The Neanderthal Discovery Site
Feldhofer Cave, where the remains of the original Neanderthal were discovered in 1856, was destroyed as a result of quarry work. After new excavations in 1997 and 2000, a park was created on the site of the world-famous discovery.
Rent a set of headphones in the museum and listen to enthralling stories about the history of the valley. The audioguide is included in the admission price for the museum.
The discovery site is approximately 400 metres from the museum.
Discovery Site Opening Hours:
March to October 10 am to 5 pm
November to February 10 am to 4 pm
Höhlenblick ("Cave View") Tower
Höhlenblick ("Cave View") Tower is being built to upgrade the Neanderthal discovery site, which is within walking distance of the Neanderthal Museum.
Höhlenblick Tower is an open, steel structure on the site of the Feldhofer Grotte cave, where the Neanderthal was discovered and which was completely destroyed by limestone quarrying in the 19th century. The 22 m-high tower is accessible to visitors, including those with disabilities, via inner and outer ramps with a total length of 360 m. Beneath the dome designed to look like the Neanderthal's skullcap, visitors find themselves at the same height as the lost Feldhofer Grotte cave. From there you can look out across the valley, just as the Neanderthal did from his cave. The inner open space of the tower, the ramps and the upper platform off space for visitors to enjoy a sensory, low-threshold experience of the valley as it once was.