Unicorn Cave

For centuries, the burial of the unicorn was in the foreground in this cave and made unicorn cave known far beyond the borders of the Harz. The bones of the “Unicornu fossile” ground into powder were sought after as a medicine throughout Europe.

Today it is known that the bone finds are the fossil remains of thousands of cave bears and other extinct animals that were native here in the southern resin before and during the last ice age. Scientific excavations have shown that the cave was visited by Neanderthals for long periods of time 100,000 years ago. Guests walk in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Leibniz, Goethe, Cuvier, Virchow and Löns through the narrow corridors and large halls of the cave.

The largest visitor cave in the Western Harz can be reached via the B27/243 via Herzberg, OT Scharzfeld (own free forest parking, also for buses); from Scharzfeld station in 20 min. (signposted hiking trail). The railway station is Barbis – Bad Lauterberg.

House Einhorn / OT Scharzfeld
37412 Herzberg am Harz

Phone: 05521 / 997559
Fax: 05521 / 997558


Postal address: Office Einhornhöhle, Im Strange 12, 37520 Osterode am Harz
Operator: Company Unicornu fossile e.V.

Opening hours:
27 Dec. 2013 to 06. Jan. 2014 – Winter season – daily – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
April 1, 2014 to Oct 30 2014 – Summer season – Tue. to Sun. – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.