Atta Cave (Atta-Höhle)
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Atta Cave (Atta-Höhle)

Atta Cave (Atta-Höhle)

One of Germany’s largest caves, the Atta Cave (also known as the Atta-Höhle, or Attendorn Dripstone Cave is a magnificent world of caverns, rock formations, and other subterranean wonders. Accidentally discovered by limestone quarrymen in 1907, the cave is a major tourist destination, and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year.

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Attahohle Attendorn, Finnentroper Strasse 39, Attendorn

The basics

Dating over 400 million years old, the Atta Cave’s “dripstone” descriptor is no accident: its caverns are most recognizable for their stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, and other mineral and rock formations. The cave stretches some 3.7 miles (6 kilometers), although only a limited, circular pathway is open to the public; as such, it remains an accessible way for beginner spelunkers to explore below ground. The cave’s Kristallpalast (Crystal Palace) cavern is a particularly lovely tour highlight.

The Atta Cave is a popular destination for families, science geeks, and adventurous types. Group tours from Frankfurt make visiting easy.

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Things to know before you go

  • Don’t forget to wear layers and comfortable shoes—the cave is 48° Fahrenheit (9° Celsius) all year round.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited on site, even for personal use.
  • A health grotto, restaurant, and mineral gift shop are all hosted on site.
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How to get there

The Atta Cave is located in Attendorn, Germany. It is roughly 1.5 hours by car from Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Bonn (take the A4), and from Wuppertal and Dortmund (take the A45); it is approximately 2 hours from Frankfurt, also via the A45. Paid parking is hosted on site, and visiting as part of a group tour makes logistics seamless.

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When to get there

The Atta Cave is typically open daily, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, although hours vary throughout the year. Note that the cave is closed annually from late November–Christmas Day, and that it is open on weekends only from early January–mid February, and from late February–late March.

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Exploring the Dechen Cave

Are you a dedicated spelunker? If so, pair your trip to Atta Cave with a visit to one of the region’s other highlight caverns: the Dechen Cave (Dechenhöhle), located just an hour from the Atta Cave via the A54 and L539 or the B236. In addition to its striking dripstone scenery, the Dechen Cave is also renowned for the animal fossils discovered on site, which can be viewed in the companion German Cave Museum (Deutsches Höhlenmuseum).

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Frequently Asked Questions
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