Cavernes préhistoriques de l'Abîme

Useful Information

Location: In Couvin.
Open: JAN closed.
APR to JUN Sat, Sun, Hol 10:30-12, 13:30-18.
JUL to AUG daily 10-12, 13:30-18.
SEP Sat, Sun, Hol 10:30-12, 13:30-18.
Other times for groups after appointment.
Fee: Adults EUR 5.50, Children (4-12) EUR 3.50. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 4.50, Children (4-12) EUR 2,50.
Combined ticket with Abime: Adults EUR 12, Children (4-12) EUR 7. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 10, Children (4-12) EUR 6.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=45 min.
Address: Cavernes préhistoriques de l'Abîme, Rue de la Falaise, 5660 Couvin, Tel: +32-60-311954, Fax: +32-60-399771. E-mail: contact
Holding des Fagnes sprl, Route de l'Adugeoir, 5660 Petigny, Tel: +32-71558811, Fax: +32-71596322.
Didier Dufrane, Cell: +32-475-484331. E-mail: contact
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1985 milk tooth of an Neandertal child found.


The name Abime says it: it is not a real cave, it is a so called abri, a shelter below a cliff face. This kind of shelters were preferred by prehistoric man, as they provide shelter against bad weather, but they are well lighted by daylight, which "real" caves are not. This Abime was shelter to Neandertal Man.

The upper shelter is large enough to host an exhibition about the Stone Age containing typical artefacts and fauna of the paleolithic. There are remains of mammoth and bear, and a milk tooth of an Neandertal child, which was found on site in 1985. Notable is also the view on Eau Noire Valley and Couvin from this place. The lower cave is used for a sound and light show.