|Location:||In the city Meiningen. Parking at Am Mittleren Graben and Neu-Ulmer Straße.|
MAY-SEP daily 10-18, last tour 17.
OCT-APR daily 10-16, last tour 15.
Children under 6 not allowed.
|Classification:||Tectonic Cave, Fissure cave, lower Muschelkalk.|
|Guided tours:||L=450m, VR=40m, V=15,000/a .|
|Bibliography:||Anon (2001): Goetz-Höhle Meiningen, Thüringer Landesanstalt für Geologie, Weimar, 2001, ISBN 3-9806811-2-2. Erhältlich von der Tourist-Information Meiningen.|
Goetz-Höhle, Goetz-Höhlen-Verein Meiningen e.V., Am Dietrich, 98617 Meiningen, Tel: +49-3693-503484, Fax: +49-3693-502518.
Information and bookings: Tourist-Information Meiningen, Bernhardstraße 6, D-98617 Meiningen, Tel: +49-3693-44650 Fax: +49-3693-446544. E-mail:
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|1915||discovered by the merchant Reinhold Goetz from Meiningen during works in his garden.|
|1922||first explored by the Thüringer Höhlenverein (Cave Club Thüringen).|
|1925||Reinhold Goetz died.|
|1920er||remains of bison, bear and wild horses discovered.|
|1932||start of development.|
|1956||protect as a Bodendenkmal (natural monument).|
|1996||Verein Goetz-Höhle Meiningen e.V. founded.|
|22-APR-2000||electric light and reopened.|
The Goetz-Höhle (Goetz's Cave) was discovered on the premises of the factory owner Reinhold Goetz and named after him. The owner was so imressed by the cave, that he tried to develop it as a show cave, but he died after a few years. His widow developed the cave later in an intensive two year development.
The big specialty of this cave is its origin, it is a really rare fissure cave. They are rather rare, especially in this size, and so this cave is the only fissure cave in Europe which is open to the public. Three parallel crevices are connected by tunnels. The biggest crevice is up to 2m wide and 50m high.
Several hundred meters of adit and nine stairs with 150 steps connect numerous crevices in three different levels and a horizontal rage of 40m This gives an idea how difficult the development wors were. During the works 7,000m³ of debris were removed from the cave. And during this works numerous stone age artifacts and remains of postglacial animals were found.