Fertőrákos QUARRY AND CAVE THEATRE
Fertőrákos Quarry and Cave Theatre, which has been quoted as part of UNESCO World Heritage since 2001, represents a most unique collection of natural, civilizational and cultural values. Walking around this small area close to the town of Sopron, one may enjoy a time travel of several millions of years. Real life reconstructions of prehistoric creatures fascinate us, we learn a lot about today’s landscape bearing the characteristics of human civilization. Performances at the cave theatre with inimitable acoustics and monumental interrior space are the highlights of these summer adventures.
LEARNING PATH „Sziklai benge”
Walking along the path one is to meet natural sights of Fertőrákos Quarry, Fertő Hill Range and of Fertő–Hanság National Park: with the help of thematic presentation sites, installed at lookout points visitors learn about the important habitats, protected plants, animals living along the path, current and past landscape management.
Theme park is a permanent exhibition, introducing lithological and paleontological values of the area, its first part is to invite visitors to participate a journey through time. A mine remaining from the period of rock mining – the socalled „corridor of submerging” leads us to the world of Miocene sea, from 15 million years ago, where, along the offshore shallow sea we meet „grazing” dugongs. Going further – around the middle part of the cave – above visitors’ heads body reconstructions of prehistoric whales and dolphins „are swimming”, and as one of the main attractions of the site, a prehistoric lifesize shark (Megalodon) has also been exhibited. Dioramas, installations and short animations make visitors’ experiences authentic.
The second part of the Theme Park stages the mining’s history of the socalled Lajta lime stone. Bringing special techniques, tools close to the audience it focuses onto the extraordinary work, without which both Vienna’s and Bratislava’s architectural environment suffered heavily.
The cultural usability of this special area was first detected by the famous Hungarian composer and conductor Ernő Dohnányi (1877–1960). In the beginning openair performances, later, using the cave’s stone halls concerts were arranged here during the 1930s. The audience of the cave theatre’s predecessor enjoyed the first theatre performance in 1970. After a 1985 reconstruction, - in 2015 - thanks to EU subsidies - we took possession of a theatre site, satisfying all demands. Fans of great theatre performances – opera, operetta, musical and dance theatre –, should not miss the revolving thematic offer of the Cave Theatre ranging from spring through summer to autumn.