Zeche Nachtigall

LWL-Industriemuseum | Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur


The Nightingale mine

The cradle of the region's mining industry

The Ruhrgebiet grew on coal. Almost 300 years ago people were mining the first lumps of “black gold” out of the slopes above the river which has given the whole area its name. At the Nightingale mine in the Ruhr valley in Witten we can take you back to a time when people were digging coal out of horizontal galleries, and later began to sink the first vertical shafts.

The Nightingale mine lies in the “cradle of coal mining” on the south bank of the Ruhr. Today it is one of the outstanding monuments of industrial history. The Hercules shaft, the engine house with its working steam engine, the rectangular boiler house chimney, the workshop and the walled delivery area for unloading coal from the barges on the Ruhr bear witness to what was once the most productive mine in the area.

Opening Hours

Tuesdays to Sundays and bank holidays 10 am–6 pm
final admission: 5.30 pm
Closed on mondays (except bank holidays) and
from the 23th of December 2019 until the 1st of January 2020


Adults:  Euro 4
Reduced prices: free admission
Groups (16 people and more), per head: Euro 3.50

Guided Tours

German Guided tours of the mine gallery

  • April–October: Tue-Fri: 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, Sat–Sun: every hour 10.30 am–4.30 pm
  • November–March: daily except mondays 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm und 4.30 am

Adults: Euro 3 (reduced Euro 1.50) plus admission.

The Muttental coal mining path, around 9 kilometres in lenghth, explaining the history of early mining on the Ruhr is signposted from the museum.

Here you can find more information about The Nightingale mine.

How to visit

Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage
Zeche Nachtigall
Nachtigallstraße 35
58452 Witten

Phone 0049 (0)2302 93664-10
Fax 0049 (0)2302 93664-22
E-Mail zeche-nachtigall@lwl.org