Mines of Rammelsberg

The Rammelsberg is a mountain, 635 meters high, on the northern edge of the Harz range, south of the historic town of Goslar in the North German state of Lower Saxony. The mountain is the location of an important ore mine, the only mine which had been working continuously for over 1,000 years when it finally closed in 1988. Since 1992, the visitor mine of Rammelsberg has become a UNESCO World heritage site.

Mining on the Rammelsberg was first mentioned in the records around 968 by the Saxon chronicler, Widukind of Corvey.

After more than 1000 years during which almost 30 million tonnes of ore were extracted, the mine was finally closed by the Preussag company on 30 June 1988 as the mineral deposits had been largely exhausted. A citizens' association argued forcefully against plans to demolish the surface installations and fill in the historic underground mine workings. Consequently the disused mine was developed into a museum to preserve its heritage and display the history of the mine and its industrial equipment.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Goslar (Germany) (3 km), Wernigerode (Germany) (25 km), Hildesheim (Germany) (43 km), Quedlinburg (Germany) (52 km), Autostadt Wolfsburg (66 km), Hannover Zoo (70 km), Barbarossa Cave (71 km), Hannover (Germany) (71 km), Celle (Germany) (85 km), Kassel (Germany) (90 km), German Oil Museum (94 km), Warburg and Wilhelmsthal Calden (97 km), Wittenberg (Germany) (153 km), Fulda (Germany) (158 km), Bremen (Germany) (171 km), Miniature Wonderland (186 km), Hamburg (Germany) (187 km), Bunker Hamburg Central Station (187 km), Potsdam (Germany) (189 km), Tierpark Hagenbeck (192 km)

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