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Wetzsteinstollen

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  • Heinz

    The sandstone found in this area has been quarried in many small stone quarries since the 16th century. Normal sandstone was used for building houses, the only thick, particularly fine and hard layer was processed at home into whetstones, which were then sold at a profit. Gradually the whetstone quarries operated by the community of Jux were exhausted. In order to keep production going, the decision was made in March 1881 to dig into the mountain.

    This is how the whetstone tunnel, which is unique in Germany, was created (wetzsteinstollen.de). Production was stopped around 1920 and the tunnel was closed by blasting. In 2001 the tunnel was rediscovered by members of the tourist association and uncovered a year later.

    The tunnel was expanded as a visitor mine, opened on September 30, 2012 and now provides information about the history and technology of whetstone making. A guided tour is offered every 1st Sunday of the month at 1.45pm and at 3.30pm. Regardless of this, the mining nature trail is very interesting and also offers a nice hike.
    Source: opencaching.de/viewcache.php?cacheid=164882&print=y&log=N&nocrypt=0

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    • March 1, 2017

  • Klaus Becker 🍌🍦🍧

    The tunnel served until 1922 to a about 30-50 cm thick layer in silica sandstone with special properties to reduce. This sandstone is particularly suitable for the production of whetstones due to its high strength and good sanding properties. See -> wetzsteinstollen.de/geschichte.html

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    • July 24, 2017

  • Heiko Wieland

    Opening times from May to September open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Also on is open on all public holidays.

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    • April 23, 2020

  • Rika123

    "Direct" parking at the visitor mine is only possible (coming from Jux) on the right along the street (... first come ...), there is no "real" parking space.

    Sensible alternative:
    - take the robber bus (line 385) (rems-murr-kreis.de/bauen-umwelt-und-verkehr/oepnv/freizeitbusse/raeuberbus) and https: //www.rems-murr-kreis .de / fileadmin / files / files / Ämter / OEPNV / LimesbusNordSuedRaeuberWaldbus2020.pdf)
    - or combine the visit with a nice hike

    Information about the whetstone gallery:
    gemeinde-spiegelberg.de/index.php?id=370
    -the tunnel is only open for inspection on certain Sundays and public holidays of the year!
    - made possible by the commitment of voluntary helpers

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    • September 7, 2020

  • Rika123

    "Wetzsteinstollen" visitor mine:
    - Open: May 1st to October 3rd, always on the 1st and 4th Sunday of the month, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (as a rule)
    - Experience / discover the history of whetstone making
    Information about the whetstone gallery:
    gemeinde-spiegelberg.de/index.php?id=370
    -The tunnel is only open for inspection on certain Sundays and public holidays of the year!
    - made possible by the commitment of voluntary helpers
    "Direct" parking at the visitor mine is only possible (coming from Jux) on the right along the street (... first come ...), there is no "real" parking space.Sensible alternative:
    - take the robber bus (line 385) (rems-murr-kreis.de/bauen-umwelt-und-verkehr/oepnv/freizeitbusse/raeuberbus) and https: //www.rems-murr-kreis .de / fileadmin / files / files / Ämter / OEPNV / LimesbusNordSuedRaeuberWaldbus2020.pdf)
    - or combine the visit with a nice hike

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    • January 13, 2019

  • Heiko Wieland

    Opening times open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and on public holidays from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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    • April 24, 2020

  • Heiko Wieland

    Opening times open every 2nd and 4th Sunday and on public holidays from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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    • April 24, 2020

  • Black Fox

    The whetstone tunnel is unique in Europe

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    • May 27, 2020

  • Black Fox

    Parking at the whetstone tunnel and along the street.

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    • September 7, 2020

  • Chris

    Always closed when I'm there. So now with a photo of the opening times;)

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    • September 8, 2020

  • 🌞 𝐺𝑖𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 & 𝑆𝑖𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 🥾 🐷

    On the road from Winterlautertal to Jux is the Wetzsteinstollen, a former mine where grinding stones were extracted.

    The Wetzsteinstollen is a mine in the Swabian-Franconian Forest near Spiegelberg.

    The whetstone tunnel was created from a quarry in which sandstone was quarried for building purposes. In the area around Jux (today a sub-community of Spiegelberg) there were many such small excavations and one repeatedly encountered a finger-thick layer of particularly hard and fine sandstone in the rock, the chunks of which were put aside and then worked at home into whetstones (whetstones ) processed and sold.

    Dismantling such a thin layer in open-cast mining on mountain slopes is not particularly worthwhile because the overburden from the hanging wall exceeds the useful rock many times over. So it was decided around 1880 to dismantle the whetstone underground and to do this, a tunnel was driven into the mountain. Production ran with interruptions until 1920, when the entrance was closed by a blast.

    In 2001 the mine was rediscovered and in 2002 the Spiegelberg Tourist Association opened the entrance. The visitor mine set up afterwards was inaugurated on September 30, 2012, it provides information about geology, history and the production of whetstones.

    There are other sites in this area where mining has taken place or has been attempted. An educational trail about five kilometers long leads past quite a few on a circular course.
    Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetzsteinstollen

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    • January 27, 2021

  • 🌞 𝐺𝑖𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 & 𝑆𝑖𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 🥾 🐷

    The Wetzsteinstollen is a mine in the Swabian-Franconian Forest near Spiegelberg.The whetstone tunnel was created from a quarry in which sandstone was quarried for construction purposes. In the area around Jux (today a sub-community of Spiegelberg) there were many such small excavations and one repeatedly encountered a finger-thick layer of particularly hard and fine sandstone in the rock, the chunks of which were put aside and then turned into whetstones (whetstones ) processed and sold.Dismantling such a thin layer on mountain slopes in open-cast mining is not particularly worthwhile, because the overburden that arises from the hanging wall exceeds the useful rock many times over. So it was decided around 1880 to dismantle the whetstone underground and drive a tunnel into the mountain. Production ran with interruptions until 1920, when the entrance was closed by a blast.In 2001 the mine was rediscovered and in 2002 the Spiegelberg Tourist Association opened the entrance. The visitor mine set up afterwards was inaugurated on September 30, 2012, it provides information about geology, history and the production of whetstones.There are other sites in this area where mining has taken place or has been attempted. An educational trail about five kilometers long leads past quite a few on a circular course.
    Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetzsteinstollen

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    • January 27, 2021

  • 🌞 𝐺𝑖𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 & 𝑆𝑖𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 🥾 🐷

    The Wetzsteinstollen is a mine in the Swabian-Franconian Forest near Spiegelberg.

    The whetstone tunnel was created from a quarry in which sandstone was quarried for building purposes. In the area around Jux (today a sub-community of Spiegelberg) there were many such small excavations and one repeatedly encountered a finger-thick layer of particularly hard and fine sandstone in the rock, the chunks of which were put aside and then worked at home into whetstones (whetstones ) processed and sold.

    Dismantling such a thin layer in open-cast mining on mountain slopes is not particularly worthwhile because the overburden from the hanging wall exceeds the useful rock many times over. So it was decided around 1880 to dismantle the whetstone underground and to do this, a tunnel was driven into the mountain. Production ran with interruptions until 1920, when the entrance was closed by a blast.

    In 2001 the mine was rediscovered and in 2002 the Spiegelberg Tourist Association opened the entrance. The visitor mine set up afterwards was inaugurated on September 30, 2012, it provides information about geology, history and the production of whetstones.

    There are other sites in this area where mining has taken place or has been attempted. An educational trail about five kilometers long leads past quite a few on a circular course.
    Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetzsteinstollen

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    • January 27, 2021

  • 🌞 𝐺𝑖𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 & 𝑆𝑖𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 🥾 🐷

    The Wetzsteinstollen is a mine in the Swabian-Franconian Forest near Spiegelberg.

    The whetstone tunnel was created from a quarry in which sandstone was quarried for building purposes. In the area around Jux (today a sub-community of Spiegelberg) there were many such small excavations and one repeatedly encountered a finger-thick layer of particularly hard and fine sandstone in the rock, the chunks of which were put aside and then worked at home into whetstones (whetstones ) processed and sold.

    Dismantling such a thin layer in open-cast mining on mountain slopes is not particularly worthwhile because the overburden from the hanging wall exceeds the useful rock many times over. So it was decided around 1880 to dismantle the whetstone underground and to do this, a tunnel was driven into the mountain. Production ran with interruptions until 1920, when the entrance was closed by a blast.

    In 2001 the mine was rediscovered and in 2002 the Spiegelberg Tourist Association opened the entrance. The visitor mine set up afterwards was inaugurated on September 30, 2012, it provides information about geology, history and the production of whetstones.

    There are other sites in this area where mining has taken place or has been attempted. An educational trail about five kilometers long leads past quite a few on a circular course.
    Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetzsteinstollen

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    • January 27, 2021

  • Rika123

    "Wetzsteinstollen" visitor mine:
    - Open: May 1st to October 3rd, always on the 1st and 4th Sunday of the month, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (as a rule)
    - Experience / discover the history of whetstone making

    Information about the whetstone gallery:
    gemeinde-spiegelberg.de/index.php?id=370
    -the tunnel is only open for inspection on certain Sundays and public holidays of the year!
    - made possible by the commitment of voluntary helpers

    "Direct" parking at the visitor mine is only possible (coming from Jux) on the right along the street (... first come ...), there is no "real" parking space.

    Sensible alternative:
    - take the robber bus (line 385) (rems-murr-kreis.de/bauen-umwelt-und-verkehr/oepnv/freizeitbusse/raeuberbus) and https: //www.rems-murr-kreis .de / fileadmin / files / files / Ämter / OEPNV / LimesbusNordSuedRaeuberWaldbus2020.pdf)
    - or combine the visit with a nice hike

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    • April 16, 2021

  • Steffen 🌞

    I think it's really nicely laid out ... especially that you can walk on the tracks in the middle of nature 🤗

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    • May 24, 2021

  • 🌞 𝐺𝑖𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 & 𝑆𝑖𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒 🥾 🐷

    Hallo ihr lieben Wandersleute 🙋🏽‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️
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    Wir freuen uns immer wenn wir in einem so tollen Wandergebiet wie diesem unterwegs sind und uns an einem schönen oder interessanten Plätzchen - wie genau hier - mal einen kleinen Jägermeister in geselliger Runde gönnen können. 👍🏼
    Wir haben dann immer sehr viel Spaß daran dabei ein besonderes Foto zu arrangieren und posten es dann auch sehr gerne zur "Dokumentation" 🌿🥃 🥃
    OK, ziemlich oft fotografieren wir auch nur ohne was zu trinken 😎
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    Besonders toll würden wir es finden wenn wir mit dieser Idee einen kleinen Anreiz auch für andere geben könnten und ihr es uns gleich tut. Dabei ist es nicht so wichtig sich unbedingt auch einen Jägermeister zu gönnen, selbstverständlich sind auch andere trinkbare Köstlichkeiten willkommen. 😉 Wir freuen uns natürlich sehr darüber wenn wir beim Foto-Thema (Jägermeister) bleiben würden und hier eine Sammlung von interessanten Bildern mit der grünen Flasche (oder auch Becher, oder z. B. auch mit einem CoolPack) entsteht 😊👍🏼
    >> Und bitte nur wirklich Themen bezogene Fotos posten 🤩
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    Wir schauen dann ab und an hier rein und erfreuen uns über kreative Bilder, die hier im Laufe der Zeit eingestellt werden 😀🤩
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    Und nein, wir sind nicht bei Jägermeister angestellt und wir erhalten auch keine Honorare dafür. 🤣
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    Vielen Dank fürs Mitmachen und ganz liebe Grüße 😍
    Gilbert & Simone ✨
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    Btw:
    Liebe Naturfreunde, lasst bitte keinen Müll zurück. Immer alles schön wieder mitnehmen. 😊 Das ist wirklich nicht sehr schwer. Es ist nicht schön wenn man alle paar Meter absichtlich oder auch mal unabsichtlich "verloren" gegangene Tempos, Zigarettenkippen oder sogar Dosen und Flaschen usw. sehen muss. 😱😨
    Viel zu oft sieht man am Wegesrand - und sogar direkt auf dem Weg - allerlei Unrat liegen was wirklich nicht sein müsste. 😠
    Nur in einer sauberen Umwelt kann man sich wirklich wohlfühlen und es auch genießen. 😊
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    Das gilt natürlich auch für unsere Städte. Wir mögen gar nicht dran denken mit welcher Gleichgültigkeit die Menschen heutzutage ihren Müll einfach überall hinwerfen! 😤😤
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    Wir danken euch ganz herzlich!

    • June 7, 2021

  • Tälemann

    Lovingly preserved tunnel with a rail system for sliding trolleys. There so-called whetstones for sharpening all kinds of blades were promoted. Every now and then there are even guided tours! An idyllic place

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    • January 5, 2022

  • Klaus Becker 🍌🍦🍧

    Whetstone quarry. Visit possible.

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    • February 16, 2017

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