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Mines and Caves


Discover were the silver wealth of the Harz came from and learn about the lives of the miners. Explore the rich historic mining landscape, declared in parts a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upper Harz Mining Museum

The Upper Harz Mining Museum is a museum of technological and cultural history in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. It is one of the oldest technological museums in Germany and concentrates on the history and presentation of mining in the Upper Harz up to the 19th century. It was founded in 1892 and has since been visited by more than 5.5 million people. The exhibitions in the main building, the outdoor facilities and especially the tour of the tunnel system of the mine's leave a lasting impression.

Unicorn Cave

"Unicorn Cave" - even the name of this cave sounds mysterious. For hundreds of years, digging for the bones of the unicorn had been the foremost interest. The cave has been famous and well known even far beyond the Harz-mountains. The bones were ground down to powder in a mortar and sold as "Unicornu fossile" ("excavated unicorn"), a much esteemed medicine over the whole of Europe.

Barbarossa Cave

Enter Barbarossa's underground palace, rich in wonders and mysteries, and experience the fascinating combination of nature and history! Combined with the most popular German legend a visit to the geologically extravagant Barbarossa Cave is an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Take this unique opportunity to learn interesting things about an exciting part of German history as well as about the history of our earth and geology.

World Heritage Rammelsberg

The Rammelsberg is a mountain, 635m high, on the northern edge of the Harz, south of the town of Goslar in the north German state of Lower Saxony. The mountain is the location of an important mine, the only mine which had been working continuously for over 1,000 years when it finally closed in 1988. Since 1992, the visitors' mine of Rammelsberg has become a UNESCO World heritage site.

Hohlen Erlebnis Zentrum

How far back in your family history can you go? If you are lucky you may be able to trace it back 200 - 300 years, possible a bit longer, but here in Bad Grund there is an amazing story going back 3000 years. In the Hohlen Erlebnis Zentrum Iberger Cave the remains of a Bronze Age family were found. In 2007 scientist asked for local volunteers to come forward and provide genetic samples by use of cotton swabs.