Schlossberg Sandstone Caves in Homburg



brief description: 

situated below the ruins of Hohenburg Castle, which used to stand on top of the Schlossberg hill, the Schlossberg caves in Homburg are the largest sandstone caves in Europe. Man-made in the 17th century, the site was used for quarrying sand. Because of its significant proportion of quartz crystals, the excavated sand was especially suitable for use in glass making. In the form of scouring sand, it was also employed for cleaning purposes, while silica sand was used as the main mould and core making material in the foundry industry. During World War II, the townsfolk sought shelter in the caves from air attacks. A set of bunkers which were built in the early 1950s for the regional government of the time can still be found on site. The caves, which have a constant temperature of 10 Celsius at all times, can be accessed by stairs from the old town. The Schlossberg can also be reached by car. From the parking lot, another set of stairs leads directly to the entrance of the Schlossberg caves

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
April - October from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm; February, March, and November from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; closed in December and January
renovated; the entrance level has been secured according to technical mining standards and regulations. The caves other levels are also planned to be developed step by step so as to be accessible to the public in the near future
interior architecture: 
in the recent past, the caves have been equipped with concrete and steel safety installations
possible disturbing factors: 
during regular opening hours, visitors may possibly cause some noise; the temperature inside the caves is a constant 10 Celsius, air humidity is about 90%
Space restrictions: 
to be discussed
Time restrictions : 
to be discussed


sanitary facilities: 


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