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The underground caves Geraer Höhler

(Steffen Weiß) The Geraer Höhler, a system of underground mined spaces underneath nearly every building in the old town centre, allow an insight into the history of brewing in Gera. They were created in the 17th and 18th century as sub-cellars used for storing beer. The Höhler sank into oblivion when beer production became industrialised. Only during World War II, they were put in use again as air-raid shelters. Approximately 220 Höhler that could be found have a total length of 9 km (5.6 miles); ten of those Höhler with a total length of 250 meters are open for visitors and guided tours.

Historical underground mined space Höhler

(Steffen Weiß)

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