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UNESCO - World Heritage

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Since the beginning of July 2019, the Montanregion Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site represents forms of settlement, technologies and methods of organisation related to the mining industry that have taken shape around the world. From the 12th century onwards, a cross-border Montane cultural landscape was developed on the basis of the resource deposits, which is still preserved in its authentic form today. An example of tin mining in the Saxon-Czech Ore Mountains is the mining landscape of Altenberg-Zinnwald and the former administrative seat of Lauenstein.

 

After silver, tin was the second most important metal mined and processed in the Ore Mountains. The boom in tin mining in the Ore Mountains lasted from the 14th to the 16th century, when Saxon-Czech production replaced England as the world's largest tin producer. The historic ore processing facility Prádlo IV, as well as the Altenberg Pinka and the impressive underground mining areas, provide insights into the mining and processing technologies. Pioneering developments in water collection and ore processing systems are linked to tin mining in the Altenberg-Zinnwald mining landscape. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


We are proud to present following components of the Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří mining region from our region:

Experience the World Heritage. The museum directors Christoph Schröder and Gabriele Gelbrich, pastor Markus Schuffenhauer and the director of the visitor mine in Zinnwald, Stephan Prantl, invite you to visit the region and explore the components of the mining region Montanregion Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří.
Bergbaulandschaft Altenberg-Zinnwald / Verwaltungssitz Lauenstein
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In order to obtain the World Heritage title, an extraordinarily universal worldwide value of the site is decisive. The abundance of raw materials in the Ore Mountains formed the basis for a mining-based development of the entire region, from which a montane cultural landscape emerged for over 800 years. The mining of silver, tin, cobalt, iron and uranium paved the way for science and innovation in mining and metallurgy. Under the state organization of mining, a training system for the needs of skilled workers was developed for the first time worldwide. These developments with a total of 22 components are authentically handed down on the Saxon and Bohemian side through mining landscapes and material evidence. The extraordinary universal value is justified in all 22 components and  fulfil  three cultural criteria.

 

The Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří mining region is representative of three key cultural criteria:

 

The technological and scientific achievements in the field of mine drainage, ore processing, metallurgy and mining science, which came from the Saxon-Bohemian ore mining between the 16th and 20th centuries. The application, further development and worldwide dissemination of these technologies and knowledge are unparalleled on a global scale.

 

The development of a state-organized mining industry with a direct influence on the mining administration, the education system and the social areas. This development, which served as a model for other mining regions on the European continent, not only revolutionized the administration, but also led to the emergence of a culture based mining.

 

In the process of shaping the region from the 12th to the 20th century into a world-wide unique cultural landscape shaped by mining. Their different stages of development are visible to this day on the basis of the original mining landscapes, mining and smelting facilities as well as the spacious and well artistically equipped mining towns.


An audio guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Altenberg recreational area.

Your personal guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Altenberg recreational area. Use your smartphone and discover the unique history of the Montanregion Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří.
from €10.00

UNESCO-Welterbe digital entdecken mit dem Audio Guide zum Mitnehmen.

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"erzgebirgisch" - ein Lebensgefühl
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Erzgebirge - Die Erlebnisheimat | Willkommen im UNESCO-Welterbe Montanregion Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří
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