|Location:||Fohnsdorf. (47°12'2.89"N, 14°40'53.12"E)|
|Open:||MAY to OCT daily 9-17. |
Adults EUR 5, School Pupils EUR 3, Military EUR 3.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4, School Pupils EUR 2.50, Military EUR 2.50.
|Classification:||Coal Mine, lignite|
|Guided tours:||L=160 m.|
Bergbaumuseum Fohnsdorf, Schacht 1, 8753 Fohnsdorf, Tel: +43-3573-4647, Tel: +43-3573-5231, Fax 03573-4647.
Gemeinde Fohnsdorf, 8753 Fohnsdorf, Tel: +43-3573-2431-234.
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1670||begin of mining east of Dietersdorf under Fürst Schwarzenberg.|
|1842||mine taken over by K.K. Montan-Aerar, coal used for iron furnaces.|
|1855||Graf Hugo Henkel von Donnersmark buys land and the right to mine it.|
|1857||start of Lorenz-Schacht und Josef-Schacht.|
|1869||mine bought by the Steirische Eisenindustriegesellschaft.|
|1870||railroad Zeltweg-Fohnsdorf-Antoni built.|
|1881||mine bought by the Österreichische Alpine-Montangesellschaft.|
|1882||start of Karl-August Schacht.|
|1884||start of Wodzicki-Schacht.|
|1913||two fuel driven locomotives with 8 horse powers.|
|1928||80 m high furnaces installed.|
|1940||water in the mine, 850 m deep, 750 liter/minute, 39 °C, 82 At pressure, in the Wodzicki Förderschacht.|
|1943||101 miners die in an explosion in the Karl-August Schacht.|
|1975||retraining centre built.|
|1977||part of the mine preserved as a monument.|
|05-MAY-1983||Montanmuseum Fohnsdorf inaugurated.|
The lignite mine at Fohnsdorf was once the deepest lignite mine on earth. The mining museum shows numerous exhibits from this era, including pictures, documents and old tools and machinery. Impressive are various models of the mine and its machinery. A 160 m long mine tunnel is used as a show mine.