Grube Clara

Mineralienhalde Grube Clara

Useful Information

Location: Oberwolfach
Open: APR to JUN Mon-Sat 9-17.
JUL to 04-SEP Mon-Sat 9-17, Sun 10-17.
05-SEP to OKT Mon-Sat 9-17.
Big heaps: 30-APR-2011, 01-MAI-2011, 06-AUG-2011, 07-AUG-2011, 08-OKT-2011, 09-OKT-2011.
Fee: Adults EUR 12, Children (4-14) EUR 4,50, Family (2+2) EUR 20.
Classification: MineFluorite Mine MineBaryte Mine MineFee Mining
Light: n/a
Guided tours:  
Address: Mineralienhalde Grube Clara UG haftungsbeschänkt, Kirnbacher Str. 3, 77709 Wolfach, Tel: +49-07834-867772. E-mail: contact
Sachtleben Bergbau GmbH & Co. KG, Meistergasse 14, 77756 Hausach, Tel: +49-7831-96859-0, Fax: +49-7831-96859-29. E-mail: contact
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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1652 first written mention.
1726 mining of silver abandoned after only one year.
1769 opening of the Grube Wenzel and Grube Friedrich-Christian.
1782 mines not rentable and closed.
1826 Bergwerksverein "Kinzigtaler" founded.
1850 start of baryte mining.
1857 mining stopped.
1898 mining reopened.
1907 cable car to the Benauer Berg built.
1967 cable car abandoned.
1996 production of silver ore concentrates.



In the Grube Clara (Clara mine) the minerals barite and fluorite are mined. It is located at Oberwolfach in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). The mine is a working mine, mined continually for over 100 years, and i nt open to the public. So this is not anormal show mine. The site is actually the overburden heap of the mine. This is easy to understand if you know, that the Grube Clara is world famous for it wide variety of more than 350 different minerals which can be found here. So the actual sight is not he mine, its the Mineralienhalde Grube Clara, which are said to be the only overburden mineral heap of Europe.

The overburden heaps of the mine were open to the public for many years. Because of new laws concerning security regulations of overburden heaps, the was in danger in 2007. As a result the Mineralienhalde Grube Clara was founded as an autonomous company, which allows collectors to search the overburden. Collectors pay a daily fee and have a certain amount ofrocks free, additional rocks have to be payed by weight. The collecting is done on a separate ground, the material is replaced daily with fresh overburden from the mine. Several times a year it is possible to collect on the so-called Große Halden, the original overburden heaps of the mine.