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A natural work of art - one of the most beautiful still active stalactite caves in Germany


Immerse yourself in another world

In the immediate vicinity of Rabenstein Castle (approx. 10 minutes' walk), you enter an underground palace. Fantastic stalactite formations have been created over thousands of years, stalagmites such as the giant "Millionaire" or "sinter flags" up to five metres long, which cast a spell over us today. Depending on the composition of the drops, the colours play magically in shades of ochre, red and brown, effectively illuminated. Enjoy this natural wonder of beauty, which continues to grow quietly and unnoticed by your eyes.

Sophie's Cave can be visited as part of a guided tour or at your leisure during "Sophie at Night". Exclusive tours for groups are also possible, including as part of the programme for your celebration at Rabenstein Castle.

Please note that neither the path to the cave nor the cave itself are barrier-free.

Sophie at Night

During "Sophie at Night", you have the rare opportunity to roam the three impressive cave rooms individually, i.e. without a group tour, and enjoy them at your own pace. In an overwhelming light show, your gaze is drawn to the various highlights of the cave, while wonderful music fills the sparkling rooms. Let these magical impressions linger over a campfire at the cave entrance.

Our Cave Bear

Sophienhöhle, also known as the Queen of Caves in the Brockhaus of 1880, was home to large cave bear dens. The cave bear skeleton now on display, the only one of its kind in the world, gives it Europe-wide significance.

What is special about the skeleton are the small bones and ankles, which have largely been completely reassembled. Not only are all the bones of the four individual paws found, but also the nine small bones of the hyoid bone. Since 8 August 2011, this cave bear skeleton has been on display for all visitors to see.

Opening hours and prices

You can find the daily updated tour times here:

Cave tours in winter 2023/2024
11:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.

Cave tours summer season (March 22nd - November 3rd 2024)
Tue-Sun & public holidays: 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m. continuously
Adults 8.00 € / Children (4-14 y.o.) 4.50 €

Guided tours for groups also possible at other times by appointment!

Please note
Please note that dogs are not permitted in the cave.

Sophie at night (May-September)
Sat 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.)
and Thursday, 05.30.24, time as on Saturdays
Adults 10.00 € / Children (4-14 y.o.) 5.50 €

Sophie at night (October-April)
For groups by appointment only

Tickets for guided tours can be purchased via our online shop. Remaining tickets are available spontaneously on site.

Opening hours subject to change

Concerts at Sophie's Cave

For many years, we have also been organising concerts in the antechamber of Sophie's Cave, which provides a spectacular and atmospheric backdrop for concerts.

Let yourself be inspired by the very special atmosphere of the cave and enjoy a cave concert that will captivate you too. The spectrum ranges from Gregorian chants by the choir "The Gregorian Voices", to blues, rock and oldies with the "Albert Koch Trio", to a journey from "Nämberch" to New York with our favourite atmospheric duo Wulli and Sonja. All dates can be found here.

Our special recommandetaion: Before the 8 p.m. concerts, enjoy a well-timed menu in our castle restaurant. Admission to the castle restaurant is at 5.30 pm and the menu starts at 6 pm. Afterwards you have enough time to get to the Sophienhöhle at your leisure. Please call 09202/9700440 to make a reservation.

Upcoming Concerts

Von Swing bis Bossa Nova

Friday, 19.07.2024 8 pm

Gregorian Choir

Friday, 09.08.2024 5 pm & 8 pm

Nyckelharpa Journey

Friday, 16.08.2024 8 pm


Friday, 30.08.2024 8 pm
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