Brügmanschacht (Schacht I)
The history of the oldest passable potash mine in the world begins on 1 May 1893 with the sinking of Shaft I (Brügman Shaft). About two years later when the last shaft had been sunk, the mine reached a depth of 670 meters. Mining of the "white gold" continued for nearly 100 years and yielded up to 2.5 million tons of potash per year. The still visible spoil heap, which holds the overburden or waste removed from the mine, helps us to imagine the enormity of the hollow spaces created 700 to 1050 meters below the surface of the Earth.
The network of underground tunnels has a dimension comparable to that of the road network in the city of Erfurt. Parts of it can be seen from the visitors' vehicles during a guided tour.
Here you can take a fast ride while listening to a miner's fascinating stories or see how mining engineering has developed by comparing the big pieces of old and new equipment. In a real test of your courage, you can race through the mountain on a 52-meter-long slide with a 40-degree slope while sitting on an "Arschleder" (or "leather ass" if you will). "Arschleder" is what the miners called a leather apron that protected the wearer's backside and trousers.
Things turn more romantic during a boat ride on the salt lake. In original Spreewald canoes, you glide past waterfalls on your way through the mysteriously illuminated mountain. Don't forget to honor Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners.
Musicians regularly put on rock, pop and classic concerts in the deepest concert hall in the world. It's an experience you should not miss!
Follow the signs in the Kyffhäuser region and in the city of Sonderhausen to the adventure mine.
Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays: 11 a.m.
The trip into the mine is offered year-round, but is limited to persons 10 years and older. Advance reservations are required.
Tuesday - Friday:
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Adults: 20.00 EUR
Children (from 10 years): 15.00 EUR
School classes: 13.00 EUR each
Special geological tours for 10 persons or more: 8.00 EUR surcharge, R
Saturday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.
Adults: 25.00 EUR
Children (from 10 years): 20.00 EUR
Special geological tours for 10 persons or more: 10.00 EUR surcharge, R
Many free parking spaces on site
Arrival in the foyer 700 meters underground
Guided tour in a truck through the mine
Statue of Saint Barbara at the salt lake, 700 meters below Earth's surface