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Kittelsthaler Tropfsteinhöhle

Dripstonecave of Kittelsthal


Useful Information

Image: the entrance of the Kittelsthaler Tropfsteinhöhle.
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Open: APR to OCT Mon-Fri 9-17, Sat, Sun, Hol 10-18. [2006]
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Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: L=180m, T=8°C.
Guided tours: L=90m, D=45min, V=6,000/a [2005].
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Address: Tropfsteinhöhle, Tropfsteinhöhlenweg, 99842 Ruhla OT Kittelsthal, Tel: +49-36929-63318.
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History

Image: typical profile, narrow and high passages leading down very steep.
1888 first natural caverns mentioned.
1894 discovery of more caverns.
1894-1896 development as a show cave.
1918 first electric light.
1945-1954 closed to the public because of safety reasons.
1954 restoration of the entrance tunnel and reopening of the show cave.
1968 collapse of the ceiling in the area called the Drei Gleichen. Cave closed because of security reasons.
1968-1992 closed to the public.
1980 after another collapse in the mining part, the Bergsicherung (mining security) did some work on stabilizing the mine.
1991-1992 restoration of the cave and reopening of the show cave.

Description

Image: the main feature of the cave: helictites.
Image: the biggest formation in the cave.