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Mines and Caves of the Harz

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samson Mine

The former silver mine was in operation from 1521 - 1910 and is one of the most important mountain mines in Germany. Today 190 meters below ground it offers an insight into the history of mining. See two large nine meters water wheels, and two cable drums.

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Knesebeck Mine

The Knesebeck disused mine was constructed in 1855 and was the last operating ore mine in the Upper Harz, closing in 1992. Now a museum you can see a range of underground mining vehicles, two 12 meter high water wheels, a 47 meter high tower hydraulic compressor, which was built in 1912.

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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 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.

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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.

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