Caves and Ice Age Art Are World Heritage

Caves and Ice Age Art Are World Heritage Six caves in the Swabian Alb and the Ice Age art found in the caves have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO: In Krakow, the responsible committee decided to include the sites Vogelherd, Bockstein, Hohlenstein-Stadel, Sirgenstein, Geißenklösterle and Hohle Fels in the world heritage list.

Since the beginning of the 20th century scientists of the University of Tübingen have secured and researched the oldest evidence of figurative art, music and religious beliefs of humans in the caves in the Ach- and Lonetal. The animal figures and jewellery made out of mammoth ivory and bones, figurines such as the Venus from the Hohle Fels, and bone flutes were produced during the last Ice Age around 40 000 years ago. They are considered a unique testimony of the history of the human race.

The largest collection of original finds from the Ice Age caves is presented at the Museum of Ancient Cultures in Hohentübingen Castle, including numerous animal figures made out of mammoth ivory from the Vogelherd cave and the recently recovered fragment of a flute made out of griffon bone.



3D-Modells of the Ice Age Figures

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Guided tour

Highlight Tour

The Highlight Tour presents the highlights of the museum.

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Stone Age Workshop

The “Stone Age Workshop” by Marek Thomanek offers children, adolescents, or also adult groups great activities.

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Guided tour

On the ICE AGE Search for the Ghost of the Castle

Small speleologists help the ghost Kuno in the search for traces through the history of mankind.

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Guided Tour

With the Ice Age Figures at Night

What happens in the museum when the light goes off? Will the Ice Age figures come alive or can you hear the music of the flute made out of bird bone?

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Guided Tour

Trip to the Ice Age

On a round trip through our prehistoric department you will be confronted with the oldest figurative artwork of the world and many other fascinating finds from the Ice Age.

Visit the Ancient Cultures Museum

Experience 16 original Ice Age figures, jewellery and tools from the time of the first artists and musicians of mankind.


Opening Hours

Wed to Sun 10am to 5pm
Thurs 10am to 7pm


Adults: 5€
Reduced: 3€ (children, pupils, students, pensioners, severely disabled people)
Family ticket: 12€
Students of Tübingen: Free of charge


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Museum Ancient Cultures
Burgsteige 11
72070 Tübingen