Deutsches Schieferbergwerk

Mayen

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The visitors of the unique german slatemine can expect an exciting time travel in the past.

The devonian sea extended 400 million year ago. Today, you can find the pathes of the slate mine 16m under the Genoveva castle.

This museum will show you vividly the work and the everyday life of the miners. You can touch the exhibits in the 340 m long mining maze, since the slate mine offers adventures for all your senses. 

Via a lift, visitors will enter a world of men, machines and dynamite. There is an old mine cart, ropesaws, big walking excavators und 20kg heavy jackhammers in those underground pathes.

The simulated mine card ride is an attraction for both, children and adults.


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Mayen

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Eifelmuseum - Deutsches Schieferbergwerk
Genovevaburg
56727 Mayen
Phone: (0049)2651 498508
Fax: (0049)2651 7017833

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