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Grottoneum - the adventure museum by the Fairy Grottoes

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"Discovery, amazement and participation" is the motto with which the Grottoneum Adventure Museum welcomes young and old. At many different stopping points, visitors can listen, read, touch, smell and taste and can investigate lots of fascinating issues themselves. In this way, they can learn with playful ease all about the origins of the former mine, the laborious work of the miners of the time and the world of minerals and stalactites. Using the bellows, visitors can, for example, try to supply the mine with fresh air.

Numerous other hands-on points in the mine area demonstrate what it was like underground. In the stalactite area, the focus is on the growth of these unique formations underground and at the "Dance of the Molecules", you can grow your own stalactite. During a journey back to the prehistoric past 440 million years ago in the Grotto cinema, visitors will experience the birth of the Fairy Grottoes first-hand and even meet a giant scorpion from the Silurian Sea. The world of minerals can be explored with the "Mineral Zoom" and at the molecule table, the development of the minerals can be actively traced. A model of the Fairy Grottoes provides an unparalleled bird's-eye view of the system of galleries and caves.

As an out-of-school learning centre, the Grottoneum offers numerous different ways of addressing lots of topics playfully and with multimedia support. Fascinating questions about stalactites, minerals and mining can be answered at 23 hands-on knowledge points. On the Grottoneum Rally, children can solve assignments at the various stations. Further information and materials are available directly at the Grottoneum website.

Opening hours

Monday: 10 - 17
Tuesday: 10 - 17
Wednesday: 10 - 17
Thursday: 10 - 17
Friday: 10 - 17
Saturday: 10 - 17
Sunday: 10 - 17

High season:
May - October
Guided tours every 20 minutes (children's tour at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. | theme tour at 4 p.m.)

Off season:
November - April
Opening hours 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. daily
Guided tours (half-)hourly | children's tour at 3 p.m. theme tour at 1 p.m. on Sat and Sun



  • Café
  • Drinks bar
  • Snack bar
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German
  • Parking for coach: 250
  • Parking for car: 10
  • Family- and child-friendly
  • For children and families: · family guided tour daily, meals for children, "Feenweltchen" adventure area above ground, extra programmes,such as miner and fairytale journeys for children,Saalfeld Fairy Fest in Fairy Grotto Park


Fully accessible for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

Marked disabled parking space (2.60 x 4.76 metres) directly by the Grottoneum.  More disabled parking spaces about 200 metres away, of standard DIN size. Access to the Grottoneum from theses spaces over 15% slope. Outside routes over cobbles and partly asphalt.

Fariry Grotto Park and ticket office difficult to access for wheelchair users - very hilly area and lots of steps. Wheelchair users can use the bell in the entrance area to the Grottoneum and buy ticket directly from employees. Level access via a ramp (50 cm long, 13% slope) over step. Wheelchair users can move well in the Grottoneum. Platform lift to upper level (300 kg bearing load, 100 x 78 cm). Lots of interactive stations to listen, feel and taste.

WC in the management building of Saalfelder Feengrotten and Tourismus GmbH - threshold (1.5 cm to cross). Info: accessible at left only = more than 90 cm, mobility area in front of the WC = more than 150 x 83 cm. Wheelchair users can also enter the restaurant on the level through the management building.

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Contact information

Saalfelder Feengrotten und Tourismus GmbH

Feengrottenweg 2
07318 Saalfeld

Telephone: +49 (0) 36 71 55 04 0
Fax: +49 (0) 36 71 55 04 40

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