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Near the small town Balve, situated in the south-east of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen there's a big karst cave, the "Balver Höhle". You can see its entrance in the workshop. This cave first was mentioned in a deed of 1690 but pottery sherds already from the early Middle Ages were found here. This cave however also was mentioned in the Þiðrekssaga (also Thidreksaga, Thidrekssaga or Niflungasaga) bequeathed in Norwegian parchment manuscripts. In this saga from the beginning of the 13th century dwarfs live in a rock with the name Ballova (today Balve).

Balver Höhle is called "the biggest cultural cave of Europe" and it is used for cultural events since 1922. In big underground cave rooms events as e.g. Irish Folk & Celtic Music festival, theatre performances, Jazz festivals, Rock festivals .... regularly take place.

When visiting Balve some days ago I passed by the normally fenced in and locked cave entrance but I saw that people carried big flower bouquets into the cave and I asked about this. They were preparing a family celebration - a festive dinner - in the cave. They told me that all guests will be dressed accordingly, because temperature in the cave is ~15° C.
They kindly allowed me to take a picture of this special place for a dinner. It's a hand hold shot, but I think one can imagine the atmosphere of this dinner...

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