|Image: the last chamber of the cave is also the biggest one.|
|Location:||10km south of Reutlingen, 3km NW Genkingen. Access from the road Genkingen-Schloß Lichtenstein-Großengstingen, turn left. (73,Kb58)|
MAR Sat, Sun, Hol 9-17.
APR to OCT daily 9-17:30.
NOV, Sat, Sun, Hol 9-17.
Adults EUR 4, Reduced EUR 3, Children (6-14) EUR 2.50, Children (0-5) free, Family (2+*) EUR 10.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 3, Children (6-14) EUR 2.
|Classification:||Karst cave, horizontal cave, Malm|
|Guided tours:||L=380m, D=30min, V=54,000/a , self guided tours.|
|Bibliography:||Wilhelm Hauff: Lichtenstein.|
Gemeinde Sonnenbühl, Hauptstraße 2, 72820 Sonnenbühl, Tel: +49-7128-925-0, Fax: +49-7128-92550.
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:53:37 $|
|1517||first part of the cave discovered on the vicinity of the village Genkingen.|
|04-AUG-1803||visited by the Kurfürst Friedrich I. von Württemberg.|
|1803||first developed by the Kurfürst Friedrich I. von Württemberg.|
|1920||discovery of new parts by Kopp and Rau.|
Since the first visit by the sovereign Kurfürst Friedrich I. von Württemberg in 1803, the traditional Nebelhöhlenfest (Fog Cave Festival) is celebrated on Whitmonday.
|Image: this stalagmite was cut off. The intersection show the interior of a stalagmite, numerous concentric layers with different colours.|
The Fog Cave is famous for its numerous formations. But unfortunately the early and numerous visits with torches as light source, produced a lot of grime, covering the formations. But since 1924, when the electric lighting was installed in the cave, the formations grow undisturbed and many of them have a bright surface again. The black grime underneath a thin cover of calcite gives the cave a strange look.
A huge stalagmite in the cave was cut and polished after World War II. The rock, which looks similar to marble, was used to make a wall cover in the Stuttgarter Schloß (Stuttgart Castle). The remaining trunk of the stalagmite has a plain surface, showing the inside of it. It looks like the rings of a tree, but this rings do not represent single years. They are formed by changes in the water supply and the content of iron oxide in water.
According to a legend, Herzog Ulrich von Württemberg used this cave as a hideout many years ago. In his 1826 published novel Lichtenstein, the author Wilhelm Hauff (*29.11.1802, +18.11.1827) mixes true historic facts and fiction producing a stirring adventure story.
Wilhelm Hauff published also a famous collection of fairy tales. His life and his importance for the area is shown in the Wilhelm-Hauff-Museum in nearby Lichtenstein-Honau (Sat, Sun, Hol 14-17 and after prior arrangement, Tel: +49-7129-4277).
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