Saint Louis Eisenthür

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Location: 5 km from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. Meet the guides at the city centre of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, then drive 5 km with your own cars to the foot of the Neuenberg.
Open: JUL to AUG several departures daily.
SEP to JUN for groups (10+) after appointment only.
Fee: Saint Louis Eisenthür:
Adults EUR 12, Children (5-12) EUR 5, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): School Pupils EUR 6.
Gabe Gottes:
Adults EUR 8, Children (5-12) EUR 4, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): School Pupils EUR 6.
Classification: MineSilver Mine
Light: mining gear provided.
Dimension: L=30 km, T=8 °C.
Guided tours: Saint Louis Eisenthür: L=1,000 m, D=3 h (total), 1 h (underground).
Gabe Gottes: D=2 h (total), 45 min (underground).
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Photography: Allowed
Accessibility: No
Address: Centre du Patrimoine Minier, 4, rue Weisgerber, 68160 Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Tel: 0389-586211, Fax: 0389-586897. 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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1549 Saint Louis Eisenthür opened.
16th cty Heilig Kreuz opened.
18th cty Heilig Kreuz renamed Gabe Gottes.
early 20th cty Gabe Gottes closed.
1980 start of research and restoration of the mines by the ASEPAM.



There are actually two different mines which are guided as show mines, close to the mining town Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in the Alsace. The mines are completed by a mining museum which is located at the town. The museum and the mine tours are operated by the Association Spéléologique pour l'Étude et la Protection des Anciennes Mines (ASEPAM).

Saint Louis Eisenthür is a silver mine, once the richest silver mine of the whole area. The tour of some 1,000 m of underground passages takes about one hour. Because of the necessary preparations and the way to the mine, five kilometers by car and some walking too, the tour takes about three hours in total.

Gabe Gottes is another silver mine in the same mining district. It was opened in the 16th century under the name Heilig Kreuz. In the 18th century it was renamed Gabe Gottes. It was then closed in the early 20th century.

The visitors are equipped with helmet, lamp, rubber boots, and a special raincoat. Nevertheless some personal equipment is necessary. It is advisable to bring good walking shoes for the walk to the mine. Then a warm coat (fleece) and warm socks, because the mine is rather cold. Clothes to change afterwards are advisable too.