Winden Cave

The dark and forbidding meeting point for the youth of the small town. Erik Obendorf hides his drugs there before he goes missing. Bartosz goes there to look for Erik’s stash, together with Jonas, Martha, Franziska, Magnus, and little Mikkel — who disappears.

Cave explorers

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Ulrich goes looking for Mikkel in the cave — and discovers a sealed passage to the nuclear power station. Is there a connection to the disappearance of his son?

Jonas follows his father’s map to a shaft behind a rusty metal trapdoor. On the door is a mysterious symbol and the words sic mundus creatus est — so was the world created. Squeezing through, he finds himself in the year 1986. He had been guided to the shaft by the Stranger, who wanders through the cave, passing between the past, the present, and the future.

Later, Helge also travels through the cave to the 1980s to stop his younger self. Ulrich suspects him of being responsible for the disappearance of the children and follows him — but when he leaves the cave, he has arrived, not in 1986, but in 1953.

The wormhole in the cave

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There is a wormhole in the cave. An Einstein-Rosen Bridge, as described in the Clockmaker’s book. It links three timeframes with one another: 1953, 1986, and 2019.

It may have been created by an accident in the nuclear power station in 1986; or it may have been the result of the Stranger’s attempt to close it with the help of his apparatus; possibly, these two events were one and the same. A paradox: The wormhole is at one and the same time the genesis of its own creation and its destruction. It is the center of the time loop that has a grip on Winden.