Inselbergstraße 26, 36448 Bad Liebenstein
MAR Sat, Sun 10-18.
APR to DEC Tue-Fri 13:30-22, Sat-Sun 10-22.
Last guided tour 17:30.
Adults EUR 5, Children EUR 3.
Museum Minerals and Crystal Growing: Free.
|Classification:||Copper Mine Silver Mine Cobalt Mine Iron Mine Baryte Mine|
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||D=45 min.|
|Address:||Schaubergwerk Am Aschenberg, Inselbergstraße 26, 36448 Bad Liebenstein, Tel: 036961-30252. E-mail:|
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|1991||End of mining in the Altensteiner Oberland.|
|APR-1994||Exhibition mine opened.|
The Schaubergwerk Am Aschenberg (Show Mine Am Aschenberg) documents 1,000 years of mining tradition in the Liebenstein area. An amusement park was built in the garden of a residential house on Inselsbergstraße on the initiative of the Schönau family. The project was supported by the city administration and the Liebensteiner Bergbauverein (Liebenstein Mining Association).
The tour begins with an old mining railway. The ride on the locomotive with crew car from 1954 in its original condition is a delight for children and railway enthusiasts alike. There are 280 metres of track in the leisure park for this purpose. More mining locomotives and historic mine cars follow.
Then a museum with minerals and mining equipment follows. It documents the mining history of the area with many photographs and documents. This is followed by an exhibition of minerals, ores, fossils and even the bones of a cave bear. This shows the closeness to karst and speleology, the owner is also a speleologist. This exhibition is complemented by miner's tools and equipment. In addition to the museum, the miner's hut houses a souvenir shop and is the meeting point for the underground tours.
The mine itself is easy to navigate as it is almost entirely horizontal. The tour introduces the various tools, machines and techniques that were used in Liebenstein. These include various types of drilling equipment, mine railways and lifts, as well as communication systems.