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Hohlestein Stadel Lonetal (Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismus)

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"Naturhöhlen" im GeoPark"Nature caves" in the Geopark

Aside from 12 visiting caves the Geopark Swabian Alb has a high number of nature caves, which are accessible during summer. Partly the caves are locked, thats why you may ask before you plan to enter the cave. Please consider the hints regarding safety and cave protection.

Bocksteinhöhle (Kathrin Schiller)

Bocksteinhöhle, Rammingen

The Bockstein cave is about 50 meters above the valley floor of the Lonetal and consists of an approximately 15 m × 20 m hall in the rocks of the White Jura.

Bocksteinhöhle, Rammingen

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Schillerhöhle (Reiner Enkelmann)

Schillerhöhle, Bad Urach

Below the ruin of Hohenwittlingen is the Schillerhöhle. During troubled times the cave was used as a refuge for the population.

Schillerhöhle, Bad Urach

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Geißenklösterle (Stadt Blaubeuren)

"Geißenklösterle", Blaubeuren

Geißenklösterle cave is situated just south of Blaubeuren-Weiler, on the slope about 60m above the valley bottom. It can be reached from the parking lot in the valley

"Geißenklösterle", Blaubeuren

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Heidensteinhöhle (Albstadt Tourismus)

Heidensteinhöhle, Albstadt-Ebingen

The Heidensteinhöhle is a typical Jurassic cave, which was demonstrably inhabited by Paleolithic people during the last ice age. The 40 m long cave is freely accessible.

Heidensteinhöhle, Albstadt-Ebingen

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Fohlenhaus (Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismus)

Fohlenhaus, Langenau

In the Lonetal, 2 500 m north - east of Bernstadt, the almost 20 m high foal house in form of a "sugar hat" rises abruptly from the valley ground.

Fohlenhaus, Langenau

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Brillenhöhle (Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismus)

Brillenhöhle, Blaubeuren

The cave is located in the Lower Felsenkalk formation of the White Jura  approximately 1000 meters west of Blaubeuren.

Brillenhöhle, Blaubeuren

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Geisterhöhle bei Rechtenstein (Reiner Enkelmann)

Geisterhöhle, Rechtenstein

Below the Rechtensteiner Felsen, right on the Donubau Bridge, opens the Ghost Cave, also called the Rechtensteiner Cave.

 

Geisterhöhle, Rechtenstein

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Tropfstein

Bear cave in the Wolf valley, Lauterach

The Bear cave is located in the fore valley of the "Wolfstal", a narrow and deep recess valley leading to the valley of the Big Lauter. Highly above the valley floor you can reach the cave.

Foto: Hans Martin Luz

Bear cave in the Wolf valley, Lauterach

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Schmiechenfels cave, Schelklingen

On the right hand site of the Schmiech valley, 40 m above the valley floor, you find the Schmiechenfels cave (also 'Hohler Stein').

Schmiechenfels cave, Schelklingen

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Hohlenstein Stadel (Reiner Enkelmann)

Hohlenstein Stadel, Asselfingen

Hohlenstein-Stadel cave is located in the picturesque Lone valley about half way between Vogelherd and Bockstein. The "Hohelnstein" consists of different caves:

Hohlenstein Stadel, Asselfingen

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Tropfstein

Burkhardts cave, Westerheim

The Burkhardts cave is one of the rare caves at the northern escarpment of the Swabian Alb and has prehistoric finds.

Burkhardts cave, Westerheim

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Tropfstein

Hohler Stein, Mehrstetten

Approximately 2 000 m north of the town center of Mehrstetten you can find the 1.2 m high and 1 m wide access to the 17 m long Hohlenstein 
 

Hohler Stein, Mehrstetten

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Mordloch, Böhmenkirch-Steinenkirch

The Murder Hole is one of the most interesting caves of the Swabian Alb.

Mordloch, Böhmenkirch-Steinenkirch

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Ofnethöhle (Reiner Enkelmann)

Ofnethöhle, Riesbürg

On the southern edge of the Riegelsberg you can find the Great and the Little Ofnet Cave.

Ofnethöhle, Riesbürg

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Mühlheimer Felsenhöhle (Donaubergland)

Felsenhöhle, Mühlheim

The cave is 134 meters long and developed since 1912. In the main hall there are some stalagmites and sinter basins. A corridor leads into turns and slopes to the great hall. 

Felsenhöhle, Mühlheim

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Große Grotte (Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismus)

Große Grotte, Blaubeuren

The Große Grotte is a secondary cave located in the Upper Jurassic. It served as a accomodation for the Neanderthals. 
 

Große Grotte, Blaubeuren

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Steinernes Haus (Reiner Enkelmann)

"Stony House", Westerheim

The Stony House is in the opposite of the Schertel's Cave, in the Lower Compact Linestone of the Upper Jurassic. 

"Stony House", Westerheim

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Tropfstein

Gustav-Jakob-Höhle, Grabenstetten

The Gustav - Jakob - Cave can be reached from the Burgruinenhofen over very narrow forest trails. It is the longest natural passage-cave of the Swabian Alb 

 

Gustav-Jakob-Höhle, Grabenstetten

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Linkenboldshöhle (Albstadt Tourismus)

Linkenboldshöhle, Albstadt-Onstmettingen

The Linkensboldhöhle is a small horizontal cave in the limestone reef of the Upper Jurassic with a length of approx. 220m, known since the 18th century. Various sinter forms are responsible for the special charm of the cave

Linkenboldshöhle, Albstadt-Onstmettingen

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"Hohler Stein", Feldstetten

A signposted trail is leading from the road Feldstetten-Laichingen to the forest, where the "Hohler Stein", 2000 northeast of Feldstetten ist located.

"Hohler Stein", Feldstetten

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Tropfstein

Falkenhöhle, Bartholomä

The "Falkenhöhle" was formed as a typical karst cave in the Lower Felsenkalk formation of the Upper Jurassic and may be about 90 m are committed.

Falkenhöhle, Bartholomä

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Falkensteiner Höhle (Reiner Enkelmann)

Falkensteiner Höhle, Grabenstetten

The Falkensteiner Cave is one of the longest caves of the Swabian Alb. It is explored to over 5,000 m in length.

Falkensteiner Höhle, Grabenstetten

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Vogelherd Höhle (Reiner Enkelmann)

"Vogelherdhöhle", Niederstotzingen

Vogelherd cave is a very scenic place and well worth a visit, as indeed is all of the Lone valley. There is a place for open-air grilling directly above

"Vogelherdhöhle", Niederstotzingen

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Irpfel cave, Giengen an der Brenz

1.700 m away from Giengen a. d. Brenz, in the northwestern direction, the cave is opening at the south of the Irpfel. The cave is located in the Upper compacct limestone of the White Jurassic.

Irpfel cave, Giengen an der Brenz

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Zwiefaltendorfer Tropfsteinhöhle (Stadt Riedlingen)

Zwiefaltendorfer Tropfsteinhöhle, Riedlingen

The cave (26.5 m long, 3 m wide, 4 m high) was discovered during excavation work for a beer cellar under the inn "Rössle"
 

Zwiefaltendorfer Tropfsteinhöhle, Riedlingen

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Schuntershöhle (Stadt Ehingen)

Schuntershöhle, Ehingen

The approx. 6 m deep Schunterscave is located in the Upper Jurassic, south of the village Weilersteußlingen.
 

Schuntershöhle, Ehingen

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Kätheren Küche, Ehingen

The Kätheren kitchen is located near Ehingen-Briel and was named after Käthe, the daughter of the Schunter family, who lived there for a time as a herbalist. 

 

Kätheren Küche, Ehingen

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Tropfstein

Kühstellenhöhlen, Winterlingen

The three Kühstellencaves are located at an altitude of 845 m on the western edge of a Dry valley, in a rocky mountain range 4 km northwest of Winterlingen.
 

Kühstellenhöhlen, Winterlingen

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Felsställe (Stadt Ehingen)

Felsställe, Ehingen

The Felsställe is a large Abri (rock roof), located west of Ehingen on the Danube, near the village of Mühlen.

Felsställe, Ehingen

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Höhle und Neandertaler Veringenstadt (Gemeinde Veringenstadt)

Mühlberghöhle, Veringenstadt

In and around Veringenstadt you can find several caves (Göpfelsteincave, Nikolauscave, Mühlberg-Cave, Anna-Kapellen-Cave). They were living spaces for the first human being, the Neanderthaler.
 

Mühlberghöhle, Veringenstadt

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Tropfstein

Kohlhaldenhöhle, Heroldstatt-Sontheim

The Kohlhaldencave, with a distance of only 100 m to the Sontheimer Cave, was not discovered until 1987. 
 

Kohlhaldenhöhle, Heroldstatt-Sontheim

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Hohler Fels, Schelklingen-Hütten

The Hohle Fels nearby Hütten is located in the compact limestone of the White Jurassic, just on the footslope of a steep face. The 5 m deep grot contains unique finds from the Upper paleolithic, and is mostly closed for the reason of excavation.

Hohler Fels, Schelklingen-Hütten

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Bärentalhöhle, Schelklingen

The bear valley is a dry valley a so called corroyo with steep rocks of the White Jura.

Bärentalhöhle, Schelklingen

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Barnberghöhle (Reiner Enkelmann)

Barnberg Cave, Neuffen

The cave is situated at the Neuffener pass road above the "Blue Rank" at the foot of the limestone rock.

Barnberg Cave, Neuffen

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Beggar man cave, Hayingen-Gundelfingen

Above a short steep slope east of the road through the Big Lauter and 300 m east of Castle Derneck the 6 m wide and 5 m high access opening to the beggar man cave.

Beggar man cave, Hayingen-Gundelfingen

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Große Scheuer am Rosenstein (Reiner Enkelmann)

Rosenstein-Höhlen, Heubach

More than 40 caves are known from the Rosenstein, a rock massif in the lower mass limestone of the Upper Jurassic above Heubach.

Rosenstein-Höhlen, Heubach

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