Tapolca is a cute little town in Hungary, famous for its Lake Caves.The tour guide starts out by talking about the different rock formations and limestone and yadda yadda. Our group didn’t take much interest in it (didn’t help that it was in Hungarian) so they opted for the children’s tunnel. You can always count on my husband to choose the most mature option. Rocky got a power snooze in on the bean bag…We pretty much skipped the first half, eager to actually get in the boats and tour the caves. But there was one tidbit of info that was kind of neat: the cave chambers were used as air-raid shelters during World War II. During this time, they discovered that the clean cave air was really good for patients with respiratory issues. To this day, the cave functions as a medicinal cave.After a bit of a queue, mom and dad got a boat of their own.Then the girls’ turn came…Followed by us…Followed by Rocko.It was pretty cool!For most of the areas, you didn’t even need a paddle. You had to tuck in really low and use your hands to pull yourself through.But soon enough, the tour was over we were back in the regular old caves.And then back on the road – headed for the big old city. We’re told that all the mountains in this region (Tapolca Basin) were old volcanoes.
For such a small country (you can fit almost 7 Hungary’s into Saskatchewan), it’s got quite a bit to offer. We feel like we are just at the tip of the berg.