Gasselhöhle - Gasseltropfsteinhöhle - Gaßltropfsteinhöhle

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Location: Gasslkogl, Ebensee.
By car to Rindbach near Ebensee, the cave is located on the east slope of the Gasslkogl. There are various walking trails and forest roads anlong the Rindbach valley and the way to the cave is signposted. The official website offers GPS coordinates and track data to the cave. The walk to the cave takes 2.5 hours (uphill). There is also a shuttle bus which starts at the train station Ebensee Landungsplatz and takes 30 min one way, after appointment only. The Gassltropfsteinhöhle hut (1,200 m asl) is located at the cave entrance and offers shelter, food, and beverages.
(47.823056, 13.842778)
Open: MAY to mid-SEP Sat, Sun, Hol 9-16.
Fee: Adults EUR 9, Children (6-14) EUR 5, Children (0-5) free, ÖAV Members EUR 8, Cavers EUR 8, Salzkammergut-Card EUR 6, Bad Ischl Gästekarte EUR 6.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 8.
Shuttlebus: Adults EUR 14, Children (0-14) EUR 7.
Combo Cave and Shuttle: Adults EUR 20.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System with generator
Dimension: A=1,225 m asl., L=6,000 m, VR=150 m, T=6.5 °C.
Guided tours: D=50 min., L=250 m. V=2,300/a [1973-1993]. V=1,600/a [2018]
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: not wheelchair accessible, many stairs.
Bibliography: Dr. Dietmar Kuffner: Die Gassel-Tropfsteinhöhle, 59pp, 48 fig, EUR 2.50 (Deutsch - German)
Johannes Mattes (2012): Von Industriearbeitern, Soldaten und Höhlentouristen - Forschungsgeschichte und Beschreibung der Gassel-Tropfsteinhöhle bei Ebensee (Oberösterreich), Mitteilungen des Verbands der Deutschen Höhlen- und Karstforscher e.V.. 58, 2/2012, S. 40-48. (Deutsch - German) Bookdownload pdf
Address: Verein für Höhlenkunde Ebensee, Obmann: Dr. Dietmar Kuffner, Reindlmühl 48, 4814 Neukirchen, Tel: +43-680-1127544. E-mail: contact
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16-JUN-1918 first exploration of the cave by four men from Ebensee: Franz Pergar, Emil Hofinger, Johann Pollanschütz and Johann Reinbacher.
1924 a big expedition with eight members first descended into the 90 m deep Pergarshaft.
192? first attempts to develop the cave for the public.
08-JUL-1931 declared a Naturdenkmal (natural monument) because of its special character and scientific significance.
06-AUG-1933 official inauguration of the show cave, Verein für Höhlenkunde Ebensee founded to maintain the cave.
1939 cave closed because of World War II.
1947 cave reopened.
1963 cave closed.
1973 reopened after major restoration of the tour path.
1978 electric light.
02-NOV-1984 discoveries by Klaus Hüttner and Bill Eidson.
1986 biggest cave pearls of Austria discovered.
30-MAY-1987 Halle der Exzentriker (Helictites Chambers) discovered.
31-MAR-2007 Peter Fink, Dietmar Kuffner, Johannes Mattes, and Christian Schasching discover the Sintervulkanhalle (Sinter Volcano Chamber).
2007-2013 explorations by Johannes Mattes and Christian Schasching.


The Gassel-Tropfsteinhöhle is located inside the Gasselkogel, a mountain near Ebensee. A cave visit takes a whole day, as it is necessary to walk to the cave. From the village Rindbach the ascent along the Rindbach valley takes about two hours. The tour is picturesque and includes a visit of the Rindbach waterfall. A hut called Gasselhütte, right at the cave, is a nice place for a meal and a beautiful view. And it is necessary to rest after nearly 800 m ascend.

For the lazy: in the summer months a shuttle bus shortens the walk to mere 30 minutes. It starts at Ebensee with a stop at Rindbach and it is necessary to prebook.

This cave is famous for its speleothems. Beneath normal stalactites and stalagmites, there are cave coral, helictites and rare cave pearls. Thousands of cave pearls in the Dome of Pearls have a diameter of 3 to 10 mm. There are also seven very big pearls, with the biggest one having a diameter of 38 mm. This is one of the biggest cave pearls ever found in Austria. Unfortunately for the visitor, fortunately for the speleothems: the most extraordinary speleothems are in the so-called new part which is not open to the public.

In the entrance region many bones were found, including the complete skeleton of a cave bear (Ursus spelaeusExplain).

The cave consists of a series of halls and clefts which are unusually rich with speleothems. From the Entrance Hall one descends to the Bone Shaft and from there via the High Cleft to the so-called Pulpit Hall which offers an impressive view down into the abyss of the Pergar Hall and the Leopold Dome, a lower level of the cave which is not accessible.

Refreshments and accommodation are available at the hut when the cave is open.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.