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Knesebeck Shaft Mining Museum –

visit the world's last hydrocompressor tower 


At the Knesebeck Shaft in Bad Grund the theme of "pressure" is the main focus. Compressed air laid the foundation for modern, technology-based mining. The installations at the Knesebeck Shaft are excellent representatives of this era. Here, with the help of water power, air was compressed and then used to drive machines and take care of the ventilation underground. Symbolic of these technical innovations as well as the close connection between water management and mining is the 47-metre-high hydrocompressor tower, built in 1912. It is the last of its type worldwide.

As part of the project TRAFO: HARZ|MUSEUMS|WORLD HERITAGE TRANSFORMS A REGION the exhibition areas at the Knesebeck Shaft have been updated. You can get a first impression of the new elements of the exhibition here:

Video 1: Overview – Listen to former miners telling their stories and discover the power of water!
Video 2: Highlight – The hydrocompressor tower can be seen from far away – but how does it work? 

 

On a guided tour you can learn all about the theme of "pressure".

On a guided tour you can learn all about the theme of "pressure".

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At media terminals you can watch interviews with miners.

At media terminals you can watch interviews with miners.

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The 47-metre-high hydrocompressor tower at Knesebeck Shaft

The 47-metre-high hydrocompressor tower at Knesebeck Shaft

© Stefan Sobotta

Upward view: the miners' changing rooms at Knesebeck Shaft

Upward view: the miners' changing rooms at Knesebeck Shaft

© Stefan Sobotta

OVERVIEW MAP

 

CONTACT

Schachtanlage Knesebeck
Knesebeck 1
37539 Bad Grund
Tel. 05327-2858
knesebeckschacht(at)t-online.de
www.knesebeckschacht.de

 

TIMES OF GUIDED TOURS

May - October:
daily 11:00, 14:00
November - April:
Sundays 11:00, 14:00
Closed on Mondays
(except public holidays)

Underground tour "Eichelberger Wasserlauf" pre-booking required 

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