Info Center & Guided Tours
Infobox in Etzel
Good luck! In the info box at the Etzel site, the topic of "caverns" is vividly conveyed through diagrams, models, films and typical exhibits, such as salt drill cores. On-site lectures are also offered to visitors, among other things.
Infos at a glance
The Infobox is currently only available by appointment. A short call to +49 4465/ 977 93 39 (citizens' phone) or an e-mail will suffice:
A visit to the Infobox is both informative and free of charge!
Opening hours Infobox (by appointment only) and service hours citizen phone:
Monday - Thursday from 9:00 - 16:00
Friday from 9:00 - 13:00
Infobox in Etzel
Etzel cavern information center
Beim Postweg 2
Tel. +49 (0)4465 977 93 39
The info box is located directly on the access road to the main gate of STORAG ETZEL (B436 exit Kavernenfeld Süd II), it is already easily recognizable from the federal highway 436. Six room containers have been put together to form a unit, large-format colored banners draw attention to the info point. Nearby parking facilities for cars and buses are available.
The cavern information center serves as a starting point for getting to know the Etzel site. At the same time, lectures for visitor groups are offered there.
Pre-registration is necessary.
The information box of the Etzel cavern information center offers, among other things, lectures and guided tours for visitors. Visitor groups can visit the site within the framework of the guided tours by bicycle, with their own car or with a bus they have brought themselves. Please register in advance to arrange an appointment:
Origin & Background - Personal contact counts!
STORAG ETZEL GmbH laid the foundation for a citizen information center in May 2010 by setting up a citizen telephone line and an Internet portal. The head of the Etzel cavern information center is Hans Joachim Schweinsberg.
The information center gives people the opportunity to get an idea of the plans and work being done on site. Interested parties can address questions and suggestions directly to contact persons on site. This makes it possible to provide objective and detailed information.
In December 2010, the Info Center was expanded by the Infobox at the Etzel energy storage facility. Here you will find impressive exhibits, informative posters as well as films and animations on the history of the site and the technical aspects of cavern construction.
The construction of the information center coincided with the planned expansion of the cavern facility at Etzel. A total of 75 caverns are currently in operation at the Etzel site (51 for gas, 24 for oil) with a geometric cavity volume of around 46 million cubic meters (as of 2021).
STORAG ETZEL invested more than 800 million euros in the last expansion phase since 2006. Few other private-sector investors make a similarly positive economic contribution in the northwest, as a significant portion of the investment remains in the region and Lower Saxony.
Tenants of the caverns include well-known companies in the energy sector and state oil stockholding organizations.
Infobox has established itself in the region
STORAG ETZEL is pleased with the positive response so far since the opening of the Infobox premises. By the end of 2019, more than 16,000 visitors had been welcomed to the Infobox - including many Friedeburg citizens, residents and visitors from the region. School classes have also already taken advantage of the offer.
The cavern info center regularly participates in nationwide events such as the annual "Logistics Day" in April or the Lower Saxony "Future Day" for career orientation of young people.
Due to the current situation (COVID-19), group registrations will probably be accepted again from summer 2021 under the hygiene measures then in place.
FAQ about Infobox and tourism in the region
Our employees will inform you and answer your questions!
In the information box at the STORAG ETZEL site, the topic of "caverns" is vividly conveyed through diagrams, models, films and typical exhibits, such as salt drill cores and 3D models of caverns as well as the Etzel salt dome.
The cavern information center serves as a starting point for getting to know the Etzel site. At the same time, lectures for visitor groups are offered there. Interested parties can address questions and suggestions directly to contact persons on site. The information center provides the opportunity to get a picture of the plans and work on site.
The Infobox is visited by a wide variety of groups and people of all ages. These include private groups of friends, school classes, rural folk associations, church groups, clubs, representatives of administrations and politics as well as members of service clubs.
The program is individually coordinated whenever possible. Especially in spring and summer, numerous vacationers come to the municipality of Friedeburg and to Etzel, many of them by bicycle. Numerous trade visitors also regularly find their way to the cavern information center in Etzel to learn about the cavern storage facility.
The Infobox of the Etzel Cavern Information Center is suitable for groups with a maximum of 30 participants. The multimedia demonstrations and explanations by the staff last about 45 to 60 minutes.
Accompanied tours of the cavern site are also possible by arrangement (travel time about 30 minutes). A bus required for this purpose must be brought by the guests. Tours are of course also possible by bicycle.
Registration is required.
Special guided tours and lectures for school classes are also part of the cavern information center's offer. The program schedule can, of course, be discussed and agreed individually with regard to educational aspects and topics (e.g. topics such as "salt", energy storage, job profiles at the site...).
The Etzel Cavern Info Center is barrier-free and can be visited by wheelchair users without any problems. However, the toilets in the Infobox itself are not accessible for all types of wheelchairs. Please inquire about this with the Infobox team before visiting.
The Etzel Cavern Information Center and STORAG ETZEL GmbH regularly participate in series of events such as the annual "Logistics Day" or the Lower Saxony "Future Day".
STORAG ETZEL has been participating in the nationwide "Day of Logistics" of the German Logistics Association (BVL) for quite some time. The last Logistics Day took place on April 21, 2022!
Etzel is located in the municipality of Friedeburg - the green gateway to the North Sea. The city of Wilhelmshaven is about 25 kilometers away, the seaside resorts on the North Sea about 30 kilometers.
The municipality itself is a popular tourist destination and offers numerous opportunities for cyclists, hikers, anglers, campers and boaters. Friedeburg counts many overnight stays in different accommodations (hotel, inns, vacation apartments or houses, private rooms etc.).
For more information on the tourist offer of the municipality of Friedeburg, please visit the:
Etzel and nearby Friedeburg offer numerous gastronomic establishments to stop at.
Below is an overview of popular eateries in the area, which are also suitable for larger groups:
For more information, please contact the Tourist information of the municipality of Friedeburg.