The Rammelsberg Mining Museum
When the Rammelsberg ore mine in Goslar closed in 1988, it had been in operation for around 1,000 years. Some 27 million tons of non-ferrous metal ore, containing zinc, lead, copper, silver & gold, had been excavated by that time, leaving the mine exhausted. Today, the Rammelsberg is a mining museum, and I dare say it is one of the coolest places in the Harz to visit. If it’s your first visit to a mine, be sure to join the mine train tour to get a hint of what mining was like in the mid-20th century. But if you have seen one mine, you’ve seen them all, and in that case the Röder gallery tour will be of greater interest, showing the ingenious hydropower system that enabled the draining of the pit & the hoisting of ore with waterwheels throughout the 19th century.
As interesting as the underground tours is the one through the ore-dressing plant, built on the mountainside in the 1930s, which shows the step-by-step process of pulverizing & concentrating the ores. Tours in German take place multiple times a day and do not require prior registration; tours in English are offered less often, and advance booking is recommended. Children under 4 cannot participate in underground tours. Apart from the guided tours the exhibition at the warehouse will appeal to anyone interested in the social, economic & technical history of the Rammelsberg and the lives of the miners who worked there, and techies will like all the technical equipment, turbines & electrical installations at the power station, and the inclined lift next door.rammelsberg.de