Zinsel Cave

Useful Information

Location: Between the villages Rabenäußig and Meschenbach, Landkreis Sonneberg, approx. 1 kilometre from Meschenbach. Turn off B 89 between Eisfeld and Sonneberg at the "Grümpen" towards Rauenstein/Meschenbach. Signed above the cave.
Open: After appointment.
Zinselhöhlenfest (cave festival), third weekend in Juli, Sat, Sun 14-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (6-16) EUR 1.50.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Speleologyriver cave, horizontal cave, Upper Triassic limestones.
Light: none
Guided tours: L=250 m.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: staircase at the entrance, cave undeveloped with 1.2 m high step.
Address: Info: Gemeinde Effelder-Rauenstein, Tel: +49-36766-87721, 036766-2930, 036766-80204, Fax; 036766-22617.
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1728 erste Erwähnung.
1988 der Öffentlichkeit wieder zugänglich gemacht.


The Zinselhöhle is a river cave, the rivulet is called Retschbach. On the 250 m long trip, the visitors have to walk in the brook. This cave is not developed, guided tours are only possible after prior arrangement. Helmet, light, capes and rubber boots are provided.

Each summer the Zinselhöhlenfest (Zinsel cave festival) takes place, which is an ideal opportunity to visit the cave.