The journey through a fascinating world full of splendor and preciousness begins in the only gem mine in Europe that is open for inspection, the gem mines in the Steinkaulenberg in Idar-Oberstein.
The visitor tunnels are illuminated by spotlights. So you can not only see beautiful agates, but also glittering rock crystals, amethysts, smoky quartz, calcite and others. like. You feel like you are in a fairytale cave.
Expert guides explain the evolution of the gemstones. A visit to the historic mine - located in the middle of a nature reserve - will be an unforgettable experience for everyone. The visitor mine can be visited in normal street clothes. A protective helmet is provided. Inside the mountain, the paths are laid out without steps and slides. For groups of 20 people or more, it is advisable to register with the management.
At the gem camp treasure hunters can try their very best to dig for the coveted gems. Very nice pieces of agate, amethyst, smoky quartz etc. have often been found.
The mining fields - primarily intended for children and adolescents - are filled with minerals and precious stones from all over the world every day. Advance registration required! Registration with the management.
*This offer is carried out as part of the PAUL development program with the participation of the European Union and the state of Rhineland / Palatinate, represented by the Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Food, Winegrowing and Forestry.
FROM 15th MARCH
TILL 15th NOVEMBER!
The Mine for visitors
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
last tour 4 p.m.
(RESERVATION is necessary!!!)
Gem camp and Mining fields
(Make your own outdoor mining experience)
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The event starts on time.
You can spend 2 hours in the square.
Tel. 06781 - 47 400
Fax 06781 - 98 00 30
HIGHLIGHTS & APPROACH: All you have to know
before your visit!
(GPS: 49°43´36"N7° 16´43"O)
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