Schmittenstollen in Niederhausen

At approximately 420 metres above sea level, the Lemberg is home not only to many mining peculiarities but also to a cultural-historical treasure:  a medieval cinnabar mine, the Schmittenstollen, the only mercury mine in Western Europe to have been developed as a visitor mine.

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The Schmittenstollen is located directly on the Vitaltour Mysterious Lemberg and can be wonderfully integrated into the hike. There is also a visitor and hiker car park in the Feilbingert forest (signposted). From there, it is an approximately 700-metre walk to the mine. 

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History

The cult site on the Lemberg, dedicated to the god Mercury, suggests that mining was already practised there by the Romans. There is evidence of mining dating back to the 15th century with three main operating periods, the last from 1936 to 1942, during which cinnabar ores were mined. In the tunnels that are open to visitors today, you can view tunnels from the late Middle Ages, worked only with hammers and iron, and tunnels worked with machines and explosives during the last century.


The underground experience with professional guides gives visitors an idea of the conditions under which generations of miners extracted ore from the Lemberg over the centuries.
With a temperature of approx. 8 degrees Celsius and clean air, this is a refreshing treat for allergy sufferers. A wine and beer garden with small regional specialities, local beers, excellent Nahe wines and fruit juices invites you to linger a bit and relax, surrounded by nature. The barbecue area complements the rustic offer and, on request, is perfect for family, company and club celebrations.

mine adventure playground with an “Auntie Emma locomotive“, tree quiz, insect hotel, a “green classroom“ and a herb garden ensure that young children and schoolchildren of all ages will never have a dull moment. Of course, you can also find small “gems“ on the mine site.  In addition to the traditional Forest Festival in May and the „Bavarian Festival“ in October, the “Forest Stage“ offers a Sunday concert with talented artists once a month.

Opening hours

From April to November:
Wine & Beer Garden Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays: 11 am - 6 pm

Tours by appointment only
Minimum number of participants: 4 persons, maximum 12 persons
First tour 11 am – last tour 4 pm (or as arranged)

On request, tours can also be conducted in English, Russian, Dutch or Portuguese.

Prices

Adults

Single ticket: € 7.00
Groups of 12 persons or more: € 6.50 per person
Groups of 40 persons or more: € 6.00 per person
Severely handicapped, tourist pass (Kurkarte) holders, voucher holders: € 6.00

Children/Adolescents

Per person: € 6.00
Groups of 12 persons or more: € 5.50 per person
Groups of 40 persons or more: € 5.00 per person

Family ticket

Parents or grandparents with up to three children: € 19.00
extra charge for additional children

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