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Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

The Schneeberg Mine had once been the highest and longest extraction site of silver, lead and zinc in Europe as well, also the one that was active for the longest time in the Alps.

Discover the mystic and exciting mining world! The Schneeberg Mine in Ridnaun was closed in 1967; today it is a popular and exciting cultural destination. At about 2,000 m, visitors will look forward to a mining museum with show room near the mountain hut as well as to a miners’ village, Maria Schnee church and an educational trail.

The mine can be visited with guided tours including a drive with the mine train. A circular tour of Schneeberg mine conveys a comprehensive insight into the 800 years long history above and below ground.

From spring to autumn, visitors can learn more about the hard and dangerous work by the miners as well as about the complex process of ore separation and transport facilities to the valley. In fact, some parts of the original mining machines are activated during the tours.

Absolutely worth a visit is the miners’ chapel St. Magdalena, which was built by the local miners in 1480, equipped with a precious altar by Matthias Stöberl. The Gothic church on a hill in the heart of a wonderful mountain world is a scenic and at the meantime art-historical jewel.