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Miners' route (Lahn facet)

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  • Besucherbergwerk Grube Fortuna
    Besucherbergwerk Grube Fortuna
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The Lahn-Dill region between Wetzlar and Braunfels was shaped by over 2,500 years of iron ore mining. Here you can experience this on foot. The highlight of the GeoRoute is a tour of the Fortuna mine. 
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Distance 26.4 km
10:30 h
486 m
431 m
280 m
138 m
The Lahn-Dill region was characterised by mining for a long time. It was a lucrative ore district. With the closure of the Fortuna mine on 4 March 1983, the more than 2,500-year history of iron ore mining in Hesse also came to an end. Today, you can enjoy walking in the miners' footsteps and study stories about mining and miners along the way. Here is the film!

 

On the upper pit of the Fortuna mine, directly on the hiking trail, you can watch the winding machine operator at work in the engine house (opening hours here) and a little further up you can look deep into the old opencast mine.

 

The miners' route can be combined with stage 11 upstream on the Lahnwanderweg for a lovely weekend tour.

 

Good luck! 

Author’s recommendation

No one should miss out on the authentic underground tour of the Fortuna mine. Start early in the morning so that there is enough time for this, and best of all secure your ticket online beforehand! 
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Marco Lupus
Update: May 19, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
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Highest point
280 m
Lowest point
138 m
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Besucherbergwerk Grube Fortuna
Schloss Braunfels

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Wetzlar Bahnhof (159 m)
Coordinates:
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50.554372, 8.501096
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50°33'15.7"N 8°30'03.9"E
UTM
32U 464657 5600390
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Braunfels

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Coordinates

DD
50.554372, 8.501096
DMS
50°33'15.7"N 8°30'03.9"E
UTM
32U 464657 5600390
w3w 
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Equipment

Normal hiking equipment required. Take a backpack snack and drinks with you.

Stop for refreshments at the mine restaurant Zum Zechenhaus (with beer garden) at the Fortuna mine.


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K P
May 31, 2020 · Community
Braunfels
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Michael Volkwein
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When did you do this route? October 03, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
26.4 km
Duration
10:30 h
Ascent
486 m
Descent
431 m
Highest point
280 m
Lowest point
138 m
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