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Germany, Sachsen, Ehrenfriedersdorf
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 05:04:19 PM »
Besucherbergwerk Zinngrube Ehrenfriedersdorf

'Glück Auf!' in the Sauberg
The first finding of tin ore in Germany certainly didn't give rise to a 'tin rush'. Nevertheless, the discovery made in 1240 in Seifental was to have a lasting significance for the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) region. By the end of the 14th C, Ehrenfriedersdorf was producing around 150 tonnes of metallic tin a year. During this time, the settlement grew to become the most important mining town in the region. Several outstanding achievements, such as the laying of a water supply trench (the so-called Röhrgraben) or the digging of drainage tunnels, made this rapid growth possible. Master craftsmen and miners together developed the 'Ehrenfriedersdorfer Radpumpe' (waterwheel-powered device for pumping water out of the mine); its construction techniques were adopted by the mining industry up to the 19th C. The high production costs of tin mining brought about the closure of the pit in Ehrenfriedersdorf on 3 October 1990. However, experts claim there are enough deposits to continue mining ore for at least another seventy years.
Underground Adventure
After the last pit in Ehrenfriedersdorf stopped operating, it was reopened to visitors. In the pit you can experience up close how ore was mined in our region. Equipped with safety helmet and lamp, overalls and rubber boots, you will descend 100 m underground in a miner's cage-lift, where you will learn about the different mining methods throughout history. Here you will see working machines powered by air pressure, take a ride on the pit locomotive, discover the varied geology of the deposit, or even try your hand with a 'Schlägel and Eisen', the tools used by miners in the Middle Ages. A trip through the pit is sure to turn into an exciting adventure!

Am Sauberg 1, 09427 Ehrenfriedersdorf, Sachsen, Germany

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