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Location: Am Goldberg 6A, 95497 Goldkronach.
Goldberg near Goldkronach.
Open: MAY to SEP Sun 11-17.
OCT to MAR closed for bat protection.
Fee: Adults EUR 1.50, Children (12-16) EUR 0.50, Children (0-11) free.
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Besucherbergwerk "Schmutzlerzeche", Am Goldberg, 95497 Goldkronach, Tel: +49-9273-9841. E-mail: contact
Touristinfo, Marktplatz 2, 95497 Goldkronach, Tel: +49-9273-9840, Fax: +49-9273-96380. E-mail: contact
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~1400 first mentioned.
1607 Grubenbericht (mine report).
1718 Grubenbericht (mine report).
1981 developed as a show mine.
1985 opened to the public.
1993 closed due to staff shortage.
1993 restored by volunteers and reopened.


Mittlerer Schmutzler Stollen. Public Domain.

The main dyke is running from north to south through the Goldberg, from the village Brandholz to the village Goldkronach. The gold bearing dykes are quartz surrounded by phylittic clay slate, diabas dykes and hyllitic gneiss. The gold ore is gold bearing pyrite (FeS2) with a gold content of 400g to 1kg gold per ton ore. The dyke contains a nuber of other minerals.


This mine is named Grube "Schmutzler" (Schmutzler mine), but also Schmutzlerstollen (Schmutzler tunnel) or Schmutzlerzeche (Schmutzler pit). It is located west of Goldkronach on the Goldberg. It is reached on the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Lehrpfad, a trail dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt which connect 40 historic mining sites. The show mine is located at the former Mittlerer Stollen (middle tunnel) of the mine, which was opened to the public by volunteers. It is possible to see 35 m of the tunnel.

The mine is operated since the Middle Ages. it is first mentioned around 1400. At this time it was known under the name shmutzhart. The tunnel still shows the traces of the manual work of the medieval miners and an outcrop of the gold bearing quartz dyke. This dyke contained golt ore with an amount of 20g to 50g gold per hundredweight ore.