The ore mines of the Rammelsberg are the only mines in the world which were in uninterrupted operation for over 1000 years. It and the medieval Old Town of Goslar with the Imperial Palace were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. Ten centuries of mining history are documented in the Rammelsberg, which shut down in 1988, leaving a large inventory of mining monuments: the slag heaps (10th century), the Rathstiefste Gallery (one of the oldest and best maintained galleries of German mining, 12th century), the Feuergezähe Vault (oldest underground stone-masonry mine chamber in Europe, 13th century), the Maltermeister Tower (the oldest above ground structure of German mining, 15th century), the Roeder Gallery (18th/19th century) with two original water wheels, and the above ground mining plant from the 1930’s.
With its wealth of nearly 30 million tonnes of ore the Rammelsberg influenced the history and development of the town of Goslar. The silver- and copper-rich Rammelsberg gave Heinrich II the impetus to establish a royal palatinate here in the 11th century; in 1009 the first imperial diet was held in Goslar. Goslar was a favourite residence of German kings and emperors until 1253. Trade in metals led to membership in the Hanseatic League.
Guided tours and Exhibits
Roeder Gallery Tour and Mine Railway Tour: several times daily
Ore Dressing Plant: daily at 1:45 pm or pre-booking required
Adventure Tour with Tscherper-Meal in the mine: pre-booking required
Foreign language tours: pre-booking required
Extensive complex of museum buildings in the above-ground plant with exhibits of geologic and cultural history of the Rammelsberg: open daily
Further information at: www.rammelsberg.de (external link)
Adventures for young people at the World Heritage Site Rammelsberg
Exciting exhibitions, huge underground water wheels or a rumbling mining railway are not all that the Rammelsberg has to intrigue young people; it is also the perfect location for birthday parties both exciting and educational: one can go on a treasure hunt or train to be a miner. There is a wide variety of offerings for the entire family.
Daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except 24th and 31st December),
last underground mine tour (Roeder Gallery Tour) 3:30 p.m.
April til November 3rd 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum admission plus a guided tour
Adult EUR 16.00
Children/Youth EUR 9.00
Groups of 15 and more (per person): Museum and a guided tour
Adult EUR 13.00
Children/Youth EUR 7.00
from four years old
Weltkulturerbe Rammelsberg - Museum und Besucherbergwerk
Bergtal 19, 38640 Goslar
Phone 0049 (0) 5321-750-0, Fax 0049 (0) 5321-750-130
Bookings for groups and foreign language tours: 0049 (0) 5321-750-122