A special feature on the approximately 400 m long visitor path of the Bilstein Cave is the alternation between narrow crevices and spacious underground halls. In addition, the stream that long ago washed the Bilstein Cave out of the rock is still active today: The Bilsteinbach disappears - depending on the water level completely or partially - in rock crevices at the foot of the Bilstein Rock and emerges again as a spring a few hundred meters below, directly at the visitor parking lot. This underground stream forms a new cave about 20 meters below the feet of today's cave visitors. Thematic guided tours and arrangements are offered in the Bilstein cave and in the Bilsteintal, spectacular is the feeding of the lynxes. Our tip: In September, the Bilsteintal and the cave are bathed in candlelight and firelight on one evening: The "Shining Bilsteintal" is a highlight of the year in the Bilsteintal.
Arrival by bus: Bus line R76 Meschede-Warstein to bus stop "Bilsteinhöhle".
By car: A46 to Meschede, then take the B55 in the direction of Eversberg/Warstein. After approx. 11 km in Warstein turn left onto the Domring road and follow the signs. A44 to Erwitte/Anröchte, then take the B55 in the direction of Anröchte / Meschede. After approx. 18 km in Warstein, turn right onto the Domring road and follow the signs.
Opening hours: open daily all year round (except 25.12.) April-October: open daily 9-16.30 November-March: open daily 10-15.30
Entrance fees: Adults 6 €, children (up to 16 years) 4 €, reduced group prices by 0,50 € per person from 15 persons.
Discovery in 1887 by the forest worker Franz Kersting
Total length: 1. 840 m; Guided tour: 400 m
The immediate vicinity of the Bilstein cave offers everything that is needed for a successful vacation: the game park, where lynxes, wild boars, red and sika deer, raccoons and foxes can be observed with free admission, the forest playground at the Bilstein creek, where you can romp and splash to your heart's content and the fascinating nature of the Bilsteintal: rocks, caves, ancient trees, walking paths. In the historic building of the old youth hostel you will find the Bilstein store with books, postcards, equipment for little nature explorers and many other offers. Directly at the parking lot is the Warsteiner Waldwirtschaft, the gastronomy in the Bilsteintal.