Enter Buchen’s underworld – the stalactite cave in the Eberstadt quarter of Buchen has been discovered by accident. On December 13th in 1971, in the course of a blasting in the lacustrine limestone quarry, a 1 metre high and 2 metres wide gap opened up.
Already the first careful explorations gave an indication of the breathtaking beauty of this natural monument, a unique occurrence in southern Germany. With its variety of forms, the Eberstadt stalactite cave has an unforgettable effect on every visitor.
The cave is easily accessible and with a little bit of assistance it can also be visited by walking-impaired persons and wheelchair users. On well-constructed tracks you can get from the parking space to the back end of the cave without a single step. The cave is 600 metres long and its width varies from 2.5 metres to 8 metres. Within the cave the temperature is at a constant 11 degrees Celsius and the humidity level is around 95%.
The age of the Eberstadt stalactite cave is thought to be between one and two million years. During this time all the forms of sinter formation on the walls or the cave floor have developed. This includes stalactites – dripstones hanging from the cave’s ceiling and stalagmites – dripstones growing upwards from the bottom of the cave.