Unicorn Cave´   more than just a cave ....
- Biotope and Geotope
  (Natural Reserve)
- Cultural Monument
- Natural Monument


The Unicorn Cave - another world underneath the Harz-mountains


cave bear

”Unicorn Cave" - even the name of this cave sounds mysterious. For hundreds of years, digging for the bones of the unicorn had been the foremost interest. The cave has been famous and well known even far beyond the Harz-mountains. The bones, ground down to powder in a mortar, were sold as "Unicornu fossile" (meaning "excavated unicorn"), a much esteemed medicine over the whole of Europe.

Still today, visitors, especially the young, are wondering about the unicorn in the cave.

"Unicorn Cave" - home of Neanderthal man and of cave-bears. Today we know for certain that the bones found in the cave are the fossilised remnants of thousands of cave-bears (pic.left side) and other died-out animals, which have been living in the area during the last ice-age.
Only a few years ago scientific excavations revealed, that the Neanderthal man occupied at least one of the cave entrances for considerable time some 100.000 years ago.
Come in and join us to follow the the footprints of famous Europaean explorers, among them Leibniz, Forster, Goethe, Buckland, Cuvier and Virchow, through the winding corridors and the huge halls of the cave.


neanderthal man

"Unicorn Cave" - the largest cave open to the public in the western Harz-mountains, can be reached via the highways B27/B243 from the village of Scharzfeld following the signs to the parking lot in the forest (busses welcome) - or on foot from the railway station "Scharzfeld" in 20 minutes (marked footpath).


The cave is open April through Oct. from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Appointments for specially guided tours are welcome year-round.
Gesellschaft Unicornu fossile e.V.
Dr. Ralf Nielbock
Im Strange 12
D - 37520 Osterode am Harz
Tel.: 0049 (0)5522 / 315 93-85 FAX: -86
Unicorn Cave - another world underneath the Harz-mountains,
  the world of the unicorns, the cave-bears and the neanderthal men 
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