A World Full of Fantasy


Hundreds of years ago, miners near Saalfeld began their search for gold, silver and other treasures. Instead of precious stones however, they discovered black alum shale, a prized mineral. Around 1850 the mine was closed. After a long period of inactivity, nature transformed the remaining caves into a colourful underground world, which over time became the FEENGROTTEN .

Our guided tours reveal many interesting facts about the mine’s history and the lives of the miners who worked here.

In the FEENWELTCHEN located directly above the display mine, elves, fairies, trolls and forest spirits are at home. Both young and old are invited to enjoy the Adventure World that is the Feenweltchen. There is plenty to discover on the journey through this magical kingdom on your way to the Fairy Tree-Top Castle.

Let your senses be stimulated in the interactive GROTTONEUM museum. You can read, learn, listen, touch and taste at numerous information points. Discover how light was brought into the mine, watch stalactites grow or help to fit coloured minerals together into a puzzle. In the grotto cinema, experience how the caves at the Feengrotten were created 440 million years ago.

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From the direction of Jena (B 88 / B 85):

Exit Saalfeld-East in the direction Neuhaus / Rwg. (B 281)
After three traffic light intersections turn right, in the direction of Neuhaus / Rwg. (B 281)
After driving for about 1.5 km, take left exit to the Feengrotten (signposted at Garnsdorf)

From the direction of Gera (B 281):

Drive through Saalfeld following the B 281 in the direction Neuhaus / Rwg.
At Garnsdorf, turn left at the exit to the Feengrotten (signposted)

From the direction of Kronach (B 85):

At the Saalfeld Railway Station, take the third exit from the roundabout and follow the B 281 through Saalfeld, in the direction Neuhaus / Rwg.
At Garnsdorf, turn left at the exit to the Feengrotten (signposted)


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Regional connections:
Arrive stress and traffic jam-free with the DB regional connections, which arrive in Saalfeld from all directions. From the Saalfeld Railway Station, the Feengrotten is easily reached by direct bus.


Direction: Railway station - Feengrotten, Bus Line A

Every half an hour daily, at xx.10 and xx.40 directly near the Railway Station and xx.14 and xx.44 from the Market.
The first trip is at 8.10 am (Railway Station) an 8.14 am (Market)
The last trip is at 5.40pm (Railway Station) and 5.44 pm (Market)

Direction: Feengrotten – Railway Station, Bus Line A

Every half an hour daily at xx.10 and xx.40 from the Saalfeld Feengrotten
The first trip is at 8.10 am, the last at 6.10 pm

For further information, please contact the Service Centre at the Saalfeld Railway Station, Monday – Friday from 7 am – 5.30 pm, or by telephone: +49 (0) 180 333 7287 (local calling conditions apply)

May, June, september, October
Feengrotten, Grottoneum

  • daily 10.00 am - 5.00 pm*
  • guided tours every 20 - 30 minutes


  • daily 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

July + August
Feengrotten, Grottoneum

  • daily 10.00 am - 5.00 pm*
  • guided tours every 15 - 20 minutes

Thuringian holidays (08.07. - 20.08.2023)

  • daily 9.30 am -5.00 pm*
  • guided tours every 15 - 20 minutes
  • daily 10.00 am - 7.00 pm (7.00 pm*)

November - March
Feengrotten, Grottoneum

  • daily 11.00 am - 3.30 pm*
  • guided tours every 30 - 60 minutes
*   last admittance/ last entrance Grottoneum

Due to the local conditions in the mine we recommend the visit for children who are over the age of four.

We are also open for you on all holidays.

Information for the visit - please note: 
Due to the wet and dripping conditions underground, you will be given capes before the tour to protect your clothes. However, the water may leave rusty stains on clothing. For this reason, please avoid wearing valuable and light clothing. Sturdy footwear is recommended for the walk.


April - October | approx. 5 - 6 hours
Feengrotten, Grottoneum, Feenweltchen

  • adults: € 25,00 
  • children (5-16 years):  19,50
  • children (1-4 years): € 4,50

Fairy Grottoes-Ticket

All-season | approx. 2 - 3 hours 

  • adults:  15,50
  • children (5-16 years): € 12,50
  • children (1-4 years): € 2,50


April - October | approx. 3 - 4 hours
Feenweltchen, Grottoneum

  • adults: € 14,00
  • children (4-16 years): € 11,00
  • children (1-3 years): € 2,00

Discount prices are available for: pupils, trainees, students and groups. Group prices are valid from 15 people. »

Audio guides in English, French, Dutch, Italien, Spanish and Russian are available for use during your guided tour. A monetary deposit or identity documents are accepted as pledge during use. These will be returned upon completion of the tour and receipt of the audio guide.


  • visit: only with guidance - approx. every 20 - 30 minutes
  • length of visit: approx. 1 hour
  • distance, area: approx. 550 m on 3 floors (120 stages)
  • walkability (wheelchair, stroller): no
  • animals: no
  • extra information: temperature 8 -10 °C, humidity approx. 98 %
  • audio guides: yes
  • recommendations: warm clothes | sturdy footwear


  • visit: individual
  • length of visit: approx. 45 minutes
  • distance, area: approx. 290 m2
  • walkability (wheelchair, stroller): yes
  • animals: no
  • extra information: stairs with wheelchair lift
  • audio guides: yes
  • recommendations: -


  • visit: individual (may - oct.)
  • length of visit: approx. 1,5 hours
  • distance, area: approx. 2000 m2
  • walkability (wheelchair, stroller): no
  • animals: no
  • extra information: in the outdoor area (weather dependent)
  • audio guides: no
  • recommendations: sturdy footwear


  • free loan baby carriers
  • baby changing room
  • adventure playground
  • baby carriage site
  • bootle service

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Saalfelder Feengrotten und Tourismus GmbH
represented by the general manager Yvonne Wagner

Feengrottenweg 2, 07318 Saalfeld (Germany)

phone: 0049 (0) 3671-55040
fax: 0049 (0) 3671-550440
email: info@feengrotten.de

VAT No .: DE 166978182
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Commercial register number - Part B of the commercial register - 205534

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