Known as one of the most spectacular tourist attractions of the Apuseni Mountains, the Bears Cave is located near Chiscau, in the Bihor County at an altitude of 482 meters.
The name of the cave is due to the many remains of cave bears that were found here.
Studies showed that the oldest bones found in the cave are 100,000 years old and the “youngest inhabitant” of the cave would have been “only” 17,000 years old.
Those Cave Bears were impressive in size compared to the current bears species. The bear was about 4 meters high when standing on 2 feet and was weighing ~ 1000 kg. At the time of the Cave’s discovery, there were 5 complete skeletons of Ursus Spelaeus – later on a the 6th complete skeleton was discovered in the cave.
With a length of more than 1500 m, the cave consists of galleries disposed on two levels, one at 488m – designed for tourists and an other lower gallery with a length of 521m meant for scientific research.
The cave is also host to some impressive natural formations, as stalactites and stalagmites, which bear names such as the Enchanted Castle, the Dwarfs House, the Water Lilly Lake, the Old Men’s Council etc.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Getting there: Railway – Beius or Sudrigiu railway station and from here by bus; DN 76 Oradea – Sudrigiu village (86 km) + DJ 763 Chiscau village 14 km, asphalt road.