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Samson Mine

Construction of the new water wheel at the Samson pit begins on 26th of September 2022

The damaged artificial wheel at the Samson pit will be dismantled from Monday, 26th of September 2022, and the wheel room will then be checked and structurally secured. After that, the new construction of the 12m high water wheel will begin, which will turn again from February 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. Among other things, guests can spectacularly experience a mined ore vein that is more than 200 m deep. This dismantling is the only one in the Upper Harz that is still accessible to groups of visitors.

The Catharina-Neufang pit is located about 80 m away from the Samson pit on the other side of the sports field. Please remember to wear weatherproof clothing and sturdy shoes for the visit and the walk to the second mine.


Price per Person with / without guest card

Adults: 8,00 € /9,00 €

Reduced*: 6,00 € / 6,00 €

Children**: 4,00 € / 4,50 €

School classes from 20 pers.: 4,00 €

Free: children <5 yrs & Harz-Card owners

Age restriction: none

Card/Mobile payment: possible

Disounts: 10% for visit of other museums

* students (over 15 years), apprentices, disabled people, unemployed people

** (5-15 years)

Opening times

Mine visit: only allowed in a guided tour

Guided tours: Mon – Sun 11:00 & 14:30

Registration: not necessary

Ticket sale: 10 min before tour starts

Ticket shop: entrance of mining museum

Duration: guided tour + museum:
60 + 30 min

Additional guided tours (also in English):
by booking in advance
minimum price: 110,00 €

01.04.-31.10.: open daily

01.11.-30.11.: closed

01.12.-30.12: open Tue - Sat & 26.12.

31.12.: open til 13:00

24.12. / 25.12. / 01.01.: closed

02.01.-31.03.: open Tue - Sun


Corona: we recommend FFP2-masks

Mining museum: icluded (at end of tour)

Temperature: summer 8° C

Stairs: 88 steps with railing

Mediaguide EN DK NL: for free

Toilettes: opposite site of sport field

Dogs: allowed with reservation

Photography: allowed for private use

Free-WiFi: Samson_free_WiFi

fon: +49 (0)5582 1249


The Samson pit presents the historic Upper Harz ore mining industry and its hydroelectric power supply. Originally preserved mining technology such as water wheels or the art of driving still impress today. Almost all areas of the mine can even be visited by people with reduced mobility. In addition to the shaft building and the water wheel houses, an 88 meter long tunnel is also accessible to visitors. The tour ends in the mine museum.

We offer guided tours in English for groups by prior arrangement. Individual guests can take part in the public tours in German and use our free media guide, which offers the mine tour in EN, NL and DK. All information about the media guide can be found here

Longer underground journeys are possible in the Catharina Neufang mine, the sister mine of the Samson mine (actually closed, expected to be open again from spring 2023). Here, in the narrow and winding mining areas, guests get a deeper insight into mining from the 16th century. If you want to be even more adventurous, you can go even deeper into the mountain with the colleagues from the Roter Bär mine... up to the real limit experience.