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Fog Cave (Nebelhöhle)

Fog Cave- Nebelhöhle





Location: Swabian Alps  Map


Overall length: 813 meters





Description of the Fog Cave


Fog Cave (Nebelhöhle) or a Mist Cave is an underground system located in the Swabian Alps in the districts of Genkingen and Reutlingen. The total length of tunnels of the Fog Cave is 813 meters. The name of Fog Cave or Mist Cave is given due to the fact that evaporation from the cave seeped through crevices above ground crating an appearance of a mystical fog. Given the fact that it was coming from the underground it was quickly blamed on Hell, Satan and demons who somehow created this strange phenomena. Some people blamed it on ghosts and spirits.


Regardless of the views the Fog Cave was largely avoided by the locals due to its unflattering fame. Its most famous feature are numerous stalagmites and stalactites of different shape and size. Some of them have their names. The Fog Cave was apparently discovered accidentally in 1486 after a cave in opened parts of the hidden underground passages. Some suggested that the Fog Cave was used as a hiding place by Ulrich of Württemberg during his retreat from his enemies. In 1803 the cave entrance was extended for the visit of Frederick I of Wurttemberg. Additional wooden stairs were added for easier descent. Over 1000 candles lit up the place. The view was apparently very impressive so once a year the light were brought to the empty dark corridors of the Fog Cave or Nebelhöhle in German and hence the Nebelhöhlefest was born.













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