In the heart of the forest, Silberthal valley contains many deposits of iron and lead. With almost 200 mining works in under a 3km² radius, Steinbach valley has experienced many ups and downs, from the start of its activity around 1250 to its final closure in 1905. It is in this natural setting that the Saint Nicolas Mine, the Donnerloch Mine and the Erzenbach mines lead visitors on an exploration of 1000 years of iron and silver lead mining and on the trails of the miners. You can find out about these three sites and their geological and natural treasures by following one of the three discovery routes signposted with information boards or by taking a guided visit.
Open all year round
Saint Nicolas Mine :
Visits all year round on Saturdays from 2.30 to 5 pm and on appointment.
Summer visits :
Saturdays ans Sundays at 10, 11 am and 2, 3 or 4 pm.
Fridays on appointment
Information : Association Potasse +333 89 75 65 08 or at the Tourist Office of Thann-Cernay +333 89 75 50 35.
Clairière du Silberthal (Clearing) :
Archaeological and geological exhibition (minerals, historic remains and exploration of the history of the mines).
Open on Saturdays from 14:30 to 17:00.
Clairière du Silberthal - 68700 STEINBACH
+333 89 75 50 35
All visits are free of charge
see also :
- The Wesserling discovery trail
- South Gate to the Alsace Wine Route in Thann
- The Clog Gallery at Kruth
- Cottage craftworkers
- The François Schneider Foundation
- ceramic factory in Guewenheim
- The Thur Doller Alsace train
- Storckensohn Oil Mill
- geology house Sentheim
- Kelsch weaving in Sentheim
- The Wesserling Park