In the Ore Mountains belonging to Germany and the Czech Republic there was more to find than ore – also silver, cobalt and uranium for example. One place where miners digged down deep into the earth was Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany. At the Markus-Röhling-Stolln they gathered silver and cobalt between 1500 and 1857.

Between 1948 and 1953 the GDR searched for uranium here but was unsuccessful. From 1990 on a private association started to collect information about the past and from 1994 on visitors can get access to the mine. Today you can go 600 meters by train into the mine and walk for 500 meters. A guide tells you more about the mine and the life of miners.

A specialty is the restored ancient system to pump water from the mine – a giant wooden wheel has been rebuilt. And fresh air gets into the tunnels via a natural system and no artificial ventilation. At a shop on the grounds you can buy souvenirs but there is no coffee bar. Getting into the Markus-Röhling-Stolln was a nice experience – but you should know that child are only allowed from the age of six on.

Sehmatalstraße 15
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

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