Kesslerloch


Useful Information

Location: Thayngen, near Schaffhausen.
(47.745340116756694, 8.693085260323597)
Open: No restrictions.
[2021]
Fee: free.
[2021]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light:  
Dimension: Ar=200m².
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:  
Address: Schaffhauserland Tourismus, Vordergasse 73, 8200 Schaffhausen, Tel: +41-52-632-40-20. E-mail:
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History

1902 placed under state protection.

Description

The Kesslerloch is one of the most important archaeological sites of the late Ice Age in Europe. The site was once used as a meeting place by hunting groups during the summer months, which was the hunting season. Archaeological remains of visits during the Upper Palaeolithic Age or Magdalenian, 14,000 – 12,000 BC, were excavated. The remains are exhibited in the museum at Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen.

Later the cave was frequented travelling people, gypsies and tinkers, who used the cave as a dwelling for one night. That's how the cave got its name, Kessler is the local dialect name for a man who repairs kettles, one of the typical professions for travelling people.

The cave has a huge portal and a single chamber which has 200m². It is located in the town Thayingen, north of Schaffhausen. When you drive from Thaying towards Schaffhausen on B15, turn left towards E54, after 50m is a parking lot on the left side. Its only a 5 minute walk.

Nearby is also another cave, which is much smaller, named Kleine Höhle Verrucano. Its only 50m away but unfortunately there are railroad tracks and the State Highway inbetween. Its better to drive to the end of Rietstraße and take the paved single lane track, 100m/5min to the cave.