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The Raumland slate mine

Mine · Bad Berleburg
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Cool temperatures, a gloomy cave and gigantic cliff formations carry visitors to the slate mine away to another world. 
For more than 450 years, many Wittgenstein natives found work and earned a living in what was once a bustling branch of industry, slate mining. The oldest slate mining licence ever received dates from 1717 and was issued by Count Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

The valuable natural stone was mined in Raumland. The dark blue slate was an important building material. Characterised by its dark colour and durability, the stone from Raumland was used for roof and wall slates, windowsills and steps. The slate was not only sold within Germany but was also evidently exported to England, France and Hungary too. The heyday of the roof slate industry began in 1860 when the roofs were no longer allowed to be covered with straw. Due to the increased demand for roof slates, twelve slate mines opened in and around Raumland, where some 450 miners earned their daily bread.

Anyone who would like to breathe in some mine air can still go down into the “Delle” pit. In the tunnel, the temperature is a cool seven degrees Celsius. Wander through the cool, dark shafts of the slate mine and learn a little about the formation, mining and processing of slate.

Opening hours

April to October:
  • Saturdays at 14.00 and 15.00,
  • (during the summer and autumn holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia) also on Wednesdays at 15.00.

Groups by appointment.

Fee:

  • Adults: €2.50
  • Children: €1.50
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Author
Anika Lindner
Updated: October 11, 2019

Public transport

You can get to Raumland by taking the R33 Bad Berleburg-Hatzfeld bus line, stop Raumland-Ort.

From there it’s just a short walk (in the direction of Dotzlar) to the slate mine.

Getting there

From Bad Berleburg-Raumland in the direction of Dotzlar via the L 553. There is plenty of free parking available.

Parking

Free parking is available.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
286.2 km
14:20 h
2335 m
2335 m
28.3 km
2:18 h
272 m
259 m
Eder-Radweg  ›
167.5 km
12:26 h
152 m
483 m
13 km
3:30 h
0 m
60 m
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