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  • Carola K.

    The second largest and also one of the most famous caves in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Hickel cave is a wide layered joint cave that is very typical of Saxon Switzerland and is formed by rainwater. The cave is 14 meters deep and 45 meters wide.

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    • March 23, 2020

  • Torsten

    The Hickel Cave is the second largest cave in Saxon Switzerland and a popular destination for hikers.

    The cave is located in the Thorwald walls, above the Großer Zschands south of the Zeughaus, in the hallway of the Sebnitz district of Ottendorf. Together with the cowshed, it is one of the most famous caves in Saxon Switzerland. With a depth of 12 to 14 m and a width of 45 m, the Hickelhöhle is a very wide layered joint cavity, which is designed as a half-cavity. These layered joint cavities, which are typical of Saxon Switzerland, are caused by rainwater seeping in from above at water-impermeable intermediate layers, the so-called layered joints. These are due to the layered deposition of clayey components during the sand deposits in the Chalk Sea. The large bench structure of the sandstone in the area of the Thorwald walls has contributed to the size of the cave.

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    • September 23, 2019

  • Harzer-Bergwald de

    Giant rock overhang that forms a cave. Impressive place!

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    • April 24, 2017

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    Definitely worth a visit 😃

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    • June 8, 2020

  • Konrad

    This is one of the largest caves in the Elbsandsteingebiet

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    • October 16, 2017

  • tingeljane

    Wonderfully cool place for a break in the summer.

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    • April 27, 2018

  • Nobby63

    Imposing Abri without cradle, but a hugh rise is overcome

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    • August 24, 2018

  • Dietmar Schubert

    You pass the Hickelhöhle if you walk the Großer Zschand to the end and climb up the Hickelschlüchten.Link: webergrotte.de/stiegen/html/st_hickelschlucht_fotos.htm

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    • April 20, 2021

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Location: Hinterhermsdorf, Saxon Switzerland, Saxon Switzerland-East Ore Mountains, Saxony, Germany


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