|Location:||Near Attenzell, near Denkendorf in the Altmühltal (Altmühl Valley). 750 m northeast of Attenzell. (N48°54.777' E11°23.718')|
Closed in Winter for bat protection.
|Dimension:||VR=30 m, A=468 m NN.|
|Guided tours:||ST=80, VR=30 m.|
|Accessibility:||No, many steps|
|Address:||Tourist-Information Kipfenberg, Marktplatz 2, 85110 Kipfenberg, Tel: +49-8465-9410-40, Fax: +49-8465-9410-43. E-mail:|
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|1799||description of the cave mentions many caves.|
|1868||description by Karl Kugler.|
The Arndthöhle is known for a very long time, Today it is developed with a comfortable trail, mostly a staircase with concrete stairs which leads down to the bottom of the shaft. The cave is of great archaeological interest, with remains from Urnfield culture, Hallstatt culture and the middle and late Middle Ages. For this reason it is protected as a Hisoric Monument.
The Arndthöhle is somtes also named Arnthöhle, which seems to be an old spelling. Another old name for the cave is Arngrube.
An old description from 1799 mentions "Auf dem Boden liegen allerlei Gebeine von Tieren allenthalben herum" (on the floor all kinds of animal bones can be found). As a daylight shaft this cave might have been a trap for unfortunate animals and walkers. When fallen down into the cave it was almost impossible to climb the steep walls, especially when the victim was hurt by the fall. Men used such places often for offering, burials, and to get rid of dead animals. On the ground caramic shards from Urnfield and Halstatt culture and from the Middle Ages were found. Crushed human bones are a sign for prehistoric offerings. The bones were removed during archaeological excavations so you can not see them during a visit.