 15 persons) can make a booking via e-mail:  info@tavasbarlang.hu  Please indicate contact information, number of people in the group, required day and point of time.

A new service of the Visitor Centre!

While you enjoy boating in the beautiful underground water world of the cave, an automatic camera makes a photo of you. After your visit you can buy individual gifts in our shop, decorated with this photo.

Our offer:
- Photo - 590 HUF
- Photoframe made of cardboard - 100 HUF
- Key-holder (45X60 mm, transparent) - 890 HUF
- Fridge magnet, normal size (35X45 mm, sima, transparent) - 890 HUF
- Fridge magnet, big size (150X100 mm, it is also a photoframe with a backstay) - 1.190 HUF

In case you buy any of these gifts, you can download your photo from a given website with the code printed on the receipt within 2 weeks from the time of the purchase.

More information is available in the Tapolca Lake Cave Visitor Centre.

About the Cave

A tortuous cave system is hiding under the streets and houses of Tapolca, a little town not far from Balaton. In the strictly protected cave, which was discovered more than 100 years ago, the visitors can make a unique boat trip on the lit, bluish water of the underground lake. The temperature is about 18 °C in the cave all year round. Thanks to the new lighting system, the Lake Cave awaits visitors with more beautiful lights and view than ever.

Those who are interested in the secrets of the underground world are invited to an exciting boat trip under the streets of the town. A new visitor centre opened next to the cave with a unique exhibition on the wonderful world of karst regions. The mysterious world of caves is interpreted by special attractions in 10 rooms. Children can crawl in the adventure cavern while the sensory abilities of adults are challenged by the „feel the rocks” game. Palaeogeographic paintings introduce the wildlife of past epochs. We ourselves can go on an underground expedition by watching 3D photos and the film. Karst water, the exotic artist of nature creates magnificent shapes out of limestone. From the tower karst of South China, through the empire of dripstones we arrive to the caves of Tapolca, the crystal world of fragile beauty. Lava tube caves and ice caves, tropical palaeokarst and many other attractions await you.


  • Dripstone Room
  • Cave Divers’ Room
  • Bat Room
  • Geopark Room
  • Prehistoric Room
  • Palaeokarst Room
  • 3D Movie Room
  • Boating in the Cave
  • Playground
  • Climbing Wall

The leaflet of the visitor centre (also in English) can be downloaded from here.

Contact, how to arrive

Opening hours

Admission fees

  Facebook page of Tapolca Lake Cave Visitor Centre | view

More information about the visitor centre: www.lakecave.hu

Video for our Czech visitors

  It is not allowed to take dogs to the Lake Cave Visitor Centre.

The area of the Bakony–Balaton Geopark  includes this exhibition site and its surroundings as well.