Bergbaumuseum Fohnsdorf

Montanmuseum Fohnsdorf

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Location: Fohnsdorf. (47°12'2.89"N, 14°40'53.12"E)
Open: MAY to OCT daily 9-17. [2007]
Fee: Adults EUR 5, School Pupils EUR 3, Military EUR 3.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4, School Pupils EUR 2.50, Military EUR 2.50.
Classification:  Coal Mine, lignite
Light: electric.
Guided tours: L=160m.
Address: Bergbaumuseum Fohnsdorf, Schacht 1, 8753 Fohnsdorf, Tel: +43-3573-4647, Tel: +43-3573-5231, Fax 03573-4647. E-mail: contact
Gemeinde Fohnsdorf, 8753 Fohnsdorf, Tel: +43-3573-2431-234.
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1670begin of mining east of Dietersdorf under Fürst Schwarzenberg.
1842mine taken over by K.K. Montan-Aerar, coal used for iron furnaces.
1855Graf Hugo Henkel von Donnersmark buys land and the right to mine it.
1857start of Lorenz-Schacht und Josef-Schacht.
1869mine bought by the Steirische Eisenindustriegesellschaft.
1870railroad Zeltweg-Fohnsdorf-Antoni built.
1881mine bought by the Österreichische Alpine-Montangesellschaft.
1882start of Karl-August Schacht.
1884start of Wodzicki-Schacht.
1913two fuel driven locomotives with 8 horse powers.
192880m high furnaces installed.
1940water in the mine, 850m deep, 750 liter/minute, 39°C, 82 At pressure, in the Wodzicki Förderschacht.
1943101 miners die in an explosion in the Karl-August Schacht.
1975retraining centre built.
1977part of the mine preserved as a monument.
1978mine closed.
05-MAY-1983Montanmuseum Fohnsdorf inaugurated.


The lignite mine at Fohnsdorf was once the deepest lignite mine on earth. The mining museum shows numerous exhibits from this era, including pictures, documents and old tools and machinery. Impressive are various models of the mine and its machinery. A 160m long mine tunnel is used as a show mine.

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