Monday, May 20, 2013

The Most Found Geocache in the World

The Most Found Geocache in the World:
The Most Found Geocache in the world is actually shared by two geocaches
The Most Found Geocache in the world is a distinction currently shared by two geocaches in this European city
Prague bridges geocache (left) Terekza geocache (right) both found more than 12,400 times
Prague bridges geocache (left) Terezka geocache (right) both have been found more than 12,400 times
The ‘most found traditional geocache’ in the world is a distinction that’s currently neck and neck.  Two traditional geocaches both have more than 12,400 finds. That’s more than twice as many finds as the Geocaching HQ geocache in Seattle and more than any other traditional geocache in the world.
Prague bridge 1 - Karlov most
Prague bridge 1 – Karlov most
The most found geocaches are both hidden in the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague. In fact, they’re just across the famous Charles Bridge from one another. The geocaches each rack up about five “Found it” logs during the work week and about 15 “Found it” logs each weekend. As of this writing, Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most is currently a few finds ahead of  Terezka.
Prague bridges find countBoth of these geocaches have several similarities. Both offer tourists a chance to discover more than the average traveler and they’re both micro caches with interesting camouflage. While each of these geocaches has unique qualities that make them incredible finds, there are certain traits that help boost them to the top of the find count. If you’re looking to hide the next most-found geocache, take note:
1) They’re placed in inspiring locations that are well-traveled by tourists.
2) The geocache pages tell an interesting story in more than one language and include pictures.
3) They geocaches are not too hard to find. They have clear hints and easy-to-find spoilers.
4) The geocaches are well maintained.
Near Terezka
Near Terezka
Geocacher Benjo5 owns and maintains Prague bridge 1 – Karluv most. And while this is the most popular of his 26 geocaches, it was his very first hide. He says, “When I wanted to make my first cache, I have seen that Charles bridge, one of the top monuments of Prague and whole Czech Republic is without a cache. It is the oldest bridge in Prague, so I made a cache about it. And as I felt to make just one cache about the most famous bridge a bit unfair thing to the other bridges, I started to make a Prague bridges series, publishing every month one cache about a bridge. The series is numbered chronologically, as the bridges were built.
Charles bridge was my first cache and I wanted it to make it easy for everyone, so it is totally non-problematic 1/1 geocache. But not even in my dreams would I imagine in the day of placing, that it will be once the top visited of those 2.000.000+ geocaches [in the world]”
The owner of Tereka, termiter.cz, owns just two geocaches.
While the find counts for each of these geocaches is incredible, it’s not all about the numbers. Each geocache that’s hidden has a different purpose. Some geocaches are designed to be so difficult and rewarding they’re found just a handful of times a year (if that many). It’s all part of the allure of geocaching. You’re able to choose your own adventure.
Thank you from Geocaching HQ to both geocache creators for providing memories for thousands of geocachers.
See below for the most found traditional geocaches in the top 5 geocaching countries.
Germany – Alexanderplatz more than 9,850 finds
United States – Original Stash Tribute Plaque  more than 6,700 finds
Sweden – OTTT #2 – Changing of the Guard more than 4,600 finds
United Kingdom – From a Swan to the Canary: Tower – Save me! more than 4,500 finds
Canada – Banff Micro Cache more than 2,500 finds
What do you think make the elements of a geocache that draws in thousands of finds? Add your comments below.