Gouffre de Poudrey

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Location: 20 km from Besançon, follow RN 57 from Lausane.
Open: FEB daily 14, 15, 16.
MAR Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 14, 15, 16.
Winter holidays: daily 14, 15, 16.
APR daily 11, 14, 15, 16.
Easter holidays: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 11, 14, 15, 16.
MAY to JUN daily 10-12, 14:30-18.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30-18:15.
SEP Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun 10:30-11:15, 14:15-17.
OCT daily 14, 15, 16.
All Saints' holidays daily 14, 15, 16.
Fee: Adults EUR 7, Children (5-12) EUR 5, Students EUR 6.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 5.50, School Pupils EUR 3.50, Students EUR 4.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave Kimmeridge limestone (Jura, Malm).
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: VR=70 m. Largest hall: D=130 m, H=40 m.
Guided tours: D=45 min, T=7 °C, D=70 m, L=600 m.
Address: Maison des guides, Gouffre de Poudrey, F-25580 étalans, 3615 Martel, Tel: +33-381592257, Fax: +33-381592859
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Gouffre de Poudrey is a single chamber, which is the 10th largest chamber in the World, the largest in France. The huge hall has a flat ceiling which is formed of the massive limestone of the Kimmeridge. Single layers of this limestone correspond to huge, plain areas at the ceiling.

The cave tour includes a light show with laser and slide projection. It explains the history of the cave and tells a fairy tale about a girl who followed the devil into this cave.