Lurgrotte Semriach


Useful Information

Location: In a pine forest called Tanneben near Semiarch in the Steiermark (Styria). 5 min walk to the cave entrance. 25km north of Graz.
Open: 15-APR to OCT daily 10-16, tours at 11, 14, 15:30.
NOV to 14-APR Mon-Fri after appointment, Sat, Sun, Hol 11, 14.
Tours hourly at the hour, additional tours after appointment.
Long tour: after appointment.
Abenteuerführungen (adventure tours): DEC to MAR after appointment.
[2008]
Fee: Adults EUR 6, Children (15-18) EUR 4.50, Children (0-14) EUR 4, Familienpaß EUR 18.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 5.50, Children (15-18) EUR 4, Children (0-14) EUR 3.50.
Long tour: Adults EUR 9.50, Children (15-18) EUR 6, Children (0-14) EUR 5.50, Familienpaß EUR 27.
Abenteuerführungen (adventure tours): per person EUR 60.
[2008]
Classification:  Karst cave,  river cave
Light: electric, LED.
Dimension: L=6,000m, T=10°C, A=640m asl.
Guided tours: Regular tour: L=1,000m, D=70min.
Long tour: L=2,000m, D=2h.
Abenteuerführungen (adventure tours): D=5-6h.
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: Anon (1994): Festschrift Lurgrotte 1894-1994, 332 pp 82 B&W & 14 colour photos 4 surveys.
In 1894 this cave became world famous when 7 cavers were trapped underground for a week by a flash flood. This book tells the story of the rescue with excerpts and photos from old news papers, diaries etc. The history of exploration, geology and hydrology, flora and fauna etc are all covered in this detailed monograph. Trevor Shaw describes some early cave "Stamps" sold to raise funds for exploration work. Nicely produced on art paper SB (Deutsch - German)
Address: Gasthaus Schinnerl, A-8102 Semriach, Tel/Fax: +43-3127-8319. E-mail: contact
Lurgrotte Semriach, Familie Schinnerl, Gleinalmsts. 75, A-8102 Semriach, Tel: +43-3125-2218.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:51:50 $

History

 
1601first picture of the cave entrance.
1822first mentioned.
01-APR-1894Max Brunello, an Italian speleologist, explored the Semriach entrance of the cave.
1894seven cavers trapped underground for a week by a flash flood.
1895first guided tours.
29-APR-1896six cave explorers were trapped inside the cave by a flood.
1912Lurgrottengesellschaft, a company to develop the cave, founded.
1913drainage adit provided access from Peggau.
1924the link between the Peggau an Semriach part was discovered.
1935first through-trip through both parts, Peggau and Semriach, by J. Gangl and 15 other cavers.
1962cave through tour with a length of 5km developed and opened to the public.
1963a flood destroyed the paths, which were soon repaired.
1975once again, a flood damaged the paths, this time the paths were not restored.
2014LED light system installed.

Description

The Lurgrotte cave is Austria's largest and most beautiful stalagtite cave. It is a through cave and an active river cave. The water of the Lurbach enters the cave near Semriach at 640m asl and leaves at an resurgence near Peggau at 400m asl. The cave system in between is 6km long. On both sides of the cave is a show cave. The description on this page is mainly for the Semriach part.

Near Semriach a huge entrance leads into the cave, which beacme famous in 1894. Seven cave explorers were trapped inside the cave by high water. The Imperial Engineering Battalion was sent to free them. The European public held their breath for nine days and the papers only reported about the Lurgrotte cave. This event boosted the development of the cave, as it was well known from now on.

The Semriach part of the Lurgrotte shows an active river cave, as the Lurbach enters the cave at the portal. But soon it vanishes and the cave shows numerous speleothems, which are apparently named with phantastic names. The most impressive point of the tour is the Großer Dom (Big Dome) which is the biggest chamber of the cave, 120m long, 80m wide and 40m high. It is said to be one of the biggest chambers of Central Europe.

A summer highlight is the multivision show in the big dome. Sound and vision fills the huge chamber. In winter this show is not possible, as it would disturb hibernating bats.

The winter highlight are Erlebnisführungen (adventure tours) which are made with carbide lamps on old parts of the show cave. This paths are less good developed, but still easy to visit. This part of the cave was originally developed as a show cave, but the paths were partly destroyed by floods and so it is not part of the regular tour any more.


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