Slate Show Mine Fell
The Slate Show Mine Barbara-Hoffnung in the Nossern Valley between Fell and Thomm consists of a typical two-story roofing slate mine from the turn of the 20th century. The two shafts are joined by a stair shaft about 330 ft/100 m long. A tour lasts about an hour, with the accessible stretch being about 1/3 mi/450 m long.
The show mine organizers have put together a small surprise and a welcome greeting: Every 1,000th visitor as well as all the visitors whose “number” is a repeated digit (22, for example) receive a surprise of “Stone and Wine,” the motto of the Fell Community.
About 300 ft/70 m belowground, the visitor can see up close the heavy and dangerous work of the slate miners demonstrated by life-size figures, the so-called “Leyenbrecher” (rock breakers).The long shafts are astounding, the underground waste heaps, and the massive shaft supporting walls, the impressive underground “cathedral”, the highest “room and pillar” chamber of the Nossern Valley. Expert guides explain the technique of slate mining and the finishing process for roofing slate tiles.
During preparations for the mine hiking trail project, it was planned to establish a show mine to give visitors the opportunity to see inside the impressive mine shafts where roofing slate was mined under often the most difficult conditions in large “rooms.”
April 1 - October 31: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(last guided tour at 5 p.m.)
Children under 6 y.o.: free of charge
Children 6 - 16 y.o.: € 4.00
Adults: € 6.50
Groups from 15 adults (prior reservation required) per adult: € 5.50
Groups from 15 children/adolescents (prior reservation required) per child/adolescent: € 3.80
Groups from 30 adults (prior reservation required) per adult: € 5.20
Groups from 30 children/adolescents (prior reservation required) per child/adolescent: € 3.50
School classes, only as a class group (class trip, class outing), or pre-school groups receive a 10 % discount.
Individuals and families are not required to make reservations during the mine opening hours. We request prior reservation for larger groups. Group tours are also possible outside opening hours. The same admission prices apply for special tours as the prices for individual visitors. The minimum fee for special tours outside opening hours is € 90.00.
Tours belowground: a tour starts about every 60 minutes.
Duration of underground tour: about 1 hour.