Mining –

the industry that shaped the region

Spread over the western side of the Harz is the largest and oldest mining region for silver, copper, lead and zinc in Europe. It has been shown scientifically that the utilization of copper from Goslar began in the Bronze Age. The beginnings of mining in the Harz were therefore over 3000 years ago on the Rammelsberg.

The Rammelsberg Mine is the only mine in the world that was in uninterrupted operation for more than 1000 years. Still today, mining archaeologists are finding traces of everyday working activity from the Middle Ages underground.

Several Upper Harz mines from the 16th to 19th centuries are part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Grube Samson Mining Museum in St. Andreasberg, the Ottiliae and the Kaiser Wilhelm II. Shafts in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, the 19-Lachter-Stollen Mining Museum in Wildemann and the Knesebeck Shaft in Bad Grund. Relics such as mining waste heaps and ore transport tracks remain from countless other mines.

The short video above introduces the theme "Mining" in pictures.

You can also explore the world of historic mining on a guided tour.

© Stefan Sobotta

© Stefan Sobotta

© Stefan Sobotta

© Hansjörg Hoerseljau

© Tim Schenkel

© Stefan Sobotta

© Stefan Sobotta

World Heritage in the Harz

A diverse World Heritage Site with numerous museum locations awaits your visit. And the Information Centre offers you the perfect introduction to the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System. Read more…

On the Move

Hiking, cycling, motorized tours or guided visits – there are many ways to explore the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

On our website you will find numerous suggestions for your tour of discovery – be inspired by the cultural diversity and the breathtaking landscapes of this unique mining region…


An overview of what the World Heritage has to offer

This information brochure will take you on your first journey of discovery through the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz. Have fun browsing.