Iron ore extraction in the Lahn-Dill region is more than 2.000 years old. The area around the current Lahn-Dill district once contained more than 210 pits used for mining the so called Lahn-Dill ore. In 1983 the red hematite mine Fortuna closed its doors, thus putting an end to the ore extraction in Hessen.
Today the visitor mine Fortuna showcases the complete process of iron ore mining at a depth of 150 metres. Following a one-hour ride with the mine railway visitors gain further insights in the former colliery building. Videos, photographs, texts, and exhibits provide a vivid impression of the miner's working and living conditions. The geology of the region is highlighted in the visitor centre of the „Geopark Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus“.
Part of the colliery site is a mine railway museum, founded in 1986. It recalls the transport of heavy loads on rails and light railways. The latter are narrow-gauge railways allowing short distance transports within the colliery itself or to the next railway siding. They almost completely vanished with the advent of trucks and conveyor belts. The mine railway museum shows 58 historical narrow-gauge locomotives (600 mm gauge) and many more than 100 rolling stock, displayed in two big exhibition halls and on the museum's premises. On special occasions a narrow-gauge steam train takes visitors on a nostalgic tour along a track of 2.7 kilometres showing them the site of the mine and the adjacent woods.
|Recommended duration of visit:||3 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||60 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
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|Visitor centre on site:||yes|
|Gift and book shop on Site:||yes|