Mining in the neighbourhood

The Upper Harz region is characterised by mining. Silver, lead, copper and, most recently, zinc were mined here. But it wasn't just towns like Wildemann or Clausthal-Zellerfeld that were important for the prospering economy.

The towns of Goslar, Sankt Andreasberg, Lautenhals and Bad Grund in the surrounding area also made a significant contribution. Visit the mining towns and learn more about their exciting history.

Rammelsberg ore mine

The ore mine was in operation for over 3,000 years - copper, lead and zinc were mined continuously. The mine was closed in 1988. Over the course of time, around 30 million tonnes of ore were extracted. In 1992, the former ore mine was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the historic centre of Goslar.

©Tatiana Zavareze Domingo

Samson mine Sankt Andreasberg

The Samson mine in Sankt Andreasberg is the only completely preserved mine in the entire Oberharz region. It was once considered the deepest mine in the world. As an international machine monument, the only still operational "travelling art" exists here. Since 2010, this mine has also been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Rammelsberg Mine, Goslar Old Town and Oberharz Water Management System".

©Jochen Klähn

Silver mine Lautenthal's luck

The former Lautenthals Glück silver ore mine brought prosperity to the area with its silver ore deposits and mining. In the mining museum, the history is not only vividly explained, but rides on the mine railway in the historic tunnels are also offered.

©Christian Möhler

Knesebeck Bad Grund

The Knesebeck mine was only shut down in 1992 as the "Hilfe Gottes" mine in Bad Grund. It is therefore the last ore mine in the Oberharz. The site is a listed building. The technical development from the middle of the last century to the end of operations is on display in the Knesebeck Mine Museum.

Mining Bad Grund Oberharz