Falkenstein Cave - Falkensteiner Höhle
Summer months and dry weather are the best conditions to get about 150 meters deep inside of the cave. Not accessible in winter and after heavy rainfall.
All caves shouldn't be entered from October to mid-April. The caves are home for protected bats in the cold season.
Falkenstein Cave is located in the Swabian Alps, close to Bad Urach and south of Grabenstetten. From the car park, it is a short walk to the entrance. It is an active cave that means a river is flowing through. The source of the Elsach river is rising in this cave and disappearing into a sink hole. In summer it is possible to walk inside of the cave almost dry for 150 meters with rubber boots and neoprene socks, minimum two flashlights. Hereafter the water level is chest deep for the first time, and the temperature is around 7 degrees. After rainfall and in winter the water level is too high for the sink hole, and the river is flowing out of the cave. If the river flow is too strong and high even the trail get flooded sometimes damaged. The cave is several kilometers long and only for experienced cavers accessible. Guided tours are offered from mid-April until late September depending on water level inside of the cave. Early booking is advisable. We tried to book it just a week before, but unfortunately, it was already fully booked.
The Swabian Alps are famous for their caves, more information about the different caves.