The Cave bath of Miskolctapolca is closing due to being unprofitable. The bath will remain open until 8 January and will close for two weeks. During the closure, the renovation works that began in the fall will be completed according to plans, but it is doubtful whether it will reopen after that.
The Cave bath of Miskolctapolca had to close in October, too
Although the closing of Hungary’s most popular cave bath is unfortunate, it does not come as a surprise. From 10 to 28 October this year, the cave bath had to close due to the energy crisis. As a result of the cooperation of local entrepreneurs, the county chamber of industry and the municipality, the cave bath, one of the city’s leading tourist attractions, reopened on that day. The agreement was that Miskolc would finance the costs of the operation from the city protection fund. In addition, he contractors would contribute financially to the opening hours of the Cave Bath through individual agreements with Miskolc Fürdők Kft.
Although the Cave bath of Miskolctapolca could reopen, it did not make enough profit. At the meeting of the general assembly in Miskolc, they announced that only HUF 4.5 million (EUR 11,082.32) of the amount promised by the businesses had been received so far, which is far less than they promised. In fact, the bath generated a loss of about HUF 65 million (EUR 160,082.31) during the fall, reports boon.hu. For the time being, the operator Miskolc Fürdők Kft. and the city protection fund must endure this situation.
According to the current decision, the facility will remain open until 8 January, writes Index. During the closure, the renovation works that began in the fall will be completed according to plans. However, it is still uncertain, whether the Cave bath of Miskolctapolca can welcome visitors again or not. Money is a key factor in keeping the popular bath open. The cave bath is not only important to tourists but also to the city, as the Cave bath of Miskolctapolca is the main attraction of Miskolc. However, nothing is certain just yet, therefore, no conclusions can be made about the future of the Cave bath of Miskolctapolca.