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).
42, route des grottes
Phone: 03 81 63 62 09
Fax: 03 81 63 88 52
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.
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)
Reductions and students: €6
Children and speleologists : €4.50
CNFS Observation BoatsCome and sail aboard our electro-solar hybrid boats and enjoy a guided cruise to the waterfalls. Enjoy a 14-km round trip passing through magnificent sites and exceptional scenery with a stop at the Saut du Doubs where you will have a chance to go for a walk. Cruise and walk: 2 hours.
Association Franche-Comté Evasion
Correspondance à adresser à : Musée de plein air des Maisons comtoises
Pôle Communication-Accueil Rue du musée
25 360 NANCRAY
Tél. 03 81 54 45 00
Fax : 03 81 54 45 46
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