Cave Experience Centre Iberg Dripstone Cave, Bad Grund

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The Iberg Dripstone Cave is a public cave and geology museum in southern Lower Saxony near Bad Grund, Germany. It is located on the western edge of the Harz mountains in the 563m Iberg mountain at a height of above sea level in the chalk of an upper Devonian atoll reef. The actual dripstone cave is 123 metres long. With its 78m Captain Spatzier Gallery, the Yellow Climb and two other caverns, the total length of the cave is.Between 2006 and 2008, the cave was turned into a 'cave experience centre' with the three main themes of "Fascination Cave" "The oldest family in the world" and "A reef on a journey".HistoryThe cave was discovered in the 16th century by miners, who were looking for deposits of limonite or 'brown iron ore'. In 1524, the presence of caverns in the Iberg massif was mentioned for the first time. The first account in 1737 described a visit to the cave by a doctor, Franz Ernst Brückmann, on 30 March 1723. In 1874, paths and steps were laid out and the show cave was opened to the public with a viewable length of 220 metres. The entrance gallery, the Captain Spatzier Gallery (Hauptmann-Spatzier-Stollen), was built in 1910 and 1911. Electric lighting was added in 1912 and was extended in 1935.GeologyThe limestone mountain was originally a coral reef, formed about 385 million years ago on the spot where Madagascar lies today. it was subsequently moved to its present-day site as a result of tectonic plate movements over several hundred million years.
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  • Yes we had fun, even our kids, its a masive Dripstone Cave. Great to learn about the geological formation... Take a jacket its chilly with 9 degrees. Come early....  more »
  • This venue offers a museum and a tour of the cave! Proper shoes needed,as paths can be wet, slippery and steep. The cave looks stunning! You can have a drink or a bite to eat at the cafeteria of the.....  more »
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