Dripstone Cave Kittelsthal

In an abandoned mine you will enter the only fully developed dripstone cave in Thuringia. This unique subterranean world was opened for visitors already in 1896. The guided tour will take you 48 m deep into the Earth.

Since 3 October 2022, visitors can once again descend into the mysterious underworld of the Kittelsthal dripstone cave. During the 1-hour guided tour, the cave guide will tell you all about the geology and history of the cave, which was once discovered through barite mining. At a depth of 48 metres, you can admire stalactites and stalagmites that are several thousand years old. For example, the "pyramid" in the Great Grotto. Smaller cavities branch out from the Great Grotto and can be reached via further passages.


Dripstone Cave Kittelsthal

99842 Ruhla/ OT Kittelsthal
Telephone: 036929-89013 or 0160/94440973

Email: tropfsteinhoehle@ruhla.de

Click here for the website of the Kittelsthal Dripstone Cave! (external link)


Opening hours:

1 April - 31 October

Thursday-Sunday and public holidays: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guided tours take place every hour on the hour.

Last tour: 4:00 p.m.


1 November to 31 March

Closed as the cave is a winter home for bats.


Admission fees:

Adults: € 6.00 / in groups of 12 or more € 4.00

Children from 3-14 years: € 3.00 / in groups of 12 or more € 2.00

Reduced admission with the Ruhla Guest Card and the Thuringian Forest Card. Free admission for users of the Thuringian Forest All Inclusive Card.



The information leaflet of the Dripstone Cave Kittelsthal is currently only available in German.