Terms of Use

The website showcaves.com is a private website maintained and operated by Jochen Duckeck.

Jochen Duckeck, Archivstr. 11, 90408 Nürnberg, Germany. E-mail: contact.

He is also the contact for all requests concerning § 55 Abs. 2 RStV, § 5 TMG or inquiries related to the GDPR.

  1. Privacy Policy:
    1. Accordung to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) companies and private website owners are required to do various things to protect personal data of visitors. However, the law does not apply to showcaves.com because we do not store any kind of personal data.
    2. showcaves.com is not a company, it is the private website of Jochen Duckeck and there is no flow of money connected with the website.
    3. showcaves.com does not have any online form, no data can be submitted, there is no contact form and no comment feature. If you want to tell us something you may use an email.
    4. showcaves.com does not store any kind of personal data.
    5. showcaves.com does not use cookies.
    6. showcaves.com does not use any kind of plugins (like social sites, statisctics, or advertising) which would allow third persons to track our visitors.
    7. Our webserver does not log your requests.
    8. We are listing institutions, not private persons, so addresses given by the respective operator are not personal data. We consider them the contact data of organizations, even if someone uses his private phone number or address. As soon as he publishes them they become official contact data. If by any way personal data is listed accidentally, we will delete it immediately after we are informed. Please send an email to: contact.
    9. All Email addresses published on showcaves.com are protected by JavaScript which makes them invisible for spammers. As far as we know this protection has not be breached so far, although this could be possible.
    10. Handling of personal data, which is sent by email:
      1. Emails sent to the contact. addresses are personal emails sent to Jochen Duckeck. It will be stored on various computers, backed up, and generally handled the same way any other email is handled.
      2. All information sent by email will be held confidential, as long as publication is not explicitly requested.
      3. All information sent by email will be used to improve the website, in general after further research.
      4. If necessary, information sent by email will be shared with others working on the website.
      5. We assume that this is the intention of the sender. By sending an email to the contact address the sender accepts those rules.
  2. Copyright:
    1. All photos, images and texts on this site which were produced by Jochen Duckeck are public domain or CC0. You can use them in any way you like.
    2. The "maps" on this site are just sketches for orientation, not maps in a geographic sense. Unless otherwise stated they are drawn by Jochen Duckeck and in the public domain. The information to draw them was collected from numerous sources, but primarly they are based on the maps of the WorldPerry-Castañeda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin, which are in the public domain. showcaves.com wants to thank them for this useful source of information.
    3. Several contents on showcaves.com are copyrighted by third parties. As showcaves.com is not the copyright owner, showcaves.com has no right to allow you the use of them. We can only make a contact if you ask.
    4. If you send texts and pictures by email: we can not use them unless you explicitly state that you are the copyright owner and that you allow us to use them on the website under the here defined terms.
    5. If copyrighted material is sent to us, we have no way to check if the sender is rightfully allowing us the publication. We can not even tell if he is who he says to be, as long as there is no way in the internet to securely identify people. But we do our best to make plausibility checks on any data provided this way.
  3. Accuracy:
    1. Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is correct, showcaves.com can not guarantee its accuracy. Any use of the information provided here, is on your own risk. showcaves.com will not be liable for any damage that occurs in connection with your use of this service.
      Some info, like open hours and entrance fees are subject to change without notice. The information given on this pages may only be used as a clue.
    2. If you find any errors, please send an email at contact. Such suggestions will be processed as soon as possible.
    3. This site is written by Jochen Duckeck. Despite the efforts to make them as neutral and unbiased as possible, they definitely represent the personal opinion of the author.
    4. There is no right for changes by owners, administrators or other involved persons. Although we are generally very grateful for information and incorporate it as soon as possible, there is no entitlement to it!
    5. showcaves.com will not be liable for delays in the addition of updates or changes. There is no assured response time.
  4. External Links:
    1. External links are all links leading to other web sites than showcaves.com. They are marked with a small earth symbol: World.
    2. showcaves.com has no possibility to ensure the content of pages that are not maintained by us. As links may not work in the future we can not guarantee that they work and we are not liable for broken links. And of course we can not guarantee the content of the pages, as this may be changed by the respective page owner.
    3. This site is linking only to related sites, about caves, mines, geology, and sometimes tourist sites.
    4. There is no guarantee for the inclusion of a link on showcaves.com, even if its content is related. The final decision on the inclusion of an external link is up to Jochen Duckeck.
    5. Please do not send unrelated links to showcaves.com, as the check costs a lot of time. showcaves.com is not interested in link exchange, as we are not interested in accidental visitors. Please refrain from sending such inquiries. Thank you!
  5. Environment Protection:
    1. A big request to all cave visitors: please be careful with nature and try not to destroy or harm anything! Caves are extremely fragile and precious natural monuments and habitats.
    2. The content of showcaves.com is limited to tourist destinations. This means, they are rather easy and safe to visit, if you obey the given advices.
    3. In most countries of the world, caves are natural monuments and protected by law. It is in general forbidden to make camp fires or use open light, like torches or candles. It is not allowed to destroy or even touch speleothems.
    4. Any cave animal nearly everywhere on the world is protected! In most countries bats are protected, do not disturb them or even take pictures.
    5. Even if there is a gap in this protection, please do not take advantage of it.
    6. Some not accessible caves are included for their importance and as a warning. showcaves.com tries to explain why they are closed.