Club presents the wonderful world of glittering minerals

The Freisen Mineral Club holds its annual Mineral Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at the Bruchwaldhalle (town hall) in Freisen.

“For centuries, the area around Freisen, Baumholder and Idar-Oberstein has been known by mineral collectors worldwide for its remarkable and beautiful minerals,” said Wolfgang Diehl, a member of the Freisen Mineral Club.

More than 50 exhibitors and sellers from all over Europe will display their exclusive minerals such as amethysts, smoked quartz, agates and sparkling crystal, as well as petrified wood.  

“The presentation of all those minerals meets the supply and demand of the fair, and, of course, all minerals are for sale,” Mr. Diehl said.

Fair visitors can take a break with coffee and cake in the town hall’s dining room.

Admission to the fair for adults is €2; children under 14 are admitted free.

During the fair, the club’s own mineral museum, located not far from the town hall, is open to the public. 

“Our members display all the treasures they collected during the past decades,” Mr. Diehl said.

A special exhibition entitled “Findings of the year 2008 and 2009 on the fields of Eckersweiler and Freisen town,” can be explored as well.

Admission to the museum is free and all children will receive a gift.

As in previous years, the gem queen will make an appearance.

Freisen is located about 8 kilometers southwest of Baumholder. To get to Freisen, travel from Landstuhl north on autobahn A62. Directional signs are posted and lead to the event.

For more inforation about the fair, visit the mineral club’s Web site at

(Courtesy of Freisen Mineral Club)