Ottiliae Schacht

The Ottiliae shaft in Clausthal-Zellerfeld is a literally outstanding monument of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Harz. The shaft scaffolding from 1876 is the oldest surviving iron conveyor structure in Europe – probably in the world.

Ottiliae was the central conveying shaft for silver, lead and cinnamon candle of the Clausthal mountain inspection from 1878 to 1930. In order to further generate energy from the Upper Harz water industry, a caving power station was installed on the Ernst-August-Stollen – 365 m underground – in 1942. Until 1980, Pelton turbines from the KRAWA (Power and Water Management) operations department generated energy for the PREUSSAG plants in Grund, Oker and Goslar-Rammelsberg. Since 1985, the Ottiliae shaft with the day conveyor railway, which was reconstructed in 1990, has been part of the Oberharzer Museum. Discover the Ottiliae shaft as part of a guided tour.

Ottiliae shaft
World Heritage Sites
At the Ottiliae shaft
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld


Signposted from B 242, exit Clausthal-Seesen
Arrival with the historic “Tagesförderbahn” from alter station at The ZOB, Bahnhofstraße, Clausthal-Zellerfeld

May – Oct. Saturdays 2.30 pm, Sundays, holidays 11 am, 2.30 pm
Guided tour with machine operation
May – Oct 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays 11.30am, 3pm
Group registration possible at any time