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Samson Mine

Waterwheels | Fahrkunst | Underground


Mining museum | Harzer-Roller-museum | World heritage site



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Samson Pit was the deepest mine in the world...

The Samson Pit, located in Sankt Andreasberg, is counted among the most significant mining monuments in Europe. From 1521 until 1910, silver ore in particular was mined here. For many years, the Samson Mine was one of the world’s deepest. It is also home to the man engine known as the Fahrkunst, which is still in operation and is now recognized as an international machine monument. Equally impressive are the two water wheels - the reversible overshot wheel from 1819, which is 9 m high, and the pump wheel, which stands 12 metres tall and is driven by water during the tour, just as it was centuries ago.

The Samson Mine is part of the Upper Harz Water Management System, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010.

Water wheel at the Samson pit is currently being rebuilt - report on NDR television

The damaged water wheel at the Samson pit will be replaced by a new one, which will turn again from spring 2023.

In the course of the construction work and the associated safety requirements, the water wheel house and the underground areas of the Samson mine cannot be viewed continuously.

Alternatively, the guided tours will continue after visiting the shaft building in the sister mine Catharina-Neufang. The Catharina-Neufang pit is located about 80 m away from the Samson pit on the other side of the sports field. Among other things, guests can spectacularly experience a mined ore vein that is more than 200 m deep.

The new construction of the water wheel is accompanied by several film contributions from the NDR, among others. You can see the first report in the show Hallo Niedersachsen from 10/17/2022 by simply clicking on the picture, the reconstruction is documented here.