As we wrote in September, the world-famous Hungarian cave bath of Miskolctapolca closed because of the skyrocketing energy prices on 10 October. Later, the Hungarian press learned that the local government and some businesses would like to save the facility and might be successful in doing that. As a result, the cave might remain open until the end of this year. Today, the bath reopened, but entrance fees rose extremely high.
According to termalonline.hu, Hungary’s world-famous cave bath in Miskolctapolca reopened after being closed for exactly three weeks today thanks to the cooperation of the municipal council and local entrepreneurs. However, that came with a price.
The entrance fees changed significantly from today. Before the closure, an adult ticket cost HUF 3,550 (EUR 8.61), while children, pensioners, and students had to pay HUF 2,850 (EUR 6.91) to enter the facility. Now, these fees increased consequently to HUF 6,850 (EUR 16.62) and HUF 5,050 (EUR 12.25). That means an almost 100 percent price increase is considered horrific in only a 3-week-long interval.
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A family ticket’s cost (2 adults and 1 child) grew from HUF 8,750 (EUR 21.23) to HUF 14,400 (EUR 34.94), which is also more than 80 percent.
If somebody lives in Miskolc, they have to pay only HUF 4,800 for the adult and HUF 4,100 for the children, student or pensioner ticket.
For tomorrow, the bath organised a thematic party on the occasion of Halloween, a festivity increasingly popular in Hungary. There will be night baths, thematic sauna programs, Halloween decorations and handicraft sessions.
According to infostart.hu, Miskolc’s non-aligned mayor said the local government would transfer an additional 22 million HUF (EUR 53,500) for the bath to help it remain open. An agreement with local tourist businesses says that they will do the same. Thus, the Miskolctapolca cave bath will receive more than 100,000 EUR to tackle the soaring energy prices apart from the increased entrance fees.
Meanwhile, the Aquarius bath in Nyíregyháza remains closed, like several hotels in the city’s famous Sóstó tourist district.
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