Grube Anna-Elisabeth

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Location: Schriesheim an der Bergstraße, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis. North of Heidelberg
A5 (E35) exit Ladenburg-Schriesheim, L536 to the village, turn right on B3, then left on road to Altenbach. On the left side.
(49.477917, 8.673611)
Open: 18-MAR to 04-NOV Sun, Hol 11-16:30, last entry.
Fee: Adults EUR 3.50, Children (4-14) EUR 2.40.
Classification: MineSilver Mine MineAlum Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=12 °C.
Guided tours:  
Address: Besucherbergwerk Grube Anna-Elisabeth, Talstraße 157, 69198 Schriesheim, Tel: +49-6203-68167, Fax: +49-6203-660186. E-mail: contact
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1473 first written mention, silver mining.
1545 mine closed first time.
1701 mine reopened, mining of iron and copper vitriol ores.
1782 Sudhaus for the production of vitriol errected.
1817 mine closed.
1943 bis 1945 used as air raid shelter.
1985 protected as historic monument.
1987 opened to the public.



The Grube Anna-Elisabeth was first mined at about the some time the nearby castle Strahlenburg, the landmark of Schriesheim, was built. The castke was built by the Ritter von Strahlenber with the revenue of the mine. The remaining silver was used to buy the surrounding villages of Altneudorf, Vorderheubach, Hinterheubach und Heiligkreuzsteinach. But when the silver ore was exhausted the mine was closed.

The second mining era was more than 150 years later, but then a different ore was mined. Iron sulfate or iron vitriol (FeSO4) was used for the production of ink. Unfortunately this was not very profitable. But this changed when the Saxon miner Eugen Schulmeister started to mine copper vitriol in the rear part of the mine in 1780. Because of the high quality of the ore, there was a good revenue for some decades.