Our Steinkaulenberg Gemstone Mine Field Trip
This gemstone mine is in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
The Geological Trail to the mine is lined with enormous rocks, all labeled with little signs.
Tori was ecstatic at the shapes, textures, and colors!
Entrances to the mine tunnels have signs and pretty gates.
stollen means tunnel.
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners.
Rails and sluices were still visible on some tunnels.
You can see how THRILLED Tori is to go down into the gemstone mine here.
We had audio guides since the tour is in German. Hardhats were to protect us from the low ceilings.
The 5 types of stone in Steinkaulenberg Mine: Agate, Amethyst, Crystal Mountain, Smoky Quartz, and Jasper.
Statues of St. Barbara hung from the ceiling and were placed on shelves.
We saw lots of beautiful geodes and crystal bubbles in the rock.
There was a lovely underground lake too!
Tori loved the rock tumbler, and all the tools and polished gems at the end of the tour!
Tori and the other kids had so much fun in the mine!
A very educational and fun family field trip.
I bought each of the kids a little carved, polished gemstone critter from the giftshop for about €5.00 each.
Tori got a turtle. Katie chose a frog. Alex wanted a fox.
The giftshop also has geodes, unfinished and polished stones, jewelry, and snacks.
See more of the Germany Gemstone Route.
- Adults (individuals) €6.00
- Children aged 6-16 €4.50
- Children under 6 years in groups €3.00
- FREE for children under 6 years
Edelsteincamp & mining fields (we didn’t do this)
- Adults and adolescents from 16 years € 10.00
- Children and adolescents up to 16 years € 7.00
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