Barbarossa Cave

Barbarossa Cave
Barbarossa Cave

The Barbarossa Cave

When miners accidentally discovered natural cave chambers in 1865 while searching for copper shale, they must have thought they had found it. For the name Barbarossa Cave quickly spread. Now something extraordinary happened for the time: the mine became a show cave, and the first visitors came just a few days after the discovery. Incidentally, admission cost 5 silbergroschen back then - as much as 15 eggs or a stick of butter.
Then as now, people are impressed by the magic of the Barbarossa Cave: a mysterious world with palatial halls, bizarre stone formations, "plaster paintings" and crystal-clear, blue-green shimmering lakes - on around 13. 000 m², visitors truly experience a palace worthy of an emperor, with Olympus, dance hall, Neptune's grotto, crystal ceiling, bacon chamber and cloudy sky.
As one of only two visitor caves in the world in anhydrite rock, the Barbarossa Cave is a geological rarity. The new information centre of the Kyffhäuser Geopark at the cave is expected to provide exciting insights into the history of the earth from spring 2020.

Opening Times:

April to October
from 10:00 am (first guided tour)
until 7:00pm (last guided tour)

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Expedition: Individual private tours for photographers

Expedition: Individual private tours for photographers

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. Individual guided tours, e.g. for photographers, are possible.
Expedition: Family-friendly guided tours

Expedition: Family-friendly guided tours

As a family "below ground"
Expedition: Scientific Tours

Expedition: Scientific Tours

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. Special guided tours in the fields of geology and mining, e.g. for students, are possible.
Expedition: Children's tours

Expedition: Children's tours

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. Be a miner yourself - that's what groups of children aged between age of 7 to 12 years.
Expedition: Old Mining Special

Expedition: Old Mining Special

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. A combination of sporting experience, adventure, mining and geology is offered by the "Old Mining Special" expedition.
Expedition: Old mining

Expedition: Old mining

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. For all those who want to experience, see and hear more about old mining in Mansfeld, than is possible in the usual guided tour, we recommend our old mining tour.
Expedition: The Alabaster Fleet

Expedition: The Alabaster Fleet

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. Go with us to your physical limits and experience an adventurous expedition through through the old mining industry of Mansfeld and the natural formations of the Southern Harz gypsum karst.
Expedition: The Marienglas Fleet

Expedition: The Marienglas Fleet

An expedition in the Röhrigschacht Wettelrode. A delightful mix of old mining and natural cave awaits you on our expedition into the Marienglasschlotte.
Sondershausen Adventure Mine

Sondershausen Adventure Mine

Crackling tension in the world's oldest accessible potash mine in Sondershausen.
Heimkehle

Heimkehle

Crystal-clear underground lakes and a hall over 22 metres high - the Great Dome - await visitors to Heimkehle Cave.

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