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“Woods, picnic and an intermittent source”

Fontaine de Fontestorbes
Nuremberg, Germany
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137 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Woods, picnic and an intermittent source”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Assuming you're on holiday and not in a hurry, it's possible to experience a natural phenomenon very close to the Cathar castle of Montségur. Over the past few years a picnic area and a nice cafe have appeared next to the cave and the Fontaine de Fontestorbes.

Water will swell from a trickle to a mighty gush and slowly go back to a trickle. For all the people who don't have the time to wait for a recurring phenomenon to happen there is a cafe and a playground, with ropes in the trees and a beautiful picnic area.

When the water is low, it's easy to use the stepping stones to go to the back of the cave and wonder why the water is behaving like it is. Even in summer the water is rather cold (which might be a welcome refreshment) and the railing doesn't invoke much trust either. It's a tiny adventure, and well worth seeing.

Visited October 2012
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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“Interesting but not always performing!”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

This river which appears straight out of a cave in the limestone hillside has, at times, an irregular flow that can go from a roaring mountain river to a trickle and back. this takes place only in certain conditions, mainly in summer. It is free to see and makes a good stop going to or from the village of Montsegur and its chateau.

Visited July 2013
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“Quirky Natural Phenomenon”
Reviewed 27 February 2013

Interesting natural water phenomenon, but unless you're lucky, you need to be prepared for a little wait - 60-90 mins for it to happen and be sure to visit at the correct time of year!
Worth the stop - not far from other major attractions so plan a little itinery around it.

There is now a cafe at the zip lining park across the road (busy road, near corner, care crossing it) so that's ideal for getting a refreshment while waiting except don't miss it happening!
Oh and don't get caught in the cave bit when it starts to gush, as happended to us the first time we came across this litte quirky gem :)

Visited July 2012
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“A cave with an intermittent spring”
Reviewed 2 August 2012

Situated next to a quiet road is this phenomenon. There are information boards showing how it all works (a little bit too complicated for me, I must admit). The rotations take between 60 and 90 minutes, although I think it took less time when I was there (late July). It's also quite near a "big" regional road, so if you're passing through the area, its definitely worth visiting.

Visited July 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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“A great place to stop on the way to Montségur”
Reviewed 24 September 2008

Fontaine de Fontestorbes was a great place to stop near Montségur. There is parking here, you can have a look in the cave. There are picnic facilities, tourist information kiosk and a snack shop.

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