Ramsbeck ore mine

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Ramsbeck ore mine
General information about the mine
Ramsbeck ore mine.jpg
Ramsbeck ore mining museum
Mining technology Underground mining
Information about the mining company
Operating company Mining Museum Ramsbeck GmbH
Start of operation 1518
End of operation January 31, 1974
Successor use Visitor mine
Funded raw materials
Degradation of Lead and zinc
Geographical location
Coordinates 51 ° 18 '56.2 "  N , 8 ° 24' 10.1"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 18 '56.2 "  N , 8 ° 24' 10.1"  E
Ramsbeck ore mine (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Ramsbeck ore mine
Location ore mine Ramsbeck
Location Ramsbeck
local community Bestwig
District ( NUTS3 ) Hochsauerlandkreis
country State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany

The Sauerland visitor mine Ramsbeck is a mining museum and visitor mine in Ramsbeck in the Sauerland .


→ for the history see section Mining in the Sauerland


The mining museum shows the history of the Ramsbeck and Sauerland ore mining with the help of the permanent exhibition in the Kauen and administration building from 1953, which was redesigned between 2013 and 2015. It includes many exhibits (including machines and mineral collections), interactive stations (fire setting, machine control station) and a film.

In the visitor mine, information is provided about the breakdown of lead and zinc. The original mine train takes visitors 1.5 km into the mountain. 300 m underground , experienced miners talk about their work back then in old tunnels . You can also see the world's largest underground conveyor drum at the time of construction.

The Ramsbeck mining trail opens up further attractions on the subject .

Since 2019, the visitor mine has been listed as a station in theme route 12: History and Present of the Ruhr of the Route of Industrial Culture .


  • Herbert Somplatzki: From the Venetian gallery to the visitor mine. 40 years of the Ramsbeck Culture Mine. In: Yearbook Hochsauerlandkreis 2014. 30, 2013, pp. 73–78.
  • Jan Ludwig: Ramsbeck ore mining 1740–1907 . In: Proceedings (old) mining and research in NRW . 2012.
  • Siegfried Haas: Sauerland visitor mine Ramsbeck. In: The Hochsauerlandkreis. Arnsberg 4, 2012, pp. 117-119.
  • Jan Ludwig: lead, zinc and pebbles. Ore mining in the Sauerland 1740–1907. Bochum 2010, ISBN 978-3-937203-48-5 .
  • Jochen Hasse: 35 years of museum and visitor mine in Ramsbeck. Celebratory speech. In: To Ruhr, Valme and Elpe. 5, 2010, pp. 102-106.
  • Georg Schmitz: Tourist valorisation of cultural landscape relics. Potential of historical ore mining in the municipality of Bestwig. Thesis. Bamberg 2008.
  • Rainer Slotta: Show mines with museums. In: Heiko Steuer, Ulrich Zimmermann (Hrsg.): Old mining in Germany. (= Archeology in Germany. Special issue). Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-8062-1066-7 , pp. 117-121.
  • Rainer Slotta: The metal ore mining. (= Technical monuments in the Federal Republic of Germany. Part 4). Bochum 1983, ISBN 3-921533-25-2 .

Web links

Commons : Erzbergwerk Ramsbeck  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files