Excursion (Technology): World Cultural Heritage Rammelsberg

The excursion will take place on Friday, 16. September 2011 from 13:00 until approximately 19:00. You will be picked up from the conference location by a bus. During a ride of about 70 minutes you will enter the Harz mountains, past the historic town Goslar and be brought to the Mines Of Rammelsberg which had been operational for over 1000 years until 1988 and were then opened to visitors and turned into a museum. The Mines of Rammelsberg along with the ancient city of Goslar were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1992.

Several buildings of the Rammelsberg mining complex
(photo: Michael Mertens under CC BY-SA).

Having reached the destination, you will first be given the chance to explore the impressive system of mine shafts in the Roeder Gallery, following on foot the ancient path of the water that kept four underground water wheels in motion before you will get back to the surface via a staircase with 101 steps. This guided tour takes approximately 75 minutes and will be in English.

Typical underground water wheel in the Mines Of Rammelsberg to assist in the draining of water and lifting of ore from the mine (photo: Y. Shishido under CC BY-SA).

Afterwards, you can either have coffee and cake in the museum's restaurant or explore some of the interesting above ground museum buildings on your own (both included in the fee). The return will again be by bus and you will be back in time for the conference dinner.

Important remarks:
Since the tour through the Roeder Gallery is underground, it might not be suitable for people with claustrophobic tendencies. Also, you should wear suitable, sturdy shoes. Please note that the program described here is only preliminary and we reserve the right, depending on circumstances (e.g. on the exact number of participants), to make minor modifications.

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