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The hiding place of Barbarossa

On the southern slope of the Kyffhäuser Mountains you can find the "Barbarossa Cave". The cave was discovered in 1865, when miners got into the mountain in search of a copper mine. In fact, the legend says, as long as ravens fly over the hills, old emperor Barbarossa will keep on sleeping in this Cave.
Since nearly one century visitors have been attracted and fascinated by the unique beauty of the cave, by this darkness subterranean world plenty of wonders. But, what is that makes the Barbarossa Cave so fascinating? Its greatest attraction is the fold gypsum and the fur-like formation of the ceilings and walls which forms unique ornaments, typical of the older gypsum, developed in the Upper Permian Period.
In addition, these majestic creations are elsewhere accompanied by magnificent halls and dome-shaped vaults. With regard to its size, character, beauty and amount of geological information, the Barbarossa Cave is unsurpassed. The Cave is a further enrichment of the sights worth seeing in the Kyffhäuser Mountains Nature Park, which are full of many attractions of history and nature.
Further information and contact:
Geopark Barbarossahöhle
Mühlen 6
D-06567 Rottleben
Tel.: +49 (0) 34671 545-0
Fax: +49 (0) 34671 545-14