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The Bears’ Cave is located in Bihor County, Romania and is considered one of the most thrilling places in the area. It was discovered in 1975 and is known for its incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations, as well as for its 140 Cave Bear fossils  (Ursus spelaeus) which can be found here. The Bears’ Cave has over 1,5 kilometers in length, 521 meters of which are reserved for scientific research.

It is said that its name comes from a species of  cave bears that used to populate these lands 15000 ago. While 140 bears were inside the cave, something caused a rock to block the cave entrance and so the bears were trapped inside. Bear fossils were discovered and are still there today, causing cold shivers on the visitors’ backs.

Dealul_GruiuThe entrance to the Bears’ Cave, Romania

Getting there is possible by taking the road DN-78 (Oradea-Deva) and making a diversion at km 86 in Sudrigiu Commune, at DJ-763. 16 km farther one may find Chiscani village, where the accommodation offers are various.

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It is suggested that a rock slide closed the entrance whilst 140 of these animals were still inside; deprived of food, the bears resorted to killing each other until none remained. Bear fossils were found in many parts of the cave, most sporting the marks of bear teeth.