The organizers of the 2023 meeting of the German cavers, the German Speleological Federation as well as the FSE Bureau cordially invites you to join the 15th EuroSpeleoForum (ESF) in Breitscheid/Hessen, which will take place between 17th and 21st of May 2023. The village of Breitscheid is situated 8 km west the city of Herborn, about 70 km east of Bonn and about 80 km northwest of Frankfurt/Main.
The Breitscheid karst only measures 3 square km. However, it hosts 16 km of currently known cave passages. The largest caves known are the Herbstlabyrinth-Adventhöhle- System (over 13 km long, currently the 4th longest cave in Germany) and the Erdbachhöhlensystem (over 2 km long). The area belongs to the Geopark Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus with a lot of karst features like dolines, sinkholes, dry valleys and karst resurgences. Parts of the Herbstlabyrinth- Adventhöhle-System are accessible for tourists.
The meeting venue will be the school compound and a nearby multi-purpose communal hall in Breitscheid. There will be a campground as well as places for mobile homes. Dormitories (sleeping bag and mattress necessary) will be provided in classrooms. Hotels and B&Bs are available in the surroundings of Breitscheid.
There will be many field-trips to the local caves as well as surface excursions and presentations. Conference language will be German and English.
For all details on the program and the registration please see the event’s website (available on 1st of March 2023) at https://www.vdhk.de/en/events/translate-to-english-jahrestagung