Osselle Cave

Osselle Cave

Osselle cave counts among the most surprising caves in the world, for the beauty of its natural scenery, the variety of its stalagmites and stalactites and colours, for its geological phenomena and for its historical and prehistoric treasures.

History and Prehistoric: discovered in the 13th century, Osselle cave, which has been visited since 1504, is with ANTIPAROS cave in Greece, the oldest known tourist cave.

GOLLUT(1535-1595), then BUCKLAND, who discovered the first complete cave bear skeleton in Oselle in 1826,which he exhibited at the British Museum, SILLIMAN (American Journal of Sciences and Arts, July 1828), The Royal Society of London (scientific catalogue, 1800-1863) and Cuvier, who invented paleontology, made Osselle cave famous throughout the world.

A fairytale world of crystals, light and water, for an unforgettable visit to a strange and fascinating underground world, the most important cave bear necropolis in the world (2 to 3 000 skeletons).

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Address

Grotte d'Oselle

42, route des grottes
25410 Roset-Fluans
Phone: 03 81 63 62 09
Fax: 03 81 63 88 52

Highlights

Fifteen complete giant bear skeletons. This cave is considered as the most important cemetery  for these fearsome animals that lived there some 50 000 years ago.

Schedule

Every day from April 1st to November 6th :

APRIL-MAY: 9.30 am to 12.00 and 2 pm to 5.30 pm (last departure)

JUNE : 9.30 am to 12.00 and 1:30 pm to 6 pm (last departure)

JULY-AUGUST: 9 am to 6.30 pm (last departure) continuously

SEPTEMBER : 9.30 am to 12.00  and 2 pm to 5.30 pm (last departure)

OCTOBER : Sundays from 10 am to 12.00 and from 2 pm to 5 pm (last departure) ; on other week days from 2 pm to 5 pm (last departure)

Prices

Adults: €7.50

Reductions and students: €6

Children and speleologists : €4.50

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contact

Association FRANCHE COMTE EVASION
25610 Arc-et-Senans
Tél. 03 81 54 45 00
Fax : 03 81 54 45 46

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