Besucherbergwerk Gleißinger-Fels


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Location: Near Fichtelberg, between Neubau and Fleckl.
A9 exit 39 Bad Berneck, B303 (E48) through Bad Berneck to Bischofsgrün,
(50° 0'34.40"N, 11°50'25.07"E)
Open: APR to OCT daily 10-17.
24-DEC to 07-JAN daily 10-17.
[2008]
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (14-17) EUR 3.50, Children (4-13) EUR 2.50.
Gruppen (20+): Adults EUR 4.50, Children (14-17) EUR 3, Children (4-13) EUR 2.
[2007]
Classification: MineIron Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension:
Guided tours: D=75 min.
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Address: Besucherbergwerk Gleißinger-Fels, An der Panoramastraße, 95686 Fichtelberg, Tel: +49-9272-848. E-mail: contact
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History

Geology

The Ochsenkopf, the best-known mountain in the Fichtelgebirge, is home to various mineral resources. It is a granite intrusion, which can easily be recognised by the granite chunks with wool-sack weathering on the summit. In the process, molten rock, magma, rose, but it did not reach the earth's surface and got stuck. The magma cooled relatively slowly to granite, heating the surrounding rocks. Convection currents of groundwater occurred, which in turn leached the rock and deposited the dissolved substances in the form of minerals and ores in fissures.

The ore that was mined at the Fichtelberg is so-called Silbereisen (silver iron). This is a micaceous iron ore, which has been given this name locally because of its silvery colour. Since this is a purely local name, the claim that the Gleißinger Fels visitor mine is the only silver iron mine in the world that can be visited as an exhibition mine is also obviously true. Moreover, it is a rather abstruse statement.

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