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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 from 25th April to 31 October 2024

Guided tours

  • 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


Guided tours

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


The current entry fees of the mine can be found > here. Reduced entry with South Tyrol Guest Pass!

Individula special guided tours with advance reservation (also in winter):
telefonhorer +39 345 3115661


Contact Villanders mine
Villanders Mine
Oberland 36
39040 Villanders
T +39 345 3115661
How to get to Villanders mine
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.

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.
A tunnel of the Villanders mine