Speleology Museum Dechenhöhle Caves
A visit to the adventure-oriented museum completes and heightens the tour of the caves.
Numerous graphics and exhibits illustrate the evolutionary history of the Dechenhöhle caves. Furthermore, the significance of caves for humans since the Stone Age and modern speleogy is show in detail. The main attraction is a reproduction of a cave bear dating back to the Ice Age which is unique in Europe.
For both children and specially interested adults!
Here is a summary of the subjects:
- fascinating images of the cave world
- plans and photos of the biggest and deepest caves of the Earth
- descriptive graphics around the question: "How do caves develop?"
- graphic about the cave regions in Germany
Archives of the history of the Earth
- exhibition of saurian relics - originals and replica
For example reproductions of an Iguanodon and a deinonychus
- The Dechenhöhle like the majority of today's caves evolved during the warm phases of the Ice Age. A graph about the climate shows the changes of warm and cold periods.
- Also the dripstones predominately evolved in a warm humid climate. Compounds from the cave ground show the varied sedimentation depending on climate and concluded fossile relics of animals.
- centrepiece of the exhibited bone remains:
skeleton of a cave bear baby and skull of a forest rhinoceros
- The Cave Bear is a permanent resident!
- Children can creep through a "bear cave" and produce a "bear print"
- reproduction of a cave lion
Humans in the underworld
- profile of cultural history - famous cave-paintings in the South of France and North of Spain:
an extract of the most important drawings is shown on a wall area of over five metres long.
- Dragon's lair
- Robber's den with treasure chest and relics of an old counterfeited coins factory.
- aquarium with blind cave fish from Mexico
- descriptive information about olms (cave dwelling salamanders) and bats
Into the Unknown
- "How are caves explored and discovered today?" - answers in cave research room
The tour through the museum ends with the statement of the cave guide: "If you go into a cave, do not carry anthing with you, do not leave anything, do not destroy anything and do not kill anything".
Films and changing exhibitions deliver an exciting insight into the world of caves. School classes can further their knowledge by doing experiments and laboratory tests in a special room.
Further information regarding the Dechenhöhle and the museum as for example opening hours and admission price can be found under www.dechenhoehle.de.