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Guided tours through the Upper Harz Water Mgt. System –

discover the world's most important pre-industrial energy supply system underground!


Discover the hidden world of the shafts, galleries and water tunnels of the Upper Harz Water Management System underground with specially trained World Heritage Guides. Organization and registration for these tours also takes place via the Upper Harz Mining Museum. In addition to the tours described in the following, which you can book as an individual or group, the tour managers of the museum can put together an individual tour according to your wishes.

Please put on warm clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide you with a helmet, miner's lamp, rain coat and boots.

Compressed air for the Hilfe Gottes mine – underground through the Eichelberg

The Knesebeck Shaft was a part of the "Hilfe Gottes" mine that was closed in 1992, the last ore mine in the Harz. This excursion will take you to the mono- and bi-directional water wheel chambers in the Mining Museum in Bad Grund as well as the hydrocompressor tower, which produced compressed air. Underground, you will explore the water transport tunnel in the Eichelberg, guided by an experienced miner. The sophisticated system served to provide the mine with water power and compressed air energy.
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duration: around 2.5 hours · difficulty: medium
please note: The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.


A journey into the depths of the earth –
19-Lachter-Stollen and 13-Lachter-Stollen Wildemann

The deep water drainage galleries that emerge in the mining town of Wildemann were some of the most important installations for Upper Harz silver mining. For centuries they drained water out of the mines higher up and without them mining operations in Zellerfeld and Clausthal would not have been possible. The miners' journey into the depths of the earth began in 1525. Starting at the Pochgraben ditch, the tour follows the path of the water above and below ground. Away from the usual guided tour route, discover the visitor mine and its highlights, the length of the galleries and the depth of the shaft. Experience the historic mining town of Wildemann on the Halbe-Höhen-Weg. Continue above ground to the mouth of the 13-Lachter-Stollen gallery.
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duration: around 2.5 hours · difficulty: medium


Bremerhöhe from above and below – mining railway and water tunnel

Experience the ridge "Bremerhöhe" both above and below ground. The trip with the mining railway takes you along a former water transport ditch, which was dug to bring water to the ore mines in the Rosenhof area. Here, lead, copper and silver ore were mined from the 16th century until 1930. Following the railway journey, an impressive tour through the "Bremerhöher Wasserlauf" water transport tunnel will bring you to the Round Rosenhof Wheel Chamber, from where you will return above ground to the Ottiliae Shaft. Equipped with a helmet, protective jacket, boots and a lamp, you will explore the tunnel and the round bi-directional water wheel chamber at the Rosenhof.
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duration: around 3 hours · difficulty: medium
please note: The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.


Rosenhof wheel chambers tour of discovery – Altensegener Rösche

On this exclusive discovery tour you will follow the old "Wet Gallery" through the Rosenhof mining area to a mighty, walled, round wheel chamber, which descends 24 m into the ground like the inside of a gigantic tower. The destination of the tour is the neighbouring, 15-metre-high, completely underground Oval Wheel Chamber. Already in 1822, contemporaries described it as the "most beautiful wheel chamber in the whole of the Harz". Equipped with a helmet, protective jacket, boots and a lamp, you will explore the underground installations.
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duration: around 3.5 hours · difficulty: difficult
please note: You need to be physically fit enough to be able to climb vertical ladders and to crawl on all fours through an 80-metre-long tunnel that is only 80 centimetres high in places. The minimum age for this tour is 14 years.


Rosenhof mining area and Round Wheel Chamber – Traces of the past in the Clausthal Valley

Start at the World Heritage Ottiliae Shaft on the Bremerhöhe ridge at the western edge of Clausthal-Zellerfeld. On this easy tour you will discover the "sunken" Great Clausthal Valley. Huge industrial plants - the most modern of their time - once shaped the landscape. You can still see their ruins today. Together with an expert World Heritage Guide, travel through time in an industrial world that is no longer with us, hear about the function of a "pochgraben" ditch and take a look at the entrance of the Altensegener Rösche. You will visit the Round Wheel Chamber below ground before returning to the starting point along the Bremerhöher Graben ditch.
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duration: around 2 hours · difficulty: easy


For intrepid explorers through tunnels and wilderness – Big water transport tunnel tour

The Rosenhof Wheel Chambers are some of the most spectacular in mining – and not only in the Harz! Underground water tunnels, ditches and historic ore mines in the Rosenhof mining area coupled with sections of forest wilderness in the upper Innerste Valley make this long expedition a special experience. Equipped with a helmet, protective jacket, boots and a lamp, you will explore the underground installations.
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duration: around 7 hours · difficulty: difficult
please note: You need to be physically fit enough to be able to climb vertical ladders and to crawl through an 80-metre-long tunnel that is only 80 centimetres high in places on all fours. The minimum age for this tour is 14 years.


Underground to the Rich Caroline – Dorotheer Rösche and Caroline ventilation shaft

Already in the 18th and 19th centuries more than 20,000 visitors, including the writers Goethe and Heine, visited the Dorothea and Caroline Mines in Clausthal. They were the highest yielding mines in the upper Harz. On this tour you will explore part of the former energy supply system for the two mines – the Dorotheer Rösche drainage adit. It transported the used water out of the hillside and to the next water wheels lying below. You will explore the mine equipped with a helmet, protective jacket, boots and a lamp. At the end you will climb the 20 metre Caroline Ventilation Shaft (Caroline Wetterschacht) on ladders, back to the light of day.
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duration: around 2.5 hours · difficulty: medium
please note: The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.


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CONTACT

Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum
Bornhardtstr. 16
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld
Tel. +49 5323-98950
info(at)bergwerksmuseum.de
www.bergwerksmuseum.de


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World Heritage in the Harz

Cultural diversity amid breathtaking landscapes: the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz

At the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System a wide range of museums and monuments await your visit. Discover this treasure of human history.

Rammesberg Mine

Experience the place where mining in the Harz first started.

In the museum buildings and in the mine installations above and below ground you will gain unique insights into more than 1000 years of history of the ore mining at the Rammelsberg.

Highlight

Starting point for the original locations

The Information Centres of the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System inform you in fascinating exhibitions about the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz and what it offers for tourists.

Recommendation

Today in the Middle Ages

Visit the oldest part of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz at the Cistercian Museum Walkenried Monastery. With its sensual and creative design within the Gothic monastery complex, it brings the Middle Ages to life.

Downloads

Go on a journey of discovery by reading your way through the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz

On 64 pages, the brochure will give you an overview of everything the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz has to offer. Enjoy browsing through it!

Themes

Architecture & settlements, mining, changing landscapes, energy production

The interactions between people and ore have left many traces in the cultural landscape of the Harz. These can be divided among the four main themes that characterize the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

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