Finsteres Loch


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Location: Rosenstein, Heubach, near Schwäbisch-Gmünd.
Open: No restrictions.
Guided tours: MAY to OCT after appointment.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
Address: Höhlenkundliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rosenstein/Heubach e. V., Postfach 1345, 73535 Heubach. Vorstand: Gerhard Novak, Tel: +49-7173-8203. E-mail: contact
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The Finsteres Loch (Dark Hole) is one of about 40 caves at the Rosenstein near Heubach. This so-called mountain is actually a piece of the Swabian Jura plateau, cut off by river valleys. The cave is a through cave with a side branch leading to a window-like cave opening in a cliff face, which is not useful as a cave entrance. This is the biggest of the accessible caves on the Rosenstein. The entrance area was frequented by man during Stone Age and Bronze Age.

The Höhlenkundliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rosenstein/Heubach e. V. is the local non-profit caving club. The club offers guided tours for the caves of the Rosenstein area during summer, during winter the caves are gated for bat protection. The tour includes some walking and take around two hours. Walking clothes, sturdy boots and electric torch are required, helmets are recommended.