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Bear Cave (Bärenhöhle)

Bear Cave



Location: Sonnenbühl, Swabian Alps  Map

Overall length: 292 meters

Temperature: 8- 10 C




Description of the Bear Cave

Bear Cave is located near Sonnenbühl, Swabian Alps in Germany. The total length of Bear Cave is 292 meters and most of it is accessible to the public. It gets its name from the remains of a cave bear those remains were found inside. The skeleton still remains inside connected by wires into life like stance. Besides cave bears archaeologists discovered remains of the cave lions, rhinos and other animals that stumbled here or were brought as a prey by the carnivore animals.


Bear Cave was rediscovered by a teacher Fauth in 1834 who walked in this area in search of medicinal herbs or so the story tells. His snuff box fell into a crevice that was later turned out to be a huge cave. Another re- discovery occurred in 1949 by Charles Bez who tracked several bats that flew inside the ground thus identifying the entrance site to underground cave system. Thus another name for the Bear Cave is a Charles Cave as it is sometimes called. However this is not the first time humans used this cave. In the medieval times bodies of the plague victims were thrown into the same crevice. Many of the unfortunate victims were re- buried, but few skeletons remained inside the Bear Cave to this day. They are visible underneath the glass.


The temperature inside Bear Cave is fairly cool and usually ranges between 8 and 10 C throughout the year. So take some warm clothes not to freeze yourself. You can take photos inside the cave, but avoid using flashes. Bear Cave had problems with the growing mosses and other primitive plants inside the cave. This is why the lights were switched to offer less light to growing photosynthesizing plants. Additionally they are turned off when there is no need for them.












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