Bears' Cave

Bears' Cave (Romanian: Peştera Urşilor), was discovered in 1975, by "Speodava", an amateur speleologists group, and is considered to be an interesting site-seeing location. The cave is located at the outskirts of Chişcău Village, in Bihor County, Romania.

Peştera Urşilor means Bears' Cave. The cave was named so, as numerous Cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) were found in this cave. The cave was visited by these large animals more than 15.000 years ago. But one day, a rock slide closed the entrance while more than 140 bears were still in the cave. Becoming hungry, the bears killed one another until all were dead. This story is told by their remains, tons of bear bones covering the floor of large parts of the cave with the marks of bear teeth.

Bears' Cave dwells also an extraordinary range of stalagmite and stalactite formations varying in size and forms. The cave entrance - which is situated at 482 m altitude - is by the tourist pavilion. Bears' Cave is 1 km in length. It is disposed on two-overlapped levels: one which is larger, being 488 m in length and fitted out for tourist reasons, and an interior level, temporarily active, being 521 m in length, which is used for scientific reservation.

Bears' Cave is the only modern show cave in Romania, with paved paths, banisters, and electric light. This was a sort of experiment, to test if show caves are interesting for tourists. But although this experiment worked very well - the cave attracts more than 200.000 visitors every year - it is still the only well developed show cave in Romania.