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A nice mine tour

A well guided tour and very interesting. Done in german but headsets available in English. Follow... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Exhausted mines

If u visit Idar-Oberstein it’s a must see Idar Oberstein is a v small town but v well known for its... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Usha J
Idar-Oberstein, Germany
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

A well guided tour and very interesting. Done in german but headsets available in English. Follow the small signs along the way, after parking be prepared to hike 15 minuets on a paved path through the woods before coming upon the gift shop/ information stand....More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

If u visit Idar-Oberstein it’s a must see Idar Oberstein is a v small town but v well known for its Gem industry Stien kaulenberg is a exhausted mine which gives u an insight of how mining was done It’s quite interesting Must a visit

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

The Gem mines at Steinkaulenberg are an interesting and fun day out. We had booked ahead for the kids to go "gem hunting", so there was no trouble with waiting times, or too many people. The kids got to dig around a "seeded" field and...More

2  Thank desruadh
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the mine to celebrate my daughter's birthday with good family activity. We did not regreat we spent great deal of time serching for gems. We found good amount of amethysts. Excursion in mine was pretty informative with a lot examples of the real...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The kids were very excited about all their finds! It was really hot and there is no shade so bring sunscreen and plenty of drinks.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Got there with the family by chance and decided to take the guided tour into this former gemstone mine. Very good information by the well informed guide about gemming history in this area. Gemstones are found in the adjacent fields and were mined out of...More

1  Thank wrpech
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We went expecting to do a tour in English and let our six year old dig up some gems. First: the brochure we had did not include an address to get here. Be sure to throughly scout that out! Second: the headsets for English were...More

1  Thank Jessika W
Reviewed 19 June 2016

I was surprised to see so many beautiful geodes half buried in the cave walls. Interestingly it wasn't the gem filled geodes the old time miners were after, but the agate and carnelian. Since they didn't have the tools to work with faceted gem stones...More

1  Thank Mike B
Reviewed 15 April 2016

My 10-year old loved it and we learned a lot about mining in those days. Our guide spoke english, but we had a mixed english/german/japanese group, so the headsets gave you a version of the tour in your own language. We also paid to dig...More

2  Thank Just_J0an
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Much care has been taken to display and at the same time preserve this gemstone mine. It is no longer in use, but one gets a real sense of recent operations (there has not been any for quite some time). Much work has been performed...More

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Linda M
23 August 2016|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I do not know of any such area. One might be able to enquire through the Idar-Oberstein web site if any mining sites exist.