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The Raumland slate mine

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Cool temperatures, a gloomy cave and gigantic cliff formations carry visitors to the slate mine away to another world. 
For more than 450 years, many Wittgenstein natives found work and earned a living in what was once a bustling branch of industry, slate mining. The oldest slate mining licence ever received dates from 1717 and was issued by Count Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

The valuable natural stone was mined in Raumland. The dark blue slate was an important building material. Characterised by its dark colour and durability, the stone from Raumland was used for roof and wall slates, windowsills and steps. The slate was not only sold within Germany but was also evidently exported to England, France and Hungary too. The heyday of the roof slate industry began in 1860 when the roofs were no longer allowed to be covered with straw. Due to the increased demand for roof slates, twelve slate mines opened in and around Raumland, where some 450 miners earned their daily bread.

Anyone who would like to breathe in some mine air can still go down into the “Delle” pit. In the tunnel, the temperature is a cool seven degrees Celsius. Wander through the cool, dark shafts of the slate mine and learn a little about the formation, mining and processing of slate.

Open from

April to October:
  • Saturdays at 14.00 and 15.00,
  • (during the summer and autumn holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia) also on Wednesdays at 15.00.

Groups by appointment.

Price:

  • Adults: €2.50
  • Children: €1.50

Public transport

You can get to Raumland by taking the R33 Bad Berleburg-Hatzfeld bus line, stop Raumland-Ort.

From there it’s just a short walk (in the direction of Dotzlar) to the slate mine.

Getting there

From Bad Berleburg-Raumland in the direction of Dotzlar via the L 553. There is plenty of free parking available.

Parking

Free parking is available.

Coordinates

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51.023117, 8.386746
DMS
51°01'23.2"N 8°23'12.3"E
UTM
32U 456989 5652574
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17 km
3:30 h
87 m
153 m
286.2 km
14:20 h
2,335 m
2,335 m
168.2 km
12:35 h
298 m
686 m
27.8 km
2:20 h
264 m
282 m
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The Raumland slate mine

Im Edertal (L 553)
57319 Bad Berleburg
Phone 0160 3510221

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Top difficult open
13.9 km
4:30 h
414 m
414 m

An eventful tour through fabulous forests, past an imposing cliff landscape and along winding paths - this hiking trail promises a real adventure.

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from Kathi Langer,   BLB-Tourismus GmbH
Top difficult
13.8 km
4:11 h
419 m
421 m

With almost supernatural abilities through the darkness – the former slate mine of Hörre is now home to one of the most important bat roosts in ...

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from Holger Krafft, Katharina Koch,   Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
Top easy open
17 km
3:30 h
87 m
153 m

The near-natural Ederradweg (Eder Cycle Trail) leads onto the differentiated “Waald-Wassa-Schdee” (Forest-Water-Snow) trail from Raumland to ...

from BLB-Tourismus GmbH,   BLB-Tourismus GmbH
E-Bike · Sauerland
Rothaarumrundung
Top moderate
286.2 km
14:20 h
2,335 m
2,335 m

Das Rothaargebirge steht im Mittelpunkt dieser langen Rundtour durch Sauerland, Siegerland und Wittgensteiner Land.

from Sauerland-Radwelt e.V.,   Sauerland-Tourismus e.V.
Long distance cycling · Waldecker Land
Eder-Radweg
Top moderate
168.2 km
12:35 h
298 m
686 m

Bezaubernde Lieblingsplätze, idyllische Mittelgebirgslandschaften, Ausblicke die das Herz berühren und eine Charakteristik die unterschiedlicher ...

from Gabriele Garthe Touristik Service Waldeck-Ederbergland GmbH,   Eder-Radweg
Bicycle Ride · Bad Berleburg
River - Rocks - Views
Top moderate
27.8 km
2:20 h
264 m
282 m

Pristine vegetation, impressive rock formations and a homely river landscape - this natural cycle track is definitely worth a tour!

from BLB-Tourismus GmbH,   BLB-Tourismus GmbH
Long distance hiking trail · Bad Berleburg
Feeder track Ederhöhenpfad - Hiking between Heaven and Eder
Top moderate
26.1 km
7:30 h
453 m
543 m

The feeder of the Ederhöhenpfad leads the hiker from Bad Berleburg to Beddelhausen. The path is marked by a white "E" with a blue wiper on yellow ...

from Kathi Langer,   BLB-Tourismus GmbH
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