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Riesenburg

Giants Castle


Useful Information

Image: ascent into the castle of the giants.
Location: A3 exit Höchstadt-Ost, A9 exit Pegnitz, A73 exit Forchheim-Süd. On the B470 to Behringersmühle, towards Waischenfeld up the Wisenttal (Wiesent valley). Parking at the road, signposted. (58,Mc50)
Open: no restrictions
Fee: free
Classification: ExplainKarst cave, cave ruin, dolomite.
Light: not necessary
Dimension: P: L=30m, B=12m, H=9m.
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Image: historic engraving.

History

1828 area developed as a rock labyrinth by the creation of paths and bridges, by order of Earl Erwin von Schönborn.
1902 description of the cave by Adalbert Neischel.
1902 pen-and.ink drawing of the cave by F. Bär.

Description

The name Riesenburg (Castle of Giants) is result of the impressive view up into the rocks of the former cave, when walking up to the cave. In former times the cave was also called Geißkirche (goat church) or Geißloch (goat hole). A massive cliff of dolomite is honeycombed with small caves, forming lookouts and natural bridges. The cave may also be interpreted as the cross section through a ExplainDoline, as it was formed by the collapse of a huge cavern.