Das Müssmannhaus — Geocache of the Week

Mystery Cache
by die 2 Schachtmeister
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
N 51° 40.635 E 006° 52.571

Required  for finding this Geocache of the Week: a tolerance for tight, pitch-black spaces.

The cache was built by these two guys, Joem and Andreas, collectively known as die 2 Schachtmeister. They’ve poured their souls, sweat, and earnings into creating this terrifyingly convincing haunted house-style geocache.

The COs of the Müssmannhaus.
The COs of the Müssmannhaus.

Solve the puzzle from the cache page and you’ll find yourself “trapped” inside the Müssmannhaus having been kidnapped… or so the story goes. The goal is simple: escape the house by finding the geocache.

A popular photo opportunity near the entrance to the Müssmannhaus.

How it Works

The Müssmannhaus is actually several huge shipping containers owned by the cache owners. They’re stacked together and are connected by a series of secret hallways, tiny tunnels, and hidden rooms inside. Any team of geocachers who enter the house (at least 3 people are required) will face difficult puzzles and eerie, dark places in their quest to make it through.

“In you go!”
The outside of the Müssmannhaus.

But it won’t be easy.

For one, things get really, really tight. The cache owners have actually written a warning for those attempting to find the cache:

In order to complete the adventure, you cannot have any — and we mean any — fear of tight, dark spaces. You’ll need to be able to fit your entire body through openings that are no bigger than 40 x 40 cm.

You also need to generally be okay with grisly things (fake grisly, of course), and be able to think under pressure.

Spoiler photos are regularly cleaned from the cache page, so you’ll need to pay a visit to the cache in person in order to find out what it’s really like.

But if you can’t make it out to Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany anytime soon, watch these videos (in German) about the cache to catch glimpses of what happens inside the Müssmannhaus.

The cache has garnered quite a fan club. On the one year anniversary of the Müssmannhaus’s publication, a celebration was held in the vicinity of the structure. There was even a replica cake!

Das Müssmannhaus


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