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Visitor mine Bindweide pit

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  • Besucherbergwerk Grube Bindweide
    Besucherbergwerk Grube Bindweide
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The Bindweide Mine - an adventurous journey to the treasures of the earth

Good luck! With this traditional miner's greeting, the mine team welcomes you to a discovery of the underground world in the Bindweide mine: exciting, impressive, adventurous.

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An unforgettable experience for young and old, combined with a journey through time, is offered by the unique world of the "Grube Bindweide" visitor mine. The museum in the above-ground area, which was developed according to a museum-pedagogical concept, gives you an idea of what reality is like underground. The mine train takes you 800 metres rattling down the mountain. Then you walk 300 metres. In the ore passages you get a first-hand impression of what it once meant to work here. Equally impressive are the reddish-brown ore-bearing rocks and the stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the past decades. The adventure in the mountain lasts 90 minutes, sometimes accompanied by the loud noise of former tools. The pure and humid mountain air has a constant temperature of around 12 ° C.

The visitor mine Grube Bindweide is located in the local community of Steinebach/Sieg. It was built above the entrance to the "deep gallery" through which the iron ore mine was once accessed - a historic site. Until 1913, the mined iron ore was brought out of the mine via this adit.

Since 1986, the Bindweide mine has been a visitor mine. It inspires many thousands of visitors every year. In 2019, Mayor Bernd Brato and the mine team welcomed the 400,000th visitor.

The visitor mine also includes the following facilities and attractions:

  • The healing gallery: The room for breathing and relaxation therapies is located in the former powder chamber.
  • The mine forge: It is located in the outdoor area of the visitor mine. The blacksmith's team takes pleasure in maintaining this old craft and inspires the participants of blacksmithing demonstrations.
  • The Barbaraturm: A pithead tower awaits you on the Steineberger Höhe, about 2 kilometres from the visitor mine.
  • Mining and forest adventure trail: The existing forest nature trail will be upgraded to a mining and forest adventure trail in 2021 and extended to the Barbara Tower.

Visitor center with museum of the iron ore mine Grube Bindweide

After a complete modernisation in 2013, you now have a modern visitor centre at your disposal. Several multimedia stations explain the geology of the Westerwald and how the ores were formed. In other sections of the museum, you will be taken on the exciting journey of the ores from the mine through processing to the finished product, and the history of the mine and the work in the Bindweide mine are vividly presented. This also includes the tragic mining accident that cost the lives of 14 miners.

Museum education: The offer of the visitor mine Grube Bindweide has been developed according to a museum pedagogical concept. Information on this can be found on the website, educational material on ore mining.

Support with European funds (LEADER project): The establishment of the visitor center with the museum, the pit forge and the barbara tower were supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The visitor mine is a geo-information center: In addition, the Grube Bindweide visitor mine is one of ten GeoInformation Centres in the Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus GeoPark. The GeoInformation Centres of the GEOPARK are the entrance gates to the GeoPark. Here you will find information on geology and economic and cultural history in the GeoPark and, of course, on the other GeoPark stations as well as on the GeoRoutes that connect the information centres, the GeoPoints, GeoTopes and GeoViews (

Getting married underground

Another offer of the visitor mine is the possibility to get married in a civil ceremony in the "Pulverkammer".

The history of the Bindweide iron ore mine

The Bindweide iron ore mine was one of the largest mines in the Siegerland-Westerwald ore mining region. The mine looks back on a long history. As early as 1837, the mine field was awarded to a mining pioneer under the name "Maria an der Bindweide". After an up-and-coming and eventful development of the mine facilities, the world-famous Essen steel and mining company Alfred Krupp acquired the "Bindweide" in 1872. The previous owner had sold the mine after a catastrophic mining accident in which 14 miners lost their lives.

In the following decades, more than 5 million tons of iron ore were extracted from the efficient mine. During this time, up to 900 miners from the region found work in the Bindweide mine.

Due to a variety of technical problems and declining demand for iron ore during the world economic crisis, the Alfred Krupp company in Essen decided to shut down the mine. Underground operations were finally closed at the end of March 1932.

For a long time the mine was still referred to as a reserve pit, but production never resumed.

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Opening hours

closed today
Open Apr 01, 2023 through Oct 31, 2023 from Wed, Sat and Sun 14:00–17:00 .

The Bindweide mine is open from April to October as follows.

  • Monday: Groups by appointment
  • Tuesday: groups by appointment
  • Wednesday: 14.00 - 17.00 (last guided tour at 16.30)
  • Thursday: groups by appointment
  • Friday: groups by appointment

Saturday: 14.00 - 17.00 (last guided tour at 16:30)

Sunday: 14.00 - 17.00 (last guided tour at 16:30)

Guided tours outside the stated times are possible by appointment. A guided tour of the visitor mine lasts approx. 1.5 hours.

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Exhibition & guided tour of the visitor mine

  • adults: 8 € -Children (up to 14 years): 4 €
  • students / disabled persons: 6 €
  • groups (from 13 persons): 7 € per person
  • school classes / children's groups (from 10 persons): 3,50 € per child
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): 18 €
  • Family ticket (each additional child): 2 €

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Visitor mine Bindweide pit

Bindweider Straße 2
57520 Steinebach/Sieg
Phone (0049) 2741 / 291-118

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