The “Frauenmauerhöhle” – an interesting cave
The cave is 644m long. It is located under the so-called “Frauenmauer”. The “Frauenmauer” is a mountain which is 1827 meters high. It is part of the “Hochschwab”- mountain.
An important feature of the cave is that it has two exits on both sides of the mountain. That means you are able to cross the whole mountain via the cave. The cave system is well explored (15 kilometers are explored). With an altitude difference of almost 600 meters, the “Frauenmauerhöhle” is one of the deepest caves in Austria.
The formation of the cave and the history of exploration
The cave was formed by snowmelt after the Ice Age. The snowmelt dissolved the lime stone and created submontane runoffs. Due to increased erosion the two entrances to the cave were created. The cave must be very young in terms of geology because there are not many stalactites and stalagmites in it.
Miners already found the cave in 1820. One century later miners removed the debris and were now able to enter the cave on both sides of the mountain. It is also known that Empress Elizabeth and archduchess Marie Valerie visited the cave on 14th September 1885.
Many adventurers who wanted to explore the cave have died in the labyrinth. It is very important and safe to have a guide on your side when exploring the cave. There is a cross in the cave which is supposed to remind cave explorers of three students which died in the cave in 1890 because they could not find the exit.
Near the “Frauenmauerhöhle” is another cave called “Langsteinhöhle”. This cave has been explored since the 1970s.
How to get there and how to get a guide
You can get there if you start to walk at the Präbichl. It will take you four hours to get to the cave. Or you can start at the so-called “Gsollkurve”, a turn on the B115. It will take you two hours to get to the cave. In summer you can use the chairlift to the “Polster”. This chairlift starts at the Präbichl. Using the lift will shorten your walking time to two hours.
|Guides that lead you through the cave are available to you on all Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 15th June to 15th September. If you want to explore the cave during the week you must arrange it.
East entrance: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
West entrance: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Kontact: Albert Gutjahr: 0664/9108777