La mine St Nicolas

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Location: Steinbach
Open: All year Sat 14:30-17.
Classification: MineLead Mine MineSilver Mine MineIron Mine MineCopper Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=250 m.
Address: Groupe Minéralogique "Potasse", Dr. Mary Bernard, 12 rue des moulins, 68700 Cernay, Tel: 0389-756508. E-mail: contact
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15th cty first mining.
1633 mining destroyed by the Swedish occupants under the command of Bernard Saxe Weimar (Thirty Years War).
1695 mine St Nicolas ropened.
~1850 mining declined.
1871 Alsace annexed by Prussia.
1874 mine reopened by the German owners.
1902 first mine closed.
1904 end of mining.
1989 restauration of the mine.


The rocks around Silberthal contain veins of polymetallic ores, mostly galena and chalcopyrite in quartz and barite. The veins were up to 60 cm wide. The ore is of very good quality, typically "45 to 64 pounds of lead and 1/2 to 1 loth silver per quintal of ore". This means 45 to 64% lead and 0.03% to 0.06% silver content.


La mine St Nicolas (The mine of St Nicolas) is located at the mining dirstrict Steinbach. It was renovated since 1989 by the club minéralogique "POTASSE" (mineral club Potash). The entrance was collapsed, so a section of about seven meters had to be reopened.

The mine was operated from the 17th century to the early 20th century. The passages show the marks of their creation with a hammer and chisel, and they are trucated by later passages built with the use of explosives. During the 18th century ventilation shafts were created to provide better air.