In the Palatinate, the mining tradition is very old, as a wide variety of natural resources was found in this region. In some areas, there is even evidence of mining activities dating back to the time of the Celts.
The small town of Imsbach located in the foothills of the Donnersberg hill used to be a mining town. Even today, visitors can see traces of the early mining activities and travel back through time by exploring the two mines “Weiße Grube,” White Pit, and “Grube Maria,” Maria’s Pit.
The Historic Museum of Mining in the Palatinate includes not only an extensive collection of beautiful minerals but also displays of other natural resources that were found in the area.
Besides these exhibitions, events and regular guided tours, the Mining World of Imsbach will offer guided tours in English.
Officials hope to accommodate American community members with these special tours through “Weiße Grube,” which will be offered 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23, July 16 and Sept. 24.
Tickets are €4 for adults and €2 for children and include the guided tour as well as admittance to the Mining Museum. Reservations are not required.
This year’s season will run through the end of October. Opening hours are 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Sundays and German holidays, with regular guided tours in German.
Groups of at least 15 persons can make reservations for guided tours during weekdays.