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In the dark

The Villanders mine

The mountain mine in Villanders was one of the most important mining areas in Tyrol during the Middle Ages. After it closed at the beginning of the 20th century, it fell out of memory. Through the work of the culture heritage and museum associations of Villanders, the mine has been given an overhaul in recent years and is now open to the public as a visitors’ attraction.

On the trail of miners

The Villanders mine had a total of 16 tunnels covering an area of about 20 km, two-thirds of which were dug by hand and one-third with the use of explosives (black powder).

The extracted materials were: silver, lead (galena), copper and blende. The advancement of a miner, between 8 and 12 m per year, was performed mainly on his knees or supine. At the discovery of a mineral deposit of greater size it was necessary to enlarge the tunnel for the transport of minerals and waste rock. The average life of a miner was between 35 and 40 years.
Further information
Opening hours & entrance fees
Open April to November

TUNNEL ELISABETH
Guided tour

  • Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 10:30
  • Meeting point at the tunnel Elisabeth
  • Duration: approx. 1,5 h

Entry fees
  • 9.00 € adults
  • 4.00 € children and pupils from 6 to 15 years old
  • 20.00 € families
  • 7.00 € groups from 15 persons, seniors over 65, high school students, students
  • 3.00 € school classes (by appointment)
  • Free admission with KlausenCard
  • Individual special guided tours with advance reservation (at any time of the day or night, also in winter): entrance fee € 90.00, from 11-14 persons € 9.00 each, from 15 persons € 7.00

ELISABETH AND LORENZ TUNNELS
Guided tours

  • in July & August on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Meeting point at the tunnel Elisabeth
  • Duration: approx. 2,5 h

Entry fees
  • 15.00 € adults
  • 8.00 € children and pupils from 6 to 15 years old
  • 30.00 € families
  • 13.00 € groups from 15 persons, seniors over 65, high school students, students
  • Free admission with KlausenCard
  • Individual special guided tours with advance reservation (at any time of the day or night, also in winter): entrance fee € 150,00, from 11-14 persons € 15,00 each, from 15 persons € 13,00
Contact Villanders mine
Villanders Mine
Oberland 36
39040 Villanders
T +39 345 3115661

info@bergwerk.it
www.bergwerk.it
How to get to Villanders mine
Bus
Take the bus from Klausen to Villanders (line 345) and get off at the stop "Bergwerk". From there walk about 800 m to the mine.

Car
By car about 5 km above Villanders in the "Zilderer Kehre" turn right at the big notice board. After about 500 m there is a small parking lot. From there it is about 300 m by foot.