Peştera de la Vadu-Crisului

Useful Information

Location: In the Mountains of Paddurea Craiului.
Classification: cretacious Barremein Limestone.
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=1000m, A=305.6 m asl
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Corneliu et al. (1966): Aperçu Biospéologique sur la Grotte Vadu-Crisului, Monts Padurea Craiului (Transylvanie, Roumanie). Trav. Inst. Spéol "Émile Racovitza" t XXXV p 115-142, Bucarest
Bleahu, M et al (1976): Pesteri din Romania. 415 pp
Pleasa, C (1996): Defileul Crisului Repede. Ghid "Interare turistice" Ed Meridiane, 35 pp
Viehmann, Iosif et al (1964): Peştera de la Vadu-Crisului. Lucr. Inst. Speol "Emil Racovita" t 3 49-81
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.


1903 discovered.


Situated in the gorge of the River Crisul Repede and about 2.5km from the hamlet of Vadu-Crisului, in the Department of Bihor, it was commercialised by a local tourist group soon after its discovery in 1903. It has been known by various names: Révi barlang, Zichy-barlang, Vizesébarlang, Peştera lui Zichy, Peştera Vad etc. The cave is famous for its cave life and has been visited by many biospeleologists: Benno Wolf, P A Chappuis, R Jeannel and E G Racovitza amongst others.

Marked at the entrance by a fine waterfall which tumbles into the River Crisul Repede (a tributary of the Tisza, Danube basin), Peştera de la Vadu-Crisului can be found at an altitude of 305.6m. It is formed in the Barremein Limestone and has been explored for 1km. It is composed of a principal gallery, with a stream for 800 m of its length. The cave is decorated throughout with some fine speleothems.

Text by Tony Oldham (2001). With kind permission.