Hotel Schloss Landsberg
150 Landsberger Straße, Merkers, Germany
www.erlebnisbergwerk.de/will… - 03693/4409 ext. 0
Hotel Schloss Landsberg Merkers Reviews
May 28, 2007
Finally we got our mine worker outfits on, got into the elevators who brought us down to 500m below surface (called 500m Teufe). The whole group of people got spreaded out on three lorries (they tell by name who goes on what lorry number!!!).
We sat down - aware of whoever looses the helmet has to pay a free drink to everyone on the truck. "Never stand up when the trucks are moving!!!The height to the ceiling is well not enough to stand up!!" - I had no desire to get up anyway, so I sat in my corner and watched the driver shiffting gears and then the tour started - "flying down" through the dark mine channels until the crowd started streaming: "Helmet overboard"! It is kind of interesting to see how some people wear safety helmets - no wonder that they come off!
First stop was the concert hall with great acoustics - in there is also the world’s largest rotary bucket excavator below ground.
Next stop was the "gold room". April 7th 1945 American troops discovered hoards of gold, currency and art paitings hidden away by the Reichsbank in there. Eisenhower vistied the place himself. Most of the stuff was returned to the coutries where it was taken from the cash went back to Frankfurt to the Reichsbank and the gold ...... They got plenty of pictures and models to diplay what the room must have looked like. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1999/spring/nazi-gold-merkers-mine-treasure.html
From there through the narrow curves and steep climbs and falls we travelled further down to 800m - where it got pretty warm (+28 degree C). Down there they dicovered 1980 a beautiful crystal grotto. This is a very unique natural attraction full of huge salt crystals.
We got back on our platform lorries and stopped at some more places to see huge pieces of equipment parked here and there and the final stop before we went back to the elevators was a nearby roomy underground museum where they display the old potassium mining.
The whole mining channels have a lengh of ca. 4460km but we only have travelled 20km on it.
If you are nearby it is well worth stopping here! The whole tour takes about 3 1/2 hours.
Part of the Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) travel blog
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