Besucherbergwerk Zinnkammern Pöhla

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Location: Luchsbachtal 19, 08340 Schwarzenberg, OT Pöhla.
A72 exit 10 Zwickau West, B93 to Schneeberg 16 km, B161, B101 towards Annaberg-Buchholz 17 km, in Raschau turn right towards Pöhla. From Pöhla S271 towards Globenstein, in the suburb Siegelhof turn left into the Luchsbachtal. Signposted.
(50.493207, 12.820234)
Open: JAN to NOV Fri-Sun 10, 14.
School Holidays daily 14.
Closed 23-DEC to 01-JAN.
Fee: Adults EUR 14, Children (6-18) EUR 10, School Pupils EUR 10, Students EUR 10, Apprentices EUR 10, Family (2+*) EUR 38.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 11, Children (6-18) EUR 8.
Classification: MineTin Mine MineUranium Mine TopicSDAG Wismut
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=3 h, Min=10, MinAge=6.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Besucherbergwerk Zinnkammern Pöhla e.V., Luchsbachtal 19, 08340 Schwarzenberg, OT Pöhla, Tel: +49-3774- 81078, Tel: +49-3774-81079, Fax: +49-3774-81079. E-mail: contact
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1967 beginning of mining by SDAG Wismut.
1976/1977 tin ore extraction of the Hämmerlein deposit.
1979 uranium mining at the Tellerhäuser deposit started.
1991 end of mining.
1992 show mine opened to the public.
26-JUN-2006 show mine closed for remodelling.
30-JUN-2007 show mine reopened.


The Hämmerlein deposit is a so-called complex deposit with uranium, tin, tungsten, iron and silver. It was mined in a so-called experimental mining process with a rather low total yield of around 600 tonnes.


The Besucherbergwerk Zinnkammern Pöhla (Tourist mine tin chambers of Pöhla) has as its main attraction, as the name suggests, three huge chambers. They are located more than 3,000 m in the mountain, at a sea level of about 600 m and are reached after a three kilometer long ride on the mine railway. Each mining chamber is about 45 m long, 10 m wide and 12 m high. We strongly recommend warm clothing for such a long ride in the cold mine.

This was probably the most modern mine in the GDR. Mining began here very late, in 1967, and uranium ore was mined for the Soviet Union over a period of 14 years. In the GDR an organization was responsible for this, which had the code name Wismut (bismuth). During a large-scale prospection in the 1950s and 1960s, many abandoned mines were examined or even briefly reactivated. Here, however, mining was carried out without existing old mines. The ore deposits were very productive and were also by far not completely mined. However, mining is no longer economically viable under the present circumstances.

This mine has been operated according to modern standards. For example, machines have already been used on a massive scale to replace muscle power. The galleries were driven by blasting, the boreholes were drilled with drill mounts that could drill several holes at the same time. Afterwards, explosives were pumped into the boreholes from a special vehicle. The explosive was in the form of granules in a tank and was filled into the boreholes with a pump and a hose. Then electric detonators were attached and ignited electrically. This technology is still up-to-date today, so even 30 years later it is still being used in mining and tunnel construction in only slightly modified form. The result was very straight tunnels. This mine can hardly be compared with the narrow, cleft-like, mostly diagonal mining in old mines.

The employees of Wismut had a special status in the GDR. Not only did they earn extremely well, they could also use this money to buy in special shops with a much better assortment. An ordered Trabbi (car produced in GDR) was also delivered with much shorter delivery times. Nevertheless, this job also had its downsides. The drilling produced dust which leads to the well-known silicosis (pneumoconiosis). So many miners died young. often in their 40s. In later years, when the problem became known, the boreholes were flushed with water to bind the dust. It was also compulsory to wear paper masks to filter out the dust. However, the result of these actions was poor, and this was not least due to the miners themselves. The miners stopped flushing manually, because the drilling was faster and the piecework rate was higher. Or because the cold flushing water was very unpleasant, especially when you were drilling in the ceiling and the cold water was flowing all over your body. Standing for hours in cold running water is certainly not healthy.

The mine offers guided tours all year round. It is only closed from Christmas to New Year. The mine used to be open every day, but now, probably as a result of the pandemic, it is only open from Friday to Sunday with two guided tours. During the school holidays, the mine is open every day, but only with one guided tour, the Faszination Bergwerk im Laserlicht (Fascination of the Mine in Laser Light). This tour is slightly shorter and includes a laser show. No normal guided tours are possible during the Advent season, as this is when Mettenschichten, Christmas concerts and other Christmas events take place. Special events are also held in the mine during the rest of the year, but there are no guided tours on these days.