Edelsteinminen Idar-Oberstein
Edelsteinminen Steinkaulenberg
The Precious Stone Mine Steinkaulenberg

steinkaulenberg1. The Galleries (Besucherstollen)

The precious stone mine „Steinkaulenberg“ is the only mine in Europe open for visitors. Guides with expert knowledge in precious stones will guide you through the galleries underground during an one-hour-lasting guidance and will explain you the fantastic world of agates, twinkling rock crystals, amethysts, jasper and smoke quartzes in their original rock, the volcanic basalt. The visit will remain an unforgettable event and you will feel like in a dreamworld. The galleries are accessible to disabled persons; allowed are street clothes, a safety helmet will be given at the beginning.

schuerffelder2. Prospecting Fields (Schüffelder)

On the suggestion of educationalists prospecting fields were established above ground for children and young persons (adults are not forbidden). Precious stones and minerals from all over the world are brought to the prospecting fields every day, so that most of the young „diggers“ will be successful searchers.



edelsteincamp_143. The Precious Stone Camp (Edelsteincamp)

In former times precious stone diggers searched for the desired stones of the region in holes and hollows until the exploitation was no longer sufficient, especially after discovering huge agate reservoirs of best qualities and colours in Brazil and importing the raw material to Idar-Oberstein. Nowadays the former „Kaulen“, that means the galleries are reactivated and situated inmidst of a nature reserve - the name „Steinkaulenberg“ stands for that. In all probability diggers will find in this place -only by hoe and pickaxe- lots geodes (which are not completely filled with acid) the druises, which were considered being without value in those times. The reason why druises were without any value was the fact that the amethyst crystals, the rock crystals and smoke crystals could not be processed with the available simple tools at that times. Nowadays these druises and parts of druises are desired treasures for collectors of minerals and for mineral friends. In our precious stone camp are available: hoe, pickaxe, and spade. Simple tools like hammer and chisel, protecting gloves and protecting glasses ought to be brought with you.Furthermore we recommend solid footwear, working clothes (perhaps raincoat). To make this adventure completely bright there is a place for having a barbecue. You can enjoy roast meat and/or sausages -brought with you- on an open fire. The dry wood of beeches is available -a habit in this region- but you have to do it on your own!

Opening Hours and Admission Charges (valid from March 15)

Precious Stone Mines in the Steinkaulenberg

1. Galleries: Tour  opened daily,  from March 15 - November 15  this year from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Reservation for groups

Phone: 06781 - 47 400

Fax: 06781 - 980030


Admission Charge:
1. Adults (Single visitor) € 7,00
2. Adults in groups from 10 person € 6,00
3. Disabled, students, unemployed person,
person liable for military service, community service with document
€ 5,50
4. Young person from 6 – 16 years € 5,50
5. Pupils in classes € 5,00
6. Children under 6 years in groups € 4,00
7. Children under 6 years in families free


2. Precious Stone Camp/Miningfield (self-digging above ground)daily opened from 9am-5pm


Working clothes and solid footwear are commended; useful to bring with you: hammer and chisel, protective gloves and protective glasses, bucket or suitable container

Using Charge: (for 2 hours) daily from 9.00 am - 11.00 am
and/or  from 12.00 pm -   2.00 pm
and/or  from   3.00 pm -   5.00 pm

Admission Charge:
1. Adults and young person from 16 years € 10,00
2. Children and young person under 16 years € 7,00


Explanation for the procedure at the Galleries in the Steinkaulenberg and in the Historical Weiherschleife:

Eventhough also enroled groups often arrrive not on time due to different circumstances, there is the basic rule that all guests are guided according to their chronological arrival. On high visitors volume waiting times up to 30 minutes are sometimes -unfortunately- unavoidable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Note for the visitor: For groups from 20 persons there is admission free for 2 person (e.g. 1 busdriver, 1 companion).

For information and reservation please dial directly:

1. Precious Stone Mine Steinkaulenberg
Phone: 06781 – 47 400; Fax: 06781 – 98 00 30

2. Historical Weiherschleife
Phone: 06781 – 3 15 13 und 90 19 18; Fax: 06781 – 90 19 19