The Buchenlochhöhle is an approximately 30 meter long, publicly accessible cave. During excavations in the 19th century, tools and animal bones from the Ice Age were found. You should have a flashlight with you to explore the cave, as there is no artificial light inside.
October 9, 2016
The cave was frequented by animals long ago, cave bears and woolly rhinos have been found. As isolated finds show, the cave was probably also visited by people since the Neolithic Age.
On the other hand, there is certain evidence of its use during the Second World War, when the cave was used as a refuge by the Gerolstein population.
November 21, 2020
The approx. 30 meter long and 4 meter wide beech hole cave has been under nature protection since 1938. The cave is freely accessible, but should not be entered between October 1st and March 31st so that the bats living here are not disturbed in their hibernation.
November 21, 2020
To the north of Gerolstein is the remarkable karst cave Buchenloch, which is located in the dolomite massif of the Munterley.
In addition to the remains of Ice Age mammals, evidence of the use of the cave by Paleolithic humans - the Neanderthals - was found here. The stone tools found could be assigned to this time. The animal bones found indicate mammoths, cave bears, wild horses and reindeer as their prey.
The archaeological finds are in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, some are in the Museum Villa Sarabodis in Gerolstein.
The cave is about 30 meters long and 4 meters wide and is about 2.4 meters high. You can see the formation of limestone and stalactite, which is triggered by seepage water, which dissolves the rock components calcite and dolomite.
The cave is open to the public and can be reached via the Gerolsteiner Felsenpfad.
See also: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchenloch
December 20, 2020
Beautiful hiking trails and good signage as well as shady paths (some of which are also across beautiful meadows) put you in the right mood for hiking.
If you want, you can also walk through to the castle. The signs fit.
The cave can be viewed and the boards complement each other for explaining the history of the earth.
However, it is not a beauty.
June 8, 2019
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