Freiberg Mines (Alte Elisabeth & Reiche Zeche)

Fuchsmühlenweg 9, 09599 Freiberg

Tel. : +49 (0) 3731 394571

www.silberbergwerk-freiberg.de

General

The “Reiche Zeche” mine provides an opportunity to explore Freiberg metal ore mining from the 14th to the 19th century in thematic rides. The “Alte Elisabeth” mine presents some still functional mining technology – and an organ! Yes, this too is part of mining and it is not an entire coincidence that the organ builder Gottfried Silbermann had his famous workshop in Freiberg.

Industrial Heritage

Old and rich

It is often claimed that everything, really everything, comes from mining, but this is disputed. What is undisputed is that the mining in Saxony had its origin in today’s Freiberg. The Saxon “mining capital” developed quickly out of the farming village of Christiansdorf, where in 1168 the first silver ore in the region was discovered. Extensive mining led to the extraction of rich ores, not only silver but also lead, zinc and copper. In addition to numerous mines and iron works came the foundation of an electoral mint and the Mining Academy, which still enjoys a good reputation as Technical University. The picturesque old town, still partly surrounded by walls, and St. Mary's Cathedral, unassuming from the outside, but inside richly blessed with extraordinary art treasures, testify to the former wealth of Freiberg. With the "Terra Mineralia" in Freudenstein Castle, the city also boasts the world's finest collection of minerals. Among the more immediate witnesses to mining, the visitors’ educational mine “Himmelfahrt Fundgrube”, which belongs to the Mining Academy, should be mentioned. The “Reiche Zeche” mine provides an opportunity to explore Freiberg metal ore mining from the 14th to the 19th century in thematic rides. The “Alte Elisabeth” mine presents some still functional mining technology – and an organ! Yes, this too is part of mining and it is not an entire coincidence that the organ builder Gottfried Silbermann had his famous workshop in Freiberg.

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