Schwaz Silver Mine Reviews
search for silver Feb 20, 2011
Schwaz is a small industrial city, closely situated near Innsbruck, which has a long history when it comes to silver.
The beginning of the silver mine dates back all the way to the Middle Ages.
According to the legend, silver was found in a meadow. A young girl was herding her cattle when she suddenly saw a wild bull. One of his horns had been stuck in the grass and when the bull ran away she saw on that same spot a shiny dark stone sticking out of it.
Soon, the people of Schwaz realised that the little girl had found a silver ore. That was the beginning of the silver mine and from that period on the people of Schwaz en surrounding villages "searched" there way into the mountain and found what they were looking for : SILVER
Nowadays everyone can go into the mine and discover this "world of silver".
It comes with a prize of course!
Adults pay about 16 euros (Jan. 2011), children about 8 euros (Jan. 2011). They also have special deals for families. It is a bit expensive, but when you come to think about it ... it also costs alot to maintain the mine.
Once you received your ticket, a professional guide takes you into the mine. The guides are mostly pensioners who worked in the mine and can tell you with a lot of passion the history of the mine and its workers.
But first everybody gets a jacket and helmet to protect you inside the mine. Here you have a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius. So when it gets too hot in the summertime, this is a nice excursion to do, when you want to "run away" from the heat! :)
At the entrance of the mine everyone has to step into a small train and this brings you in a few minutes in the "heart" of the mine where the tour begins.
All the way up to the end the guide tells you a lot of the history of the mine, the workers and the horrors they had undergone. In the mine itself everything is displayed with puppets and sounds, which makes the tour quite interesting.
At the end of the tour you can buy your silver at the souvenir shop.
For those who got hungry of all of this, there is a restaurant across the street called Knappenkuchl, which serves delicious Austrian meals.
A nice way to end your visit.
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