Schaubergwerk "Herkules-Frisch-Glück" Waschleithe


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Location: Am Fürstenberg 6, 08344 Grünhain-Beierfeld OT Waschleithe.
B101 between Schlema and Annaberg-Buchholz, at Schwarzenberg take Elterleiner Straße towards Waschleithe, after 3.6 km turn left. Signposted.
(50.552088, 12.825361)
Open: All year Tue-Sun 13, 14, 15.
[2023]
Fee: Adults EUR 8, Children (4-) EUR 4, Family EUR 20.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 7, Children EUR 3.
[2023]
Classification: Polymetallic: iron, copper, arsen, zinc, lead and silver. Marble.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension:
Guided tours: D=60 min, St=250, VR=80 m, MinAge=4.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: No, 250 steps
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Address: Schaubergwerk "Herkules-Frisch-Glück", Am Fürstenberg 6, 08344 Grünhain-Beierfeld OT Waschleithe, Tel: +49-3774-24252.
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History

1688 Fundgrube Frisch Glück first mentioned in a mining report of the mining authority Annaberg.
1705 Mining of silver, copper, lead, zinc blende and some ironstone.
1793 "Herkules" mine first mentioned.
1830 Revival of the Fundgrube Frisch Glück with an investment of 2,500 talers by the state.
1855 Establishment of a Gewerkschaft (miner union).
1906 Merger of the two mines under the name "Herkules-Frisch-Glück", begin of marble mining.
1916 mining ended.
1921 mine deleted in the mining authority files.
1926 Educational and show mine opened to the public by the Erzgebirge tourist association.
1939 show mine closed because of World War II.
1947-1951 Unsuccessful exploration for uranium ore by SDAG Wismut.
1964 show mine reconstructed by mining aprentices from the miners school SDAG Wismut Schlema.
1966 reopened as a show mine.

Geology

A typical hydrothermal polymetallic gangue deposit. A vein with scheelite is exposed in the show mine. The tungsten ore fluoresces intensely blue under short-wave UV light. Another specialty is the location in marble.

Description

The Herkules-Frisch-Glück mine is the oldest show mine of Saxonia. It was opened as a show mine by the Verkehrsverein Erzgebirge (Tourism Club Erzgebirge). But with the beginning of World War II in 1939 the show mine was closed. Between 1947 and 1951 SAG Wismut was searching for uranium ores in this mine, obviously with no result. So the show mine was reconstructed from 1964 by mining apprentices from the miners school SDAG Wismut Schlema. In 1966 the show mine was reopened.

This site is exceptional for the geologic situation, polymetalic ores in combination with marble. The highlights of the tour are the Kleine Marmorsaal (Small Marble Hall) and the Grosse Marmorsaal (Big Marble Hall) and a subterranean lake. In addition, there is a stamping mill, an ore washing plant, a mine forge, and a working racing furnace.

There are numerous events inside the mine, like concerts and an event locally called Mettenschicht. This was the last shift before Christmas, where work ended a bit earlier and then the men made a little Christmas ceremony and got a meal, typically sausages, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. And of course there was schnaps and a cigar. Today this tradition is revived in the weeks before Christmas for the tourists. There are also special tours for children from the age of 4. They are allowed to do some mining with hammer and chisel and mine some marble. The mine is also used for underground marriages.