Wendelstein Cave

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Wendelstein Cave


Location: Wendelstein massif , Germany
47 ° 42 '12 "  N , 12 ° 0' 47"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 42 '12 "  N , 12 ° 0' 47"  E
Wendelstein Cave (Bavaria)
Wendelstein Cave
Discovery: 1864
Show cave since: 1921
Lighting: electric
Overall length: 523 meters
Length of the show
cave area:
170 meters
Average annual number of visitors: 27,200 (2007-2011)
Current visitors: 34,098 (2011)
Website: official page

The Wendelstein Cave is a natural karst cave on the Wendelstein Mountain in the Upper Bavarian municipality of Brannenburg in the Rosenheim district in Bavaria .

It is located directly at the mountain station of the Wendelstein cog railway in the Wendelstein massif . The entrance to the cave is 1,711 meters above sea ​​level . This makes it the highest show cave in Germany. The cave was created as a karst cave in the massive Wetterstein limestone, which is strongly fissured by mountain formation. Of the total length of 523 meters, 170 meters are walked on during guided tours.

The Wendelstein cave is registered under geotope number 187H001.


The cave was discovered in 1864 by a resident of Bayrischzell . The first professional research took place in the autumn of 1882. In 1921 the cave was made accessible to visitors and provided with electrical lighting. The paths and walkways as well as the lighting were renewed after the Second World War. In 1962 an additional access tunnel was created that was not at risk of falling rocks. In 2010 the show cave was completely renovated. In the course of the “Inntaler Unterwelten” project, which was funded with EU funds, a network of four cave objects was created. The lighting was completely renewed and switched to LED. Paths and stairs as well as the platform in the natural entrance were repaired or renewed. Four information displays were installed in the cave, providing information on four topics, namely psychology, biology, geology and philosophy. You can walk through the cave independently without a guide.


The entrance to the cave, which is exposed due east, is often covered with old snow in summer. The corridors wind, sometimes wider, sometimes higher in a zigzag into the mountain and end for the visitor in the cathedral. In the rear section of the cave, where the cold air collects, there is an annual mean temperature of three degrees Celsius. The cave has insignificant sinter formations and has beautiful gorge profiles .

See also


  • Hans Binder, Anke Lutz, Hans Martin Lutz: Show caves in Germany . Edited by Aegis Verlag, Ulm 1993 ISBN 3-87005-040-3
  • Stephan Kempe A world full of secrets - caves. Series: HB Bildatlas special edition. Edited by HB Verlags- und Vertriebs-Gesellschaft, 1997 ISBN 3-616-06739-1
  • Hofmann, Peter: Ways in the Inntal - An anthropospelaeological excursion guide to the caves of the lower Inntal between Rosenheim and Kufstein. BOD-Verlag, Norderstedt, May 2005, ISBN 3-8334-2811-2 .
  • Stefan Glaser: Excursion to the Wendelstein Cave . DER SCHLAZ 102 , 2004, p. 14ff

Web links

References and comments

  1. Geotope: Wendelstein Cave (PDF; 133 kB)