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.
Tuesdays to Sundays and bank holidays 10 am–6 pm
final admission: 5.30 pm
Closed on mondays (except bank holidays) and
from the 22th of December 2016 until the 3rd of January 2017
Adults: Euro 3
School Children: Euro 1.50
Reduced prices: Euro 2
Familiy day ticket: Euro 7.50
Groups (16 people and more), per head: Euro 2.50
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
Phone 0049 (0)2302 93664-10
Fax 0049 (0)2302 93664-22