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Steinkaulenberg Gem Stone Mines

Steinkaulenberg Gem Stone Mines
The interior of the mine and one of the lakes

The only European gemstone mines which are open for visitors, the gemstone mines of Steinkaulenberg, welcome you for a journey through the fascinating realm of sparkling and precious stones. The existence of these mines is in fact the reason for the foundation of the Idar-Oberstein gemstone manufacturing in this spot. With commercial mining having come to a standstill in 1870, the mine has been completely dedicated to hobby mineralogists and gemstone lovers from all over the world. Besides the visitors’ gallery there is also a mining gallery. Here treasure hunters and collectors are free to experience the adventure of mining agates, amethysts, jasper and other quartzes, supervised by experts. The numerous tunnels and galleries are situated right in the middle of a nature reserve. The walk from the car park to the mines along a newly installed geological experience trail provides ten minutes of interesting information. The way to the mines as well as the mines themselves have been adapted to the needs of handicapped people.

Hours: Open daily March 15 - November 15, 9am - 5pm.

Admission: Adults 4.50 €. Concessions 3.50 €, Children 6-16 years 3 €, Children under 6 free.

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Address: Tiefensteiner Str. 87, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Tags: Idar-Oberstein, Gemstones, Mines

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"Hi, Can kid's dig for gem stones and take them home? Thank you, Amy" (posted 03/12/2016)

Yes, the children have to log in and then dig for gems that are hidden, and they take them home.
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Yes ! It can search for gems and be taken home after the tour.
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