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Höhlenwohnungen in Langenstein - (HWN)

Höhlenwohnungen in Langenstein - (HWN)

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  • Kathrin

    If you leave Halberstadt in the direction of Harz, you come across the picturesque village of Langenstein at the gates of the city. Here is a unique testimony to earlier living culture in Germany: the cave dwellings of Langenstein. Numerous dwellings were once carved into the soft sandstone by young farm workers' families. Some dwellings, it is believed, even date from the Germanic settlement period.

    Massive doors in the rock face, windows with white curtains and tiny gardens with kitchen herbs are still reminiscent of the life of their former residents. Sometimes it even seems as if a hobbit from a Tolkien novel is about to stumble in the door.

    The last troglodyte, as the cave dwellers were called, did not leave its unusual home until 1916. You can still visit the caves on Höhlenstrasse on Schäferberg and on Altenburg.

    halberstadt.de/de/hoehlenwohnungen-langenstein/die-hoehlenwohnungen-von-langenstein.html

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    • November 4, 2020

  • Alwin

    Welcome to Hobbiton🧝‍♂️🧝‍♀️ you can also let yourself be guided.

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    • January 15, 2020

  • Klausi

    The furnished cave dwellings can be visited.

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    • June 22, 2020

  • Beata B.

    • August 10, 2019

  • Manuuu

    The first two cave dwellings were built after the Altenburg was abandoned. Two existing caves in the area of the castle were converted into apartments. The first apartment existed here since 1787. In the period from 1855 to 1858, ten apartments were then carved into the sandstone rock on Schäferberg. There was a considerable housing shortage in Langenstein. Several young families from Langenstein and workers from the Goslar area urgently needed living space. A request from the village mayor in Hinze to the District Administrator Gustav von Gustedt to support the community in creating living space was rejected. The local council decided that the possibility of creating cave dwellings should be given. The cliffs were sold to those willing to build for eight groschen each.

    The work was carried out by the apartment hunters with hammer, pickaxe and chisel and took between two and five months. The small, approximately 30 m² apartments had similar layouts and each had a living room, bedroom, children's room and a pantry. Chimneys, under which originally brick stoves were located, lead up through the rock. The only building materials required were a door and a window. The dividing walls between the rooms were formed by standing rock. Only the front rooms had natural light. Gaps above the doors and chimneys should allow air to circulate, which should prevent mold and moisture from building up on the walls.


    Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Höhlenwohnungen_Langenstein

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    • June 5, 2018

  • Klausi

    They are beautifully prepared again.

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    • November 11, 2020

  • Klausi

    There is also plenty of inventory to see.

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    • April 18, 2021

  • audiocarsten

    These apartments were carved directly into the rock and lived in until around 1910!
    Five caves can be visited.
    They are unique in Germany. There is an association and there are also guided tours.

    hoehlenwohnungen-langenstein.de

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    • April 27, 2016

  • Kathrin

    If you leave Halberstadt in the direction of Harz, you come across the picturesque village of Langenstein at the gates of the city. Here is a unique testimony to earlier living culture in Germany: the cave dwellings of Langenstein. Numerous dwellings were once carved into the soft sandstone by young farm workers' families. Some dwellings, it is believed, even date from the Germanic settlement period.

    Massive doors in the rock face, windows with white curtains and tiny gardens with kitchen herbs are still reminiscent of the life of their former residents. Sometimes it even seems as if a hobbit from a Tolkien novel is about to stumble in the door.

    The last troglodyte, as the cave dwellers were called, did not leave its unusual home until 1916. You can still visit the caves on Höhlenstrasse on Schäferberg and on Altenburg.

    halberstadt.de/de/hoehlenwohnungen/hoehlenwohnungen.html

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    • October 18, 2020

  • Kathrin

    In 1856 there was a great housing shortage in the village. Apartment seekers were offered a piece of rock by the mayor, based on the model of the apartment on the Altenburg, in order to carve their own apartment out of the rock. That was a temporary solution. The last apartment was abandoned in 1912 after the last residents died in the cave.

    halberstadt.de/de/hoehlenwohnungen-altenburg/hoehlenwohnungen-altenburg.html

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    • October 19, 2020

  • Peter

    All apartments are worth a visit, it is very impressive what the people have done!

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    • June 22, 2020

  • Kathrin
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    • October 18, 2020

  • 🚍🏰🌲⛰️👻👑Marko Werner👑🦁🏞️💚🦉🥾🚆

    How simply they were set up. madness

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    • February 1, 2021

  • Auf dem Weg zum Harzer Wanderkaiser

    The Langensteiner cave dwellings are definitely worth a trip!

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    • March 28, 2021

  • Auf dem Weg zum Harzer Wanderkaiser

    The cave dwellings of Langenstein are definitely worth a trip. Children in particular can discover a lot here.

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    • March 28, 2021

  • Auf dem Weg zum Harzer Wanderkaiser

    Wonderful destination for families with children.

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    • March 28, 2021

  • Ben S

    Really worth seeing. 👌🏼

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    • July 11, 2021

  • Klaus

    Access from the oil mill pond is blocked, falling rocks.

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    • August 6, 2021

  • Olaf

    Rare cave dwellings with furnishings. The friends' association is happy to receive small donations.

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    • August 21, 2021

  • DaTo

    Old home decor - absolutely worth seeing

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    • October 3, 2021

  • 🚍🏰🌲⛰️👻👑Marko Werner👑🦁🏞️💚🦉🥾🚆

    Very interesting how they lived back then

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    • April 5, 2021

  • 🚍🏰🌲⛰️👻👑Marko Werner👑🦁🏞️💚🦉🥾🚆

    How you lived back then. Madness. You can’t imagine anymore.

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    • April 5, 2021

  • heute hier, morgen dort

    The cave dwellings of Langenstein

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    • May 10, 2018

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