The Rammelsberg mine is not only a beautiful vestige of the German mining history in Upper Harz, but it was also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. But what makes this former mine site so special? Stay tuned to get to know some interesting facts about a place that holds more than 10 centuries of mining history.
This mine museum is located in Upper Harz in the medieval Old Town of Goslar. Rammelsberg did not only took place in this little historic city but also support its development with the mining activities that were the door to new opportunities there. For example during the 10. Century silver coins were first minted in Goslar, Heinrich II established in the 11. Century a royal palatine there which led to its first Imperial Diet (Reichstag) in 1009. Besides that, Goslar was one of the favorite places for German kings and emperors until 1253.
As we now know, the history of mining on this site goes back to the 10. Century when mainly copper ore was extracted for the bronze production and silver in small quantities for coin production. During this period, until 1988 when the mine was officially closed, more than 30 million tonnes were extracted.
Nowadays people from all over the world come to visit this mine site and thanks the cooperation stated with TU Clausthal the mining engineering students can do practical work underground. As part of this cooperation, the Rammelsberg Mine Museum has joined our Glückauf Project to promote and provide information about the past, present, and future of mining!
Herzlich Willkommen Rammelsberg!!
The presented information was extracted from Goslar’s official website: https://www.goslar.de/tourismus and from the Rammelsberg Mine Museum’s official website: https://www.rammelsberg.de/ueber-uns/ueber-den-rammelsberg/historischer-bergbau/
Photo credits to: A nice lady that agreed to take a picture of us at the mine 🙂
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