Saint Louis Eisenthür

Mine Gabe Gottes - L'Aventure des Mines

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Location: 5 rue Kroeber Imlin, 68160 Sainte Marie aux Mines.
5 km from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. Meet the guides at the city centre of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, then drive 5 km with your own cars to the foot of the Neuenberg.
(48.244382, 7.180965)
Open: All year Wed, Sat, Sun, Hol 14.
School Holidays daily 14.
Summer Holidays daily 13, 14, 15:30.
Fee: Adults EUR 9, Children EUR 6.
Classification: MineSilver Mine
Light: mining/caving gear provided.
Dimension: L=30 km, T=8 °C.
Guided tours: Gabe Gottes: D=2 h (total), 45 min (underground), Min=2, Max=10.
Saint Louis Eisenthür: L=1,000 m, D=3 h (total), 1 h (underground).
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Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Centre du Patrimoine Minier, 4, rue Weisgerber, 68160 Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Tel: 0389-586211, Fax: 0389-586897. E-mail: contact
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1549 Saint Louis Eisenthür opened.
16th century Heilig Kreuz opened.
1570 Saint-Louis Eisenthür mine closed.
18th century Heilig Kreuz renamed Gabe Gottes.
1940 Gabe Gottes closed.
1980 start of research and restoration of the mines by the ASEPAM.
1988 opened to the public.



There are actually two different mines which are guided as show mines, close to the mining town Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in the Alsace. The mines are completed by a mining museum which is located at the town. The museum and the mine tours are operated by the Association Spéléologique pour l'Étude et la Protection des Anciennes Mines (ASEPAM).

Gabe Gottes is a former silver mine which was opened in the 16th century under the name Heilig Kreuz (Holy Cross). In the 18th century it was renamed Gabe Gottes. It was the last mine, which operated in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and was closed in 1940.

The visitors are equipped with helmet, lamp, rubber boots, and a special raincoat. Nevertheless, some personal equipment is necessary. It is advisable to bring good walking shoes for the walk to the mine. Then a warm coat (fleece) and warm socks, because the mine is rather cold. Dry clothes and a towel to change afterwards are advisable too.

Saint Louis Eisenthür is a silver mine, once the richest silver mine of the whole area. The tour of some 1,000 m of underground passages takes about one hour. Because of the necessary preparations and the trip to the mine, five kilometers by car and some walking too, the tour takes about three hours in total. This is a cave trekking, or better a "mine trekking" tour which requires physical fitness and full caving gear. These tours are available only by reservation.