Lurgrotte Caves is the
largest cave system in Austria. It is located 25 km North
of Graz. Lurgrotte Cave was officially
discovered by Max Italian Brunello on April 1st
in 1894. However first scientific exploration started with the mishap.
On April 29, 1895 seven cave explorers entered the underground
tunnels during a heavy rain. Rising water quickly trapped brave men
for nine days. The rescue effort organized by an Austrian Emperor
Franz Joseph gather over 1000 local residents and volunteers.
Trapped explorers were rescued alive, as several groups undertook trips inside the Lurgrotte Cave mapping about 5
km of systems
Lurgrotte Cave were explored again in February 1905
by the members of the Styrian Cave Club, section of the Austrian
Tourist Club. They re- discovered over 1000 meters of underground
Stalctatite and stalagmites cover floor and the roof of the
undergrounds. Largest dripstone in Lurgrotte Caves is 13 m (43 ft) tall
known as Gian (der Riese). You can get to the location via railway from Semriach.