Hohenfels-Essinger Eishöhlen

Schwedenfeste - Borussiahöhle - St.-Martin-Höhle

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Location: North of Hohenfels-Essingen. 8km northeast of Gerolstein at the B410.
Open: MAY to NOV no restrictions.
DEC to APR closed for bat protection.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaRock Mine SpeleologyIce cave
Light: bring torch
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The Hohenfels-Essinger Eishöhlen (Ice Caves of Hohenfels-Essingen) are located on the Mühlenberg (583m asl) north of Hohenfels-Essingen. The so-called caves are actually abandoned millstone quarries. The passages lead generally downhill into the rock, hence they are cold traps. The temperature is very low all year, and after cold winters the caves contain ice until summer.

The millstones were cut manually from the basaltic rock. Quarry workers cut a deep circular trench into the rock face. This blank was loosened from the wall using wedges. To make this process easier, the millstones were often cut from the ceiling. So gravitation could be used to help loosen the millstones.