Useful Information

Location: Kordel. South of Burg Ramstein in the forest.
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaCave House
Light: not necessary/bring torch
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The Klausenhöhle (Hermitage Cave) is a cleft cave with a typical pointed arch portal. The 10m long cave was obviously modified by man to create a cave house. According to legend it was inhabited by a hermit until the 18th century. Holes for wooden beams in both walls, some 2m above the ground are the last remain of a wooden floor which separated the cave int two levels. It is said the upper level was the safe sleeping place of the hermit, accessible only by a wooden ladder. The lower level has a niche with a round arch which was used for praying, it is decorated with an engraving showing a corona. Above is a gallery with a well-proportioned window, a natural hole in the outer wall of the cave which was sculpted. Around the window and on the outside wall are numerous primitive faces engraved. On the left side of the entrance portal an in a protruding rock pilar are more faces of any kind.

There are no written descriptions of the use of the cave as a hermitage, so little details of its history are known. Most stories about the cave are plain fantasy or legends. There is a story which tells the faces were used for exorcism. It appears at the end of World War II, when the local frequented the cave to hide there. So the cave became widely known and fantastic stories were told about it. There is another theory which explains them as Neidkopf, antics which were used to repell bad ghosts.

The name of the cave tells about its history, the German term Klause is derived from the Latin term claudere which translates to close. Something closed or concluded is in this case a place where a hermit, a monk or a nun, may live in solitude. This place was used as such an hermitage for centuries, by hermits who tried to follow St. Antonious in a simple and devotional life.