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The Ottiliae Shaft in Clausthal-Zellerfeld –

visit Europe's oldest iron head frame

 
From 1878 to 1930 the Ottiliae Shaft was the central hoisting shaft for silver, lead and zinc ore in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. The iron head frame from 1876 is the oldest remaining example of its type in Europe. In order to create further electrical energy using the Upper Harz Water Management System, a cavern power station was installed 365 metres underground in the Ernst August Gallery. Until 1980 its turbines produced electric power for the PREUSSAG works in Bad Grund, Oker and at the Rammelsberg. Since 1985 the historic monument Ottiliae Shaft has been part of the Upper Harz Mining Museum, including the mining railway on the surface, which was reconstructed in 1990.

The Ottiliae Shaft is an external location of the Upper Harz Mining Museum.

Learn more about ore mining in Clausthal at the Ottiliae Shaft.

Learn more about ore mining in Clausthal at the Ottiliae Shaft.

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Go walking at the Ottiliae Shaft in Clausthal-Zellerfeld …

Go walking at the Ottiliae Shaft in Clausthal-Zellerfeld …

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… or enjoy a ride on the historic mining railway to the Ottiliae Shaft.

… or enjoy a ride on the historic mining railway to the Ottiliae Shaft.

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A highlight of industrial archaeology: the iron head frame from 1876 is the oldest of its type that still survives in Europe.

A highlight of industrial archaeology: the iron head frame from 1876 is the oldest of its type that still survives in Europe.

© Stefan Sobotta

A special experience:
Travel with the historic mining railway to the Ottiliae Shaft.


Departure: Station "Alter Bahnhof" at the ZOB, Bahnhofstraße, Clausthal-Zellerfeld
May - August: Sundays and public holidays 11:00 and 14.30
September - October: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 11:00 and 14:30

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CONTACT

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

 

LOCATION

Am Ottiliaeschacht
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

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