About 1.5 kilometers south of the downtown of Goslar is the former Rammelsberg ore mines.
With its outdoor facilities, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Visitors in front of the company premises of the former mine Rammelsberg
The mine presents some special features and superlatives.
There is, for example, one of the oldest and best preserved mineworkings the German mining industry - the "Rathstiefsten Stollen" from the 12th century.
In the Rammelsberg you will also find the oldest bricked pit area of Europe - the "Feuergezäher Vault", which originates from the 13th century.
As a visitor of the former ore mine you go into the mountain with the mine train.
There you can view numerous authentic mining technical pieces of machinery and see demonstrations.
Thereby, you can empathize very well the hard and loud everyday work of the miners.
Impressive is the faithful reconstruction of a giant water wheel in the Roeder mining tunnel.
There formerly was used for ore extraction.
Also the large ore processing plant can be visited by the visitors.
The pit leaders are incidentally partially to former miners of that mine.
In the above-ground mining museum there are also numerous complex exhibitions.
Numerous display items wait there for your visit.
The Rammelsberg ore mines is in its dimensions unique in the Harz mountains.
Already in the 3rd century was mined proven to ore at Rammelsberg - probably even much earlier.
In the year 968 here began the first time in the Harz the systematic and industrial ore mining.
This mining activity was carried out from then on without major interruptions until the year 1988.
Nowhere else in the world as here was has mined over a period of more than 1000 years continuous ore.
In the ore deposit was mainly contained silver, lead, zinc and copper.
With an overall yield of about 27,000,000 tons of ore from the mine "Rammelsberg" the ore deposits was also one of the richest worldwide.
The gigantic dimensions also pertain to the museum itself.
With an area of about 20,000 square meters, it is one of the largest in Germany.