The Falkensteiner cave is with about 5 km one of the longest caves of the Swabian Alb. The starting point for visiting this cave is the car park with emergency telephone on a sharp bend of the state road L211 between Grabenstetten and Bad Urach. From there it is still about 300 m walk along the Elsach, which springs from the Falkensteiner cave until you reach the imposing cave portal. The entrance alone is worth a visit. Since the Falkensteiner cave is an active water-bearing cave, a visit requires special equipment. The water level in the cave can rise very quickly due to the weather conditions (snowmelt, heavy rain). It is therefore essential to take into account the weather situation before driving.
February 5, 2017
The cave portal was known from time immemorial. Since one dared not for a long time into this dark gull, legends and stories from earlier times entwine around this cave. In the 18th century it was thought that gold would be found in this cave, and it was a true gold rush. Before the first siphon (= water touches the cave ceiling), 400 m away from the entrance, was for about 100 years repeatedly peppered with gold. In the fifties of the last century, the active exploration of this cave began. Until 1977 the driveable end of the cave was at the Eisele Crevasse, 2,750 m from the entrance. After coping with this fall, the researchers were able to reach another 750 m into the cave up to the fifth siphon. Up to this point the cave, which is traversed by a stream, can usually be walked on upright. This is followed by further Siphone, which are reserved for the few experienced cave divers. Detailed information is available from the ARGE Höhle and Karst Grabenstetten e.V., which organizes information days at the Rastplatz at the Falkensteiner Höhle on weekends in the summer months
February 5, 2017
Not only the entrance portal of the Falkensteiner cave is imposing. But also their inner: Up to 3500m you can penetrate without diving equipment in it. Dripstones alternate with small halls and lakes, every few meters the picture of the cave changes completely. However, you need special equipment, such as a wetsuit and a knowledgeable guide, but this cave holds many dangers. Also you should pay attention to a small group on a tour in the Falkensteiner cave. Good providers are for example: cojote-outdoor.de
March 14, 2017
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