Bears’ Cave is the main tourist attraction of the Apuseni Mountains. Placed in the Chiscau village, in Bihor County, the most modern show cave opens the gates into the heart of the mountain for all tourists. Discover the wonders of nature and you will have the chance to explore a new world only in Bears’ Cave!See pictures from Bears’ Cave
Bears’ Cave in Chişcău, Bihor county, was accidentally discovered in 1975. After local mining exploitations, the opening towards the underground grotto was dynamited. Traian Curta, a local miner, was the first one to be lowered into this cave, managing to go through the gallery until the Great Hall of the cave.
New explorations of the cave followed soon, by the amateur speleologists from “Speodava” in Stei, and later on, by the specialists at the “Emil Racovita” Speleological Institute, in collaboration with the representatives of the “Tara Crisurilor” Museum in Oradea. In 1980, after 5 years of exploration and design, Bears’ Cave was opened for visitation.
Bears’ Cave is made out of 4 main galleries: Bones Gallery, Emil Racovita Gallery, Candles Gallery and Scientific Gallery. The access in the Scientific Gallery, located at the end of the Emil Racovita Gallery and accessible through a 30 m pit, is only opened for professional speleologists.
In the 3 main galleries of Bears’ Cave accessible to the public, you will be able to discover the remains of the bear cave, through a great number of fossils, which have also given the name of the cave, but also various impressive natural formations, as stalactites and stalagmites, some of which have been given names due to the characteristics they showcase, such as: the Enchanted Castle, the Dwarfs House, the Water Lilly Lake, the Old Men’s Council and so on.
You can visit Bears’ Cave Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Mondays the cave is closed.
The entry in the cave is done with a group of minimum 3 people, with a guide who will give you more details about the history and about the beauties of the cave.
The visitation tour of the cave lasts for about 45 minutes.
The entry fee for Bears’ Cave is 30 Lei for adults and 15 Lei for children.
You can get to Bears’ Cave by car. The access is done through E79 national road from Sudrigiu. From there, you have to follow 763 national road until you reach Chiscau.
If you are using a GPS take down the coordinates: 46.556610, 22.569993 (46°33'23.8"N 22°34'12.0"E).
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If you want to spend a weekend or more days in the Apuseni Natural Park, then you can opt to stay in the heart of nature in the beautiful Stana de Vale resort. Iadolina Hotel offers great accommodation for 3 stars.
The beauties of Bears’ Cave and the interior design have transformed it into the main tourist attraction of the Apuseni mountains. You can also enjoy this wonder of nature throughout the year, via a guided tour, and you can find out more about the impressive discoveries made at Bears’ Cave!!