Grube Silberhardt

Silberhardt Mine

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Location: A3 to Autobahnkreuz Bonn/Siegburg, A560 towards Hennef, exit Hennef Ost/Eitorf, Siegtalstraße L333 to Rosbach, K1 to the Öttershagener Sportplatz. Public transport: RVK-Linie 334 from Bahnhof Rosbach or Schladern, stop Silberhardt.
Open: APR to OCT first weekend in month, Sat 13-16, Sun 11-16. See website for deatils. [2006]
Fee: Adults EUR 2.50, Children (0-12) EUR 1.50. Groups (15+): Adults EUR 2, Children (0-12) EUR 1. [2006]
Classification: MineSilver Mine MineLead Mine MineIron Mine MineZinc Mine MineCopper Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=150 m, D=45 min.
Bibliography: Jahrbuch 2001 des Rhein-Siegkreises, Rhein-Siegkreis, Der Landrat, Siegburg. ISBN 3-935005-08-3, Seite 140-143.
Ausflugsziele im Bergischen Land, Pomp, Essen und Bottrop, ISBN 3-89355-202-2, Seite 98-100.
Mit Feuer und Wasser, Netzwerk Industriekultur Bergisch Land, Essen, ISBN 3-88474-874-2, Seite 180-181.
Address: Verwaltung der Grube, Harald Patzke, Hauer Straße 8, 51570 Windeck-Öttershagen, Tel: +49-2292-1357, +49-2631-813678.
Infos: WorldVerkehrsverein Windecker Ländchen e.V, Rathausstraße 12, 51570 Windeck-Rosbach, Tel: +49-2292-19433, +49-2292-601107, Fax: +49-2292-601294. E-mail: contact
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12?? probably founded.
1618-1648 in the time of the Thirty Years War, the mine was closed.
17?? reopened.
1920 upper tunnel reopend by Fa. Thyssen.
1924 taken over by Fa. Käsgen.
1926 closed.
1997 start of development as a show mine.
15-NOV-1999 opened to the public.



The young show mine Grube Silberhardt is part of a recently built, so called Montanpark. There is also a 1,5 km long Montanwanderweg (mining walk) showing many remains of the local mining tradition. Still to come are the Fahrbetrieb, the visit of the mine using a mine train, and a mining museum.

The medieval mine produced primarily silver and silver ore. After its reopening in the mid 18th century, silver, lead, iron, zinc and copper were mined.