The Hohle Fels in the Achtal near Schelklingen is one of the largest hall caves in the Swabian Alb. Excavations are still taking place in the Hohle Fels. Probably the most important find is the "Venus vom Hohle Fels" - the oldest figure of a woman as well as the oldest figurative representation of a human being.
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Public tours are held every Saturday from May to October. Start: 11:45 am.
In addition, the public tour is also offered on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. during the Whitsun and summer vacations in Baden-Württemberg and on Sundays at 11:45 a.m. during the summer vacations only. These tours are only offered in german.
Private guided tours in english can be requested through the Tourist Information Schelklingen: email@example.com.
Duration of the guided tour: approx. 1h
For the season opening on 1.5.2023 and on UNESCO World Heritage Day 4.6.2023, public guided tours are offered every hour. Entry without a guided tour is not possible on these days.
On 10.9.2023, free short guided tours will take place in the Hohle Fels as part of "Tag des offenen Denkmals" (Heritage Day). On this day, an english guided tour will be offered at 1 pm. Entry without a guided tour is not possible on this day.
In winter, it generally remains closed to protect the hibernating bats.
The archaeological layers reach down from the younger Paleolithic Age to the time of the Neanderthals more than 50,000 years ago. People lived mainly in the entrance area of the cave.
Archaeological excavations prove that Ice Age animals and humans lived and inhabited caves in the same time periods. Objects of daily use, weapons, jewelry and art objects including a horse head, a water bird and the "Little Lion Man", all of which have an age of 35,000 - 40,000 years, were found here.