Entrische Kirche

The Eerie Church

Useful Information

Location: The cave is in the Gasteiner Klamm in the Gastein Valley. From the parking lot of the railroad station Klammstein, near the Bundesstraße (highway) you walk about 40 min.
Open: Whitsunday-JUN Tue-Sun 11-15.
JUL-AUG daily 15-17, tours on the hour. SEP-OCT Tue-Sun 11-15.
Fee: Adults EUR 7, Children (-15) EUR 4.50. Groups (15+): Adults EUR 6.50, Children (-15) EUR 3.80.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: A=1,040 m asl, T=6 °C.
Guided tours: Normal tour every hour, 50 min.
Special tour, only with climbing boots, gloves, protective clothing and a helmet, 6 hours.
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Photography: allowed
Accessibility: definitely not, steep trail
Address: R. Erlmooser, Unternberg 32, A-5632 Dorfgastein, Tel: +43-6433-7695, +43-664-9861347, Fax +43-6416-59924.
Verkehrsverein (tourist information), A-5632 Dorfgastein
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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1428 first reports about the cave.
16th century served as a meeting and hiding place for the Protestant community.
1920 explored by Martin Mell to a depth of 50 m.
1930 declared a natural monument.
1962 Richard Erlmoser, discovered another level of the cave.
1991 radionic measurements in the cave.


This cave is known for a very long time. In the 16th and 18th century it was used as a hiding place by Protestants, which feared repression and persecution from their Catholic compatriots.

In 1962, the current lessee, Richard Erlmoser, discovered another level of the cave (the first floor) and found prehistoric relics of human and animals (bears). On the normal tour you will see this lower level with large halls and domes. The track will lead to a small brook. The second level of the cave, about 180 m higher, can be visited with special tours.

People have repeatedly reported that a single visit to the cave has healed different aches and diseases! In 1991 a radionic measurement showed, that the cave has a high level of Natural Earth Energy: 22,800 to 32,000 Bovis-units were measured. This scale goes from zero to infinite, a neutral value would be 6,500 Bovis units, higher values are life supporting. It is named after a French researcher, and measures Bio Photon Activating Energy Units. The value in this cave is twice as high as in Lourdes, the famous pilgrimage destination.

You can even use the cave as an energy filling station by sitting on a wooden bench, which the cave onwer errected after the scientific proof. The bench was built without nails, because iron would disturb the natural energy field. Bring your exhausted healing stones or luck stones, they will be recharged by the field. This is the place to meditate, find your center, make decisions, or heal any unhealable disease. You can spend an hour at this place, daily after the last tour, reservation mandatory.

Even if you really believe in this pseudoscientific nonsense, you should definitely wear long johns as this cave is despite all the tiny bovises pretty cold.