Mountain Biking Highlight
In about half an hour tour through part of the more than 1200 meters long grotto, there is much to admire in the bizarre limestone world. If the key rotates in the lock of the old wooden door, so just before you the kingdom, in the former cave bear, sinister journeymen but also lucky knights like Friedrich IV driven by the Palatinate, the visitor has no idea what to expect him. But that changes fast. After a few meters, the eye has become accustomed to the dull light, throwing the special bulbs, which mainly illuminate the way, to the huge rock faces. Steep down a flight of stairs, into the bowels of the mountain in the forest near Krottensee. "What a tremendous miracle Mother Nature created here," he says, as you contemplate the seemingly rigid rock formations. A few millimeters a year, only a few centimeters in huge time decades, yet unerring and steady, grow the stalactites to a huge size and form the most spectacular shapes.
After many steps down into the belly of the mountain, sunlight flows through the darkness and breaks on the cave walls. The visitor has reached the huge Leissner Cathedral. 26 meters above is the wind hole, which was the original entrance to the cave and today only let in the sunlight. Fallen soldiers were thrown through this hole during the War of the Spanish Succession and from there Anna Maria Friedl fell down, who was found alive again after five days.
Driven by the curiosity and the fascination that emanates from this location, it continues through partly narrow and low passages, first to the eagle's grotto. As if he had flown directly into the wall and patiently waited for the fossilization to make him immortal, the enormous wings of an eagle perched on and in the rock.
And another surprise awaits the visitor. Maybe you should call the iceberg the heart of the cave giant. This stalactite is the largest in Germany with its enormous dimensions. At the exit itself, some skeletal remains testify to the former existence of the cave bear and the soldiers who found their earthly end in the Maximilian Grotto in 1703.
May 5, 2017
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