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The 9 most beautiful stalactite caves in Germany (2021)

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Mysterious worlds under the surface of the earth, winding corridors and an ancient history. Stalactite caves not only keep many secrets, they are also a great holiday destination in Germany.

Stalactite caves are especially beautiful for families and nature lovers. But also for everyone else they offer a varied cooling off on hot summer days and the perfect place for a journey of discovery in the dry on rainy days.

Below are stalactite caves that are particularly worth seeing.

Map of stalactite caves in Germany

1. Atta cave in Attendorn

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It is considered the largest and most beautiful stalactite cave in Germany, the Atta cave in Attendorn in North Rhine-Westphalia.

By chance, quarry workers discovered the stalactite cave during blasting work in July 1907. To date, around 40 million people have visited the Atta Cave.

So reason enough that you plan a detour to Attendorn on your next visit to North Rhine-Westphalia.

The most beautiful stalactites and stalagmites form into extraordinary formations.

You can visit the cave at around 500 meters. Overall, the stalactite cave has a length of 6670 meters.

In 1986 researchers discovered another part of the stalactite cave. However, opening up to the public would be too dangerous. The cave was created in the Devonian about 400 million years ago.

In addition to the Atta cave, there is a health grotto that you can visit. You can relax on loungers and in beautiful light and breathe in the soothing cave air.

It is said to help with asthma, chronic bronchitis, neurodermatitis, sleep disorders and some other diseases.

Most important information

  • Address: Finnentroper Str. 39, 57439 Attendorn
  • Opening times: Depending on the time of year, the opening times vary between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. You can find the exact opening times on the homepage
  • Admission: Adults pay 9 euros and children aged 5 to 14 pay 5.50 euros
  • Homepage: http://www.atta-hoehle.de/#section-time

2. Devil’s Cave in Pottenstein

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This stalactite cave near Bayreuth is the largest stalactite cave in Germany .

Over a length of 1700 meters you can examine the various large and small halls and halls.

Overall, the Teufelshöhle has a length of 3000 meters. In 1922, Hans Brand, geologist and mining engineer, discovered the cave. The entrance portal – the devil’s hole – had been known for a long time, but ended after 85 meters in front of a wall.

Nobody suspected what was behind it. It was only when Brand broke through the wall and discovered parts of the cave decorated with dripstones that he suspected what might be in the mountain.

Over the next eight years, the cave was gradually excavated and made available to the public. The complete skeleton of a cave bear is exhibited in the cave. In addition, impressive halls with impressive names and equally impressive stalactites await you.

So you can visit Barbarossadom or the giant hall.

Most important information

  • Address: Pegnitzer Straße 100, 91278 Pottenstein
  • Opening times: from 7 January to 23 March with guided tours at 11 a.m., 12.20 p.m., 1.40 p.m. and 3 p.m., from 24 March to 4 November with guided tours daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults pay 5 euros, children from 4 to 15 years pay 3 euros
  • Homepage: http://www.pottenstein.de/startseite-teufelshoehle

3. King Otto stalactite cave in Velburg

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The König Otto stalactite cave has a total length of 450 meters. You can get to know 270 of them on a guided tour.

The remarkable stalactite cave is located in the Upper Palatinate and owes its name to the day it was discovered.

That was on September 30, 1895, the name day of the Bavarian King Otto. Today the König-Otto-Höhle is part of the Velburg Adventure World.

Not only can you visit the stalactite cave, but you can also try your skills in a climbing garden, you can also ride a quad, swim or walk along the forest adventure trail. A world of mysterious works of stalactites and stalagmites, which nature has created over millions of years, awaits you in the cave.

In 1972 a second cave was discovered. You can also visit the Advent Cave today.

If you want, you can even get married in the stalactite cave.

Most important information

  • Address: St. Colomann, 92355 Velburg
  • Opening times: from April 1 to October 31, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guided tours take place every hour on Tuesday to Saturday, and every half hour on Sundays from 12 p.m. Mondays are closed, except when there is a public holiday
  • Admission: Adults pay 5 euros, children up to 15 years 3 euros and children up to 3 years have free admission
  • Homepage: http://www.erlebniswelt-velburg.de/index.php/de/

4. Saalfeld fairy grotto in Saalfeld

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The Saalfeld fairy grotto is a very special stalactite cave. Because it is very young and the stalactites grow here a thousand times faster than in other rock layers.

Until 1860, today’s stalactite cave was used as a tunnel for the extraction of alum and vitriol.

From 1910 the forgotten tunnel was rediscovered and the fascinating stalactites that had formed here in less than 300 years were found in the older layers. The colorful stalactites in the fairy grotto are particularly beautiful.

Since 1993 it has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records as ” the most colorful viewing grotto in the world “. You can also discover the fairy grotto and the associated grotto and the fairy forest.

As a family, you will have a great day in Saalfeld.

Most important information

  • Address: Feengrottenweg 2, 07318 Saalfeld
  • Opening times: from November to April daily from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., from May to October daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in January only the Grottoneum is open, daily from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
  • Admission (for all three attractions): Adults pay 14.90 euros, children from 4 to 14 years pay 9.90 euros
  • Homepage: www.feengrotten.de

5. Eberstadt stalactite cave in the Odenwald

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This stalactite cave in Germany is about three to five million years old and about 600 meters long .

The Eberstadt stalactite cave was only discovered in 1971 and opened to visitors only two years later.

Since the cave was only operated with electric light from the start, the stalactites have been preserved in their original white color.

In older stalactite caves, where candles or torches were used at the beginning, the stalactites have darkened from the soot from the candles.

The height of the cave is between two and eight meters. You can find impressive rock formations underground here.

A stalagmite, which owes its name “Vesuvius” to its appearance, or the mighty floor stalactite “wedding cake”.

You can also find an underground lake in the branched cave. You can only visit the stalactite cave as part of a guided tour.

These usually start on the hour.

Most important information

  • Address: Höhlenweg 8, 74722 Buchen
  • Opening times: from March to the end of October daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays in March, April, September and October are closed, from November to the end of February on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays in Baden-Württemberg from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults pay 5 euros, children from 3 to 15 years of age 4 euros, severely disabled people pay 4 euros
  • Homepage: http://www.tropfsteinhoehle.eu/startseite.html

6. Syrau Dragon Cave in Vogtland

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The Dragon Cave of Syrau is the only stalactite cave in Saxony.

It was discovered by chance during quarry work in March 1928 and opened to visitors that same year. Today the cave is around 550 meters long and you can visit around 350 meters of it on guided tours.

Here you can see various interesting stalactite formations, underground lakes with crystal clear water and extraordinary sinter formations. One of the most beautiful is the “curtain”.

It is around 50 centimeters long. The hole in the “curtain” was made by a Soviet soldier.

From May to August there are ten-minute laser shows in the Drachenhöhle and concerts at regular intervals.

Most important information

  • Address: Paul-Seifert-Straße, 08548 Syrau
  • Opening times: in February daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from April to October daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission (with laser show): Adults pay 8 euros, children between 4 and 14 years pay 5.50 euros, children under 4 years of age have free admission
  • Homepage: https://syrau.de/drachenhoehle/

7. Bing cave in Streitberg

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The Bing cave was named after its discoverer Ignaz Bing from Nuremberg, who discovered the cave in 1905.

From 1906 the cave was open to spectators. The various grottos and formations from stalactite caves that you can visit today all have impressive names, such as stalactite gallery, candle hall or Prince Ludwig grotto.

Incidentally, the cave was created by a river that once eaten its way through the mountain.

The cave is one of the most beautiful stalactite caves in Germany and, in addition to the normal tours, also offers adventure or fairy tale tours for children.

You can also celebrate your children’s birthday here.

Most important information

  • Address: Schauertal, 91346 Wiesenttal
  • Opening times: from April to November daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults pay 4.50 euros, children from 4 to 14 years 2.50 euros, students from 15 years (with student ID) 3.50 euros
  • Homepage: http://www.binghoehle.de/index.php?page=10home

8. Autumn labyrinth Advent cave system in Breitscheid

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The underground cave system in Breitscheid is the largest cave system in Hesse and one of the most beautiful stalactite caves in Germany.

The total length is 12,000 meters. The cave system was only discovered in 1993 and then opened in 2009.

Thanks to its technical equipment, the autumn maze is one of the most modern show caves in Europe. The accessible part of the autumn maze is the button hall.

It is around 60 meters long and 32 meters high. In the cave you will find many different types of stalactite, sintered or meandering ceiling. The Breitscheid cave adventure does not stop above ground.

The karst and cave educational trail awaits you there. On a hike along the circular route, you will experience the phenomena of a karst landscape. There, streams disappear into the ground and dried-up streams now form the entrance to gorges.

The “stone chambers” are a highlight for young and old.

Here you can go caving yourself.

Most important information

  • Address: On the K68, 35767 Breitscheid
  • Opening times: from April to October on Saturdays, Sundays and Hessian public holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., guided tours take place every hour
  • Admission: Adults pay 9 euros, children between the ages of 4 and 6 pay 6 euros
  • Homepage: https: //schauhöhle-breitscheid.de/

9. Iberg stalactite cave in Bad Grund

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The Iberg stalactite cave is part of the cave experience center cave and museum am Iberg in southern Lower Saxony.

The accessible part of the stalactite cave is 123 meters long and lies deep in the limestone. Originally it was a coral reef that was probably formed in a warm sea where Madagascar is today.

Within several million years it then moved to its current location in the Upper Harz. The cave thus has a unique history of origin, which is probably unique in Europe.

The cave was discovered around 1500 by miners who were looking for stored brown iron ore. A visit to a cave was described for the first time in 1737 and stairs and paths were laid out from 1874 so that the Iberg stalactite cave became accessible to visitors.

In the accompanying museum you can explore the history of the “oldest” extended family in the world. Researchers discovered the mortal remains of a family clan from the Bronze Age in the Lichtenstein Cave 15 kilometers away.

The age of the grave is estimated to be almost 3000 years. Thanks to the well-preserved bone structure, researchers were able to find DNA and thus, for the first time, prove relationships between an early Christian group of people.

A faithful replica of the cave grave gives you an authentic impression of the tomb.

Most important information

  • Address: An der Tropfsteinhöhle 1, 37539 Bad Grund (Harz)
  • Opening times: from December to June and in September Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lower Saxony school holidays also open on Mondays, in July, August, October and all Lower Saxony school holidays Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on national holidays from 10 a.m. open until 5 p.m.
  • Admission (stalactite cave and museum): Adults pay 8 euros, reduced admission applies to children and young people from 6 to 16 years of age, schoolchildren, trainees, students and the disabled, admission costs 6 euros
  • Homepage: http://www.hoehlen-erlebnis-zentrum.de/
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