The Knesebeck mine belonged to the “Help of Gods” mine, the last ore mine in the Harz, which was closed in 1992. Hydropower plants of several generations can be visited in the extensive open-air area – from mechanical to pneumatic and electrical energy use. Landmark in the centre of the complex is the 47m high hydrocompressor tower from 1912/13. As part of the Upper Harz Water Management, he produced compressed air energy for mining until 1977. Today, it is the only surviving one of its kind in the world.
Artfully bricked sweeping and artificial wheel rooms from the founding period of 1855 and the unusual shaft scaffolding including the conveyor and compressor house from 1923 form a unique World Heritage ensemble. The visitor tunnels and the Eichelberg watercourses offer exciting adventures especially for children. Mine fans, electric locomotives or diesel-powered special vehicles testify to the great challenge of extracting ore from depths of up to 900m.
37539 Bad Grund
May – Oct daily 11 a.m., 2 p.m., Nov – April sundays 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Monday (except holidays) rest day
Underground-Day Tour “Eichelberger Wasserlauf” after registration from museum