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  • Bärenhöhle - bear cave
    Bärenhöhle - bear cave
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  • Lichtenstein castle
    Lichtenstein castle
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  • Bärenhöhle
    Bärenhöhle
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    by himalia11 Written Sep 2, 2009

    When you visit the Bärenhöhle, you will actually visit two caves: the Bärenhöhle (discovered 1949 and names such as many bear bones have been found here) and the Karlshöhle (discovered 1834 and named after the crown prince Karl from Württemberg). Both are connected now.

    The cave is visited with a guided tour which was really good. Our guide made the tour interesting and also managed to entertain the group of kindergarten children that were with this tour. The cave has impressive formations of dripstones and we liked it more than the Nebelhöhle, although that one was interesting also. The walk through the cave was a pleasant walk with not much stairs, and we got enough time to enjoy the cave.
    The cave can be visit on a lenght of about 270m and the exit of the tour is a short walk from the entrance. You'll pass the amusement park Traumland on your way back, which is rather for younger children. In front of the cave entrance also is a kind of restaurant.

    Admission: adults 3 €, children (6-14 years) 2 €, students 2,50 €. Free parking.
    Open daily from April to sometime in October from 9:00 to 17:30,
    open March & November only Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00.

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    by himalia11 Updated Sep 2, 2009

    The Nebelhöhle, which means "mist cave", was discovered in 1517 but most of it only was discovered in 1920. This cave is mentioned in the novel "Lichtenstein" by Wilhelm Hauff, a famous fairy tale writer, as the duke Ulrich von Württemberg was using this cave as hiding place for some weeks in 1519. When you go through the cave you can visit a very small side cave which probably was the place he was hiding at. A narrow path leads to this part of the cave.

    You have to go lots of stairs down first, and then you can visit the interesting dripstones that are found all over the cave. About 450m of this cave can be visited. There are guided tours, and we had the choice to join a guided tour with a school class or visit it on our own. So we joined the guided tour until the pupils got on our nerves and then we discovered the rest on our own. If you join the guided tour, you still can spent some time visiting the cave on your own when you go back, as you'll have to take the same way back.

    Admission: adults 3 €, children (6-14 years) 2 €, students 2,50 €. Free parking.
    Open daily from April to sometime in October from 9:00 to 17:30, open March & November Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00.

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