Aiming high and deep down

Saturday, 13.07.2013

Summer has finally arrived in Germany, it has lasted taken long enough. Gasoline prices are still just below the pain threshold and so we can actually even climb on the weekends back in the car and do something.

For this weekend, the second part of the Swabian Alb tour was planned. This includes the Fog Cave in Sonnenbühl (B), where one also finds the previously visited Bear Cave, after that it goes into just 10km distant Castle Lichtenstein (C). Then on to Castle Hohenzollern (D). The end of the day we made wasthe Wimsener underwater cave (E). The deep cave, called on the cover as (F), we have not done in time.



The Fog Cave

The Fog Cave is a limestone cave in the Swabian Alb in Baden- Württemberg . It is located on the municipalities of Sonnenbühl ( district Genkingen ) and Lichtenstein in the district of Reutlingen .

The Fog Cave is located in the White Jura Delta under a knoll near the Albtrauf . The currently known total length is 813 meters , of which 450 meters are accessible to visitors. The sole of the cave is about 780 meters above sea level.

The Fog Cave has impressive large transition cross sections. It is a very old cave , which is evident from the fact that the dry valleys of the area are lower than the cave. In the low parts of the cave you will notice numerous cover scours . Next weathered walls with chalky surface are to see (up to an inch deep) . In some halls are encountered tremendous lintel blocks. Particularly impressive is a huge block on the corridor. In the center of the hall are funnel- like hollow lined up.

The Fog Cave has especially magnificent floor speleothems , especially the second hall , which can be reached by a regular stalactite forest , where a man-high stalagmite in the way in the middle . Below fireplaces are found sporadically sinter cascades . [Source : Wikipedia]

The Fog Cave is easily accessible by car and the entrance fee is only 4.- € per nose, also moderate. The cave is freely accessible or alternatively with a guide, while one may enter the bear cave only with a guide .

Once again, the advantage turns out that if one is small. Lyra at least did not have to worry

somewhere to push the head.

Speleothems directly on the footpath. Several of them are scattered throughout the cave.

Lyra had fun in the cave.

Then it was time to go out again. We both were very hungry and have brought us directly adjacent Maultasche Restaurant for serving two regular Swabian Wan Tan. At the conclusion of this Sightseeinpoint a short video.



Castle Lichtenstein

Castle Lichtenstein, also known as " fairy-tale castle of Württemberg ", is a built in the style of historicism castle of the 19th Century on the Town of Honau , community Lichtenstein, in the district of Reutlingen in Baden- Württemberg . The castle is situated on the escarpment of the Swabian Alb at an altitude of 817 m above sea level above the valley of Echaz that arises as a small tributary of the Neckar about 250 meters deep in the valley. About 500 meters southeast of the castle are the remains of the medieval castle ruins Alt- Lichtenstein ( age Lichtenstein ) . [Source : Wikipedia]

This is now the second point of our day tour. Surprisingly, it was from here Lyra started asking me history questions. Her interest I really liked , but I was able to answer her questions just limited. I vowed improvement . Even here at the castle , you can decide just to walk around in the yard and there to take pictures ( 2 - € entrance fee) or a guide to make the interior of the castle, which begins at the drawbridge ( 6 - € entrance fee) .

The entrance of the castle. Right behind the door is the cash register, the gift shop and ice cream shop .... all in one small room.

The most striking building of the castle is the tower, which seems somehow newer than the castle itself.

This is one of the outbuildings in the castle garden.

Another opposite building.

The coat of arms at the castle entrance.

Lyra on the drawbridge.

The castle in its full glory.

Last but not least, a short video clip.



Castle Hohenzollern

The Hohenzollern Castle is the family seat of the princely family and formerly reigning German Imperial House of Hohenzollern. It is located in Baden-Württemberg, between the towns of Hechingen and Bisingen, whose district it belongs rooms. The castle is situated on the summit 855 meters high, isolated, prominent mountain peak of Hohenzollern, popularly known today, the Zoller mountain or referred to in the short form Zoller (s). The name derives from Söller, which means as much as height. He is preceded by a witness mountain, the escarpment of the Swabian Alb and is eponymous for the geographical region: the Zollernalb. [Source: Wikipedia]

Sightseeing Point No.3 : The Hohenzollern castle. Even from the highway the castle can be seen and you see them on the summit of a very imposing. If you come closer it is more magnificent . Just before you go into the forest and thus uphill, there are still a few parking bays where you could snap the castle as a whole. Then it goes up the hill on a very narrow, paved mountain road. Top just before you get to the castle on a plateau , which was converted into a collective parking .

There you can park your car for free . On the plateau there is a toilet block and a souvenir shop . From here you now have two options to reach the castle. On foot, which then takes about 25 minutes depending on the condition or with an approximately four-minute shuttle ride. The drive fails with only 1.50 € per trip relatively ridiculous, measured at the weld , you would lose , if you would scramble up on foot. As a good Swabian I decided for the bus, what Lyra was very pleased .

At the top , you go through a longer first , snails shaped castle path which is interrupted by two tunnels . In the middle of the road you can look into a small , beautifully landscaped flower garden. Before you can get across the drawbridge , you still have to pass the checkout. I had this time opted for a guided tour, which turned out to be a mistake in the special for the two of us .

Admission with guided tour costs per head 10 - €. The tours are available in German and in English, but not simultaneously and only at certain times. She is very heavy history, which was boring for me and extremely boring for Lyra, because it was hardly to understand anything. I have tried from time to time to explain her about the kings, emperors, princes and marquises. The rooms of the castle are quite impressive if you could provide with 80 to 100 other people at a time in the room itself is not necessarily an impression. Since Lyra would have had time to read in peace the English information boards. Overall, it is done in about 5 rooms. The guide begins with the ancestral history of Prussia and the various noble lines. Everything has been neatly drawn as a family tree on the walls of the rather narrow space. The youngest member of the last noble family is just 6 months old.

The next room is the ballroom. Since film and photograph for economic reasons is forbidden in the castle, I had to help myself otherwise. :-) In the next two rooms you can see historical narrative and portraits of former residents. You pass the bedroom, which caused at Lyra for big eyes, as it was hardly bigger than her own room in Carcar. Then it's back outside and into the former kitchen. This is now the treasury. There you will find all sorts of valuable items such as dresses and frock coats, weapons and armor and of course the precious crown.

The whole tour takes about 45 minutes and is really only recommended for those interested in history.

Outside we took some shots before we went back down to the bus.

The castle entrance with drawbridge
The Protestant castle church

The courtyard

The church cultivation, right is still a piece of the Church.

And at the end again the moving pictures ...



The Wimsener Cave

The Wimsener cave - actually in honor of Duke Frederick II ( later King Frederick I ) , who visited the cave in 1803, is the only in Germany passable with a water vehicle. It is located on the Swabian Alb , about three kilometers north of Zwiesel . 1447 first documented the Limestone Cave in 1910 was partially measured , but only from 1959, when it was managed to dive through a siphon, further explorations and measurements could be made. Among other things, Jochen Hasenmayer played an important role , which was able to advance in the years 1961-1975 up to 400 m wide and 40 m deep in the cave. From its 723 meters length less than ten percent for the normal visitor who is driven on a boat in the cave is accessible. Since about 70 meters down lowers the entrance, the cave ceiling to the water surface and the rest of the gang cave can be explored only with diving equipment . It is located here in a Sourcearm the Zwiefalter Aach, which is also mentioned in the Latin verses an inscription that was placed at the above visit the elector to the cave entrance :

„Grata tuum praesens numen mea nympha salutat.
Laetior unda tibi nunc Friderice fluit.
MDCCCIII. IX Aug F.F. Normann.
Thankfully welcomes the high visit, the here waiting nymph.
Merry will flow with you now, Frederick, the babbling Ach.
9. August 1803 Friedrich Freiherr von Normann.“

Thus thanked Philip Christian von Normann Elector Frederick, who had appointed him in the same year to the Minister and from whom he received Castle Ehrenburg, which included also Wimsen and the cave .

1995 pieces of pottery and human bones were found in the cave, which at least partially derived from the Late Bronze Age. At that time the water level was lower and the dry cave accessible. This is also the stalactites that arise only in the dry, but were found in about two meters of water . Only in the twelfth century, the creek was dammed for a mill. Even today there is a small hydroelectric plant .

Because of the to long guide tour in Hohenzollern , we had to hurry a bit to some extent in time to get even a guide . After all, I wanted to treat it Lyra sometimes to admire a cave by boat. Since that day the water a little higher level , could be only 55 sailed by 70 meters ( the entrance fee of € 3.50 has therefore not changed). In the cave itself there was unfortunately nothing to photograph , so I filmed from the beginning. See for yourself whether a trip there worthwhile or not.



For deep cave we did not make it more to make it because it was after 18:00 clock and most of the attractions were closed. We drove then back home to recharge for the next day.

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