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Teufelshöhle

Devils Cave


Useful Information

Image: the entrance to the cave.
Location: Near Steinau an der Straße, 3km north at the road to Freiensteinau. From Fulda 35km on highway B40, from Frankfurt on motorway A66 to Steinau. (48,Kc46)
Open: Good Friday to OCT Mon-Fri 13-17, Sat 13-19, Sun, Hol 10-19.
[2004]
Fee: Adults EUR 2, Children EUR 1.50.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 1.80, Children EUR 1.
[2004]
Classification:  Karst cave, cave system, Unterer Muschelkalk (middle Triassic)
Light: electric
Dimension: L=137m, VR=18m. BR: L=6m, B=6m, H=16m.
Guided tours: L=124m, D=20min., max. 20 pers, V=15,000/a [2005].
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: Heinrich Appel (o.J.): Entstehung und Erforschung von Tropfsteinhöhlen
Address: Verkehrsbüro der Stadt Steinau an der Straße, Brüder Grimm Straße 47, 36396 Steinau a. d. Straße, Tel. +49-6663-9631-0 oder +49-6663-9631-33. E-mail: contact
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:53:39 $

History

 
1584cow caved in, doline discovered by the cowboy Jox Mellmann.
1830Paper maker journeyman Walter from Steinau is the first who descends into the cave.
14-JUN-1898Exploration by street builder Lüders, street keeper Methfessel and tiler master Scheer.
1905Start of development, 50m long entrance adit built.
11-NOV-1912Foundation of the Verein zur Erschließung der Tropfsteinhöhle.
10-MAR-1924declared a Naturschutzgebiet (natural park).
1952reopened after World War II.
1998additional room developed.

Description

Image: collapse doline above the dome.

The Teufelshöhle (Devils' Cave) is one of only three show caves in Hessen. It is very small, maybe the smallest show cave of Germany. The Dom (Dome) is the only big hall in the cave, the other parts are only narrow clefts. This hall was formed at the junction of several small passages. The reason for this strange morphology may be  mixture corrosion.

The most interesting fact about this cave is its location. To the north lies the basaltic mountain Vogelsberg. To the south the Spessart and to the east the Rhön are both built of lower Triassic sandstones. Just here a small isolated area of middle Triassic limestones exists, which is karstified.

The cave was discovered after a cow fell into the opening of the Dom at the end of the 19th century. During the subsequent exploration the skull of an ape was found. But this was just the joke of the local pharmacist, who hid the scull here.

It is a 10 minutes walk from the parking lot at the road uphill to the cave. Disabled may drive up to the cave entrance. The road is a single line gravel road to the cave entrance.


See also


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