Balve Cave

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Balver Höhle

The Balve Cave (German: Balver Höhle) is the biggest cultural cave in Europe. It is located in Balve, Germany.


Procession Schützenfest (1982)

The Balve Cave was mentioned in the Thidrekssaga. Since 160 years the annual Schützenfest is a part of the culture. In 1985 the Festspiele Balver Höhle were founded with the mystery play Katharina von Georgien directed by artistic director Hermann Wedekind. This was based on an idea by former chairman Agatha Allhoff-Cramer.

In 1991 a fairy tale festival was installed by Festspiele Balver Höhle. In 1998 the Festspiele Balver Höhle performed their first oriental musical.[1]

Semi-professionals and professionals are working together at Irish Folk & Celtic Music,[2] Balver Märchenwochen and other activities of Festspiele Balver Höhle.


Ensemble Balver Märchenwochen in 2004
Family entertainment in Balve Cave in 2005 with Laura Traud and Stefanie Fuchs
An "irish" event (2005)


Single events[edit]



In German[edit]

  • Klaus Günther, Die altsteinzeitlichen Funde der Balver Höhle, Aschendorff Verlag, Münster 1964

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aladdin und die Wunderlampe
  2. ^ 7. Irish Folk & Celtic Music steht kurz bevor
  3. ^ "So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie heute..."

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Coordinates: 51°20′20″N 7°52′19″E / 51.339°N 7.872°E / 51.339; 7.872