Nix Cave

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Location: 1 km from Frankenfels.
A1 exit Ybbs, B25 south through Scheibbs, Neubrück. Turn left on B28 up and then B39 down the valley to Frankenfels. Parking at the start of the village. 20 min walk from the parking lot uphill.
Open: MAY to JUN Sun, Hol 11, 13, 14:30, 16.
JUL to AUG Wed 14, Sun, Hol 11, 13, 14:30, 16.
SEP to 26-OCT Sun, Hol 11, 13, 14:30, 16.
MAR, APR, NOV weather depending. [1998]
Fee: Adults ATS 40, Children ATS 25. [1998]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave. Speleothemmoonmilk.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,410 m, VR=70 m, T=6 °C.
Guided tours: D=60 min., St=1,090, VR=70 m.
Address: Gemeinde Frankenfels, Tel: +43-2725-245, Fax: +43-2725-222.
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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1926 footpath provided.
1962 electric lighting installed.
1972 new passage, called Bärengang (Bears' passage) opened.


The name of the Nixhöhle tells about the most outstanding feature of this cave, although it is not easy to understand. The loacal dialect of German uses the word Nix to name a certain white, soft rock. And this rock is rather common in the cave, so it was named Nix cave. This nix is today known under a different name, in German Mondmilch, in English moonmilk.

The Nixhöhle lies at the hillside, above the valley and the village of Frankenfels. On the upper end of the village is a big car park and on the other side of the road a trail leads up the hill to the cave entrance. This path is a Waldlehrpfad (forest trail), which means there are numerous boards explaining the trees, plants and animals of the forest.

The cave is entered through a sort of entrance shaft. Iron stairs lead steep down from the ticket office into a wry passage. This first part open and may be visited outside the open hours. And it is so romantic, it is definitely worth a visit. In winter this sack like cavity catches cold air and contains ice "dripstones". The lower part and the cave entrance are then covered by ice. Thats the reason, why the open hours in spring and autumn depend on the weather.

The cave itself are three passages in different direction. First the tour visits a side passage with a huge hall at the end. At this place the cave has several leads. The next passage leads down to the deepest point of the tour. The last passage leads back upward towards the surface. This part has most of the speleothems.

This cave was visited by cave bears, during the exploration bones were found. Some of this bones are shown at the start of the tour, at the ticket office.

As already mentioned, the cave seems to be a bit wry. All passages have a slope of 30 to 45°, even the chambers are so. Thats why the path goes up or down most of the time.

Although this cave is well developed and has electric light, the steps are hewn out of the rock and rather irregular sometimes. And there are many steps, 1,090 all together, and the tour includes a height difference of 70 m, which is a bit strenuous. Visitors should definitely wear good shoes and be fit enough for the height difference. Then this cave is an impressive adventure.