November - April daily 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
May - October daily 9:30 - 6:00 pm
(Open throughout January!)
Make your family day out extra special with a visit to the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes at the foot of the Thuringian Forest. Explore the mythical underground world of the fairy grottoes, as well as the fairy forest and Grottoneum interactive museum.
The Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes are in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most colourful caves. Among the most popular tourist attractions in the Thuringia region, they serve as a striking reminder of medieval mining. An underground tour through the breathtaking, richly coloured world of stalactites and stalagmites reveals fascinating insights into how the grottoes formed, the minerals they contain and the lives and labour of the miners. Over in the sensational interactive museum Grottoneum, there's not a boring old display cabinet in sight. Instead, it's all about feeling, reading, hearing and tasting, allowing you to make your own fascinating discoveries. There's so much to see, including a mineral magnifier, treasures of the mountain and giant scorpions. You can also grow your own stalactites and set molecules in motion, or piece together the minerals of the fairy grottoes and trace 440 million years of history in the panorama grotto cinema. This is a place of discovery for visitors young and old!
If you were hoping to meet a fairy at the Saalfeld grottoes, make your way to the mystical Fairyland, the magical kingdom of fairies and natural spirits situated above the grottoes. Here the focus is on climbing, playing and relaxing. While away the hours with gripping stories, curious sounds and mysterious contraptions. Let yourself be enchanted. All you need is a sense of adventure, a little imagination, suitable footwear and about one and a half hours of time! As well as exploring the interactive areas, you can take an exclusive evening tour through the grottoes or enjoy an inhalation spa in the 'healing mine'. It's even possible to hold your fairytale wedding underground in the Märchendom. The Fairy Grotto Park also has accommodation facilities for guests who want to stay longer.