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Syrauer Drachenhöhle

Dragon's Cave Syrau


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Image: location of the cave. © Gemeindeverwaltung Syrau.
Location: A9 München-Berlin, exit Schleiz, aprox. 25km B282 towards Plauen. A72 Hof-Chemnitz exit Plauen Ost or Pirk, from Plauen B92 and B282, 8km to Syrau. Next airpot is Hof app. 30km. 26km N Hof. City limits of Syrau. (45,Na45)
Open: FEB to MAR täglich 10-16.
APR to OKT täglich 9:30-17.
NOV täglich 10-16.
[2012]
Fee: Adults EUR 5.50, Children (4-14) EUR 3, Family (2+n) EUR 15.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 5, Children (4-14) EUR 2.50.
Photography permission EUR 2.
[2012]
Classification:  Karst cave, cave system, Upper Devon
Light: electric
Dimension: L=550m. Großer See (Great Lake): L=28m, B=10m, D=2m.
Guided tours: L=350m, D=40min., St=81, V=40,000/a [2005].
Photography: with paid permission allowed
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: (1985): Die Syrauer Drachenhöhle, published by: Rat der Gemeinde Syrau, Plauen.
Address: Drachenhöhle Syrau, Höhlenberg 10, 08548 Rosenbach/Vgtl. OT Syrau, Tel: +49-37431-3735, Fax: +49-37431-80912. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:53:39 $

History

Image: the entrance to the Drachenhöhle.
 
14-MAR-1928discovered during quarry work. Development and electric light in the same year.
1929publication of the first cave guidebook.
1929discovery of the Irrgarten (maze) beacause of very low water level in the lakes.
1934development of the Irrgarten and addition to the exting tour.
1980start of the discovery of the water filled lower level.
1985entrance and exhibition modernising.

Description

Image: probably the most impressive speleothem of the cave, a shawl or curtain. © Gemeindeverwaltung Syrau.
Image: map of the cave. © Gemeindeverwaltung Syrau.

The Drachenhöhle was discovered in the former Walther'schen Steinbruch (Walter's Quarry), after the quarry was already closed. Only the quarry worker Bruchmeister Ludwig Undeutsch was still allowed to quarry, because he had no other income. Today the quarry is a small park with an open air theatre.

The cave was developed extremely fast: 199 days from the discovery to the opening is maybe the fastest development of all show caves. The main reason for this fact is the high unemployment rate at this time. The community of Syrau provided work for the people and hoped to increase tourism.

The cave has a maze-like structure and many cave lakes. The lakes are interconnented and so they all have the same level. The largest lake is the Großer See (Great Lake). Its water is very clear and has a green colour, because of the high amount of dissolved limestone.

In 1929, a very dry year, the water level was very low, so the Irrgarten (Maze) behind the Nixensee (Nix's Lake) was discovered. It was developed too, but to keep this part dry the water level had to be lowered by pumping. Additionaly this part of the cave is very narrow and a dead end. So it is not part of the tour any more.

The cave has very little limestone formations. The Elefantenohr (Elephants Ear), a 50cm long  curtain is really nice. The cave has some small but nice  Excentriques. They are located along the path from Kristallsaal (Crystal Ballroom) to Schatzkammer (Treasure Chamber) at the ceiling and they are not mentioned at the guided tour.

The Devonian limestone of this area contains a very high amount of clay. Thus the cave is filed with huge amounts of residual clay, forming strange and rare clay speleothems. This clay formations are a special sight of the Drachenhöhle.

The pictures are used with the consent of the Gemeindeverwaltung Syrau.


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