The dripstone caves in Rübeland

The entrance to the Baumann's Cave  
The entrance to the Baumann's Cave (Baumannshöhle)  
The two dripstone caves "Baumannshöhle" (Baumann's Cave) and "Hermannshöhle" (Hermann's Cave) are the biggest attractions of the small village Rübeland at the State Road 27. Over the period of several hundred thousand years, many caused by scale deposits and very large dripstones have formed in these caves. The caves are also home to rare and interesting creatures like bats and olm. In the Baumann's cave was also found bones of bears and various utility articles of Stone Age people. The visit of the two caves is very worthwhile and impressive.

The Baumann's Cave was already been known to prehistoric times. Around since the end of the 30-Years-War they can be visited in context of guided cave tours. The biggest cavity is named after famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Mr. von Goethe visited the Baumann's Cave several times. In this cave there is also a small underground lake and a natural stage, which is used regularly.

The other important dripstone cave in Rübeland is the Hermann's Cave. She became discovered in 1866. This cave is significantly larger than the Baumann's Cave in their dimensions. Through the Hermann's Cave flows a caves-creek. This is a subterranean tributary of the major river Bode. Special attractions in the Hermanns Cave are an artificial lake with Olmen, the "crystal chamber" and the 8000-year-old pillar.

Of both the Hermann's Cave as well as the Baumann's Cave can only be visited on a guided tour. For security reasons, an individual exploration is not possible. Depending on the number of interested visitors a new tour starts approximately every half hour. The tour of one of the caves takes about 50 minutes.

Both caves are open year round. The opening times are slightly different depending on the season. Please be aware that no animals may be taken into the caves. Likewise all photography and filming are not allowed. The dripstone caves in Rübeland are natural caves. Therefore, the floor is uneven and not suitable for wheelchair users or people who can going badly.

There are even more dripstone caves in Rübeland. But these are not accessible to tourists. The most important of these are the "Biel's Cave" and the "Schmiedeknecht Cave". Front of more than 200 years, the cavity Biel's Cave was a big attraction for visitors. Unfortunately the then owners of the cave have gradually sawed off the existing dripstones, in order to sell as a souvenir. Thus, this cavity was now robbed of their beauty and is not more accessible to visitors.

The "Schmiedeknecht Cave" was discovered only in the first half of the 20th century. There you find the biggest currently known dripstone of the Harz. He has a circumference of about 3 meters and a height of 3.25 meters. A tourist development of this cave is not planned at this time.


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