Dechen Cave

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Dechen Cave
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The Emperor Chamber in the Dechen Cave
Location Sauerland, Germany
Length 870 metres
Altitude 250 metres
Discovery 1868
Geology Rhenish Massif
Show cave opened 1868
Show cave length 360 metres
Lighting electric
Website http://www.dechenhoehle.de
Mosaic stone in front of the Dechen Cave at Iserlohn-Letmathe

The Dechen Cave (German: Dechenhöhle) in Iserlohn, Germany is one of the most beautiful and most visited show caves in Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Sauerland at Iserlohn (Grüne district). 360 metres of the 870-metre long cave have been laid out for visitors, beginning at the spot where, in 1868, the cave was discovered by two railway workers. The workers dropped a hammer into a rock crevice which turned out to be the entrance to a dripstone cave when they were searching for the lost tool.

The cave is named after Oberberghauptmann Heinrich von Dechen (1800–1889), in recognition of his contribution to researching the geology of the Rhineland and Westphalia.

Owner[edit]

Due to its discovery by rail workers the cave was owned firstly by the local railway company, which built the Letmathe–Fröndenberg railway and later on by the National railway company, the last one was the Deutsche Bundesbahn. In 1983 the cave was taken over by the Mark Sauerland Touristik GmbH.

Railway halt[edit]

Because the cave was found and owned by the railway, a halt was built next to the visitors' entrance. Today, the Ruhr-Sieg-Express (RE16) and Ruhr-Sieg-Bahn (RB91) services stop at the halt. Both the RE16 and the RB91 services are operated by the Abellio Rail NRW.

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Coordinates: 51°21′56″N 7°38′41″E / 51.36556°N 7.64472°E / 51.36556; 7.64472