The Neanderthal Discovery Site

The Feldhofer Grotte cave, where the remains of the Neanderthal were found in 1856, was destroyed by quarrying activities, as was the spectacular Neander Valley gorge. After new excavations in 1997 and 2000, a park was created on the site of the world-famous discovery.

Opening Times - Discovery Site and Museum: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays, public holidays vary.

Tickets for the Discovery Site and Museum: Online or at the ticket desk in the museum.

Höhlenblick Tower: New Attraction in the Neandertal World of Discovery

From 09.12.2022, Höhlenblick ("Cave View") Tower allows you to discover a virtual Ice Age world at the same height as the lost discovery cave. Along the path to the tower listen to stories of eyewitnesses from history who experienced the valley and, at the Rabenstein rock formation, see the discovery site!


The domed roof of the tower, designed to look like the Neanderthal's skullcap, is the tower's defining feature.
Wander through the turbulent history of the valley as you make your way to the top of the tower.
Those with a head for heights can take a shortcut through the climbing tunnel 20 m above the ground.
More than a telescope: look into the depths of the Ice Age gorge and observe the Neanderthals.
Discover the life-size Neanderthal bones that have been found.
Be part of the Neanderthal burial in a 360º video.
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