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Location: On the summit of the Hochstein volcano near Bell.
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaRock Mine TopicGenoveva Caves
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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1790 first written mention.


The Genovevahöhle (Genoveva Cave) near Bell is a millstone quarry, near the summit of the Hochstein volcano. It is therefore a medieval quarry and cannot have been the place of the legend about Genoveva. At the time of the legend, this cavity did not even exist. Nevertheless, the legend persists. The underground quarry was originally called Hochsteinhöhle and was renamed only in the 19th century.

In the quarry the basalts of the volcano were mined in the form of millstones. Remains of broken millstones can still be found here today. But the quality of the rock was poor and so the mining was soon stopped.