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Eisensteinstollen


Useful Information

Image: the entrance.
Location: Bad Grund.
Open: MAR to OCT daily. [2007]
Fee: Per Person per day: up to 3 days EUR 14.50, up to 10 days EUR 12.50, more than 10 days EUR 9.50.
[2007]
Classification:  Iron Mine  Karst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: L=6,000m, T=7-9°C.
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Address: Tourist-Zentrum e.V., Bad Grund, Tel: +49-5327-700710. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:53:17 $

History

 
1869mining of iron ores.
1989use for spelaeotherapy.

Geology

The Eisensteinstollen is located in the limestone of the Iberg. This limestone is a former coral reef, which grew here during the Devonian. Intrusions of iron carbonates were weathered by the groundwater and converted into limonite, an iron ore. The chemical reaction produced carbon dioxide, which intensified karstification. The tunnel is the entrance to a huge cave system of up about 6km length, which is accessible only to cavers.


Description

Image: speleotherapy.
Image: far end of the tunnel.

The Eisensteinstollen (Iron ore tunnel) is a former iron mine, located above the village Bad Grund at the slope of the Iberg. The iron ore is connected with the iron ore mined in the  Iberger Tropfsteinhöhle higher uphill. The mine is used exclusively for speleotherapy, there are no guided tours.

After entering the tunnel ther is a lock, intended to reduce the air exchange with the outside. After 80m the therapy zone is reached. About 50m long and three to four meters wide it offers room for about 50 patients.


See also


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