Day of Open Monuments Sunday, September 10th 2023

+++ Sunday, September 10th 2023 Day of Open Monuments +++

The motto of the Open Monument Day this year is: "Talent Monument". 

For more information, please visit the website of the German Foundation for Monument Protection 

(Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz)

New edition - the official bi-lingual World Heritage brochure now available as pdf

+++ November 2019: The State Office makes the new edition of the comprehensive information brochure "Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura" availabe as pdf +++


Please find the pdf of the brochure here.

New promotional film online

+++ December 2017: A new promotional film is online. It was presented at the official ceremony for the handover of the World Heritage certificate. +++


Watch the video here.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents World Heritage certificate

+++ November 2017: Official ceremony on Nov. 29th 2017 in the administrative district office of the Alb-Donau district in Ulm: Minister of State Böhmer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs passes World Heritage certificate of the "Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura" on to Minister-President Kretschmann and Minister for Economic Affairs Hoffmeister-Kraut. +++


Here you find te press release of the state ministry (in German).


Here you find the press release of the ministry for economics (in German).


New teaching materials for school classes 3 to 6

+++ September 2017: The State Office for Cultural Heritage publishes the brochure "Experiencing Caves and Ice Age Art" (in German) with teaching materials, comprehensive background information and suggestions for excursions to be used in school lessons of classes 3 to 6. +++

Here you can download the pdf of the teaching materials.


Orders for print versions of the teaching materials can be placed via soon.

Ministry for Economics publishes online media library


+++ June 2017: In expectation of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision on the World Heritage nomination, the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing publishes an online media library for ice age art. +++


Here you can find the media library.

3D models of ivory figurines available


+++ June 2017: 3D models of ivory figurines are now freely available in an Online-Viewer. +++


Click here for online 3D models of ivory figurines.

New video online


+++ February 2017: A new video about the "Caves with the oldest Ice Age art" is online. It was presented at the CMT fair in Stuttgart. +++


Watch the video here.

Archaeological hike through the Achtal - from Sirgenstein to Brillenhöhle

Archaeological hike through the Achtal - from Sirgenstein to Brillenhöhle

+++Sunday, September 10, 2023, Blaubeuren-Weiler+++

Dr. Yvonne Tafelmaier (Referee Paleolithic and Mesolithic)
Dr. Guido Bataille (Referee Archaeological World Heritage)
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2023
Time: from 10.00 a.m. (duration approx. 3-4 hours)
Meeting point: Hiking parking lot Sirgensteinhöhle (Blaubeuren-Weiler)

On Sunday, September 10, 2023, the referee for the Paleolithic and Mesolithic in Baden-Württemberg and the speaker of the Old Stone Age World Heritage Site "Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb" of the State Office for Monument Preservation offer on the occasion of the Open Monument Day a (not barrier-free) archaeological hike through the Achtal for all archaeologically interested. All ages are welcome. Destinations are the Sirgenstein Cave in Blaubeuren-Weiler and the Brillenhöhle in Blaubeuren-Seißen. Here you will learn interesting facts about the history of research and the archaeological legacies left behind by Neanderthals and modern humans at the sites in the Eight Valley. There are also exciting insights into the ongoing excavation of the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments in the Brillenhöhle.

Please note: As some of the walks are longer, sturdy shoes and rainwear (if necessary) as well as good fitness are a prerequisite. Thank you very much.

The guided tour is free of charge.