Badenweiler can look back on a long mining tradition. Many names of paths and places, such as old man (= abandoned tunnel), plaster pit path or miner's rest still remind us of this time. According to experts, mining at Badenweiler started in the Celtic era. Lead, silver and iron ore were mined over time. Gypsum was mined until the 1960s.
The rich ore deposits in the region are based on the collapse of the Upper Rhine Trench, which took place in the Tertiary between the Black Forest and the Vosges. The quartz reef created at the fracture stages of the strongest movement, the so-called "main fault", extends with its split cavities and veins as a hard rock rib in the terrain from Sulzburg via Badenweiler to Schloss Bürgeln.
November 16, 2019
In addition to a viewing platform on the highest rock, there are further traces of human activity on the rocks. Under some of the rocks caves and shafts were dug that reach deep into the earth. The deepest of these holes are protected by a grid to prevent accidental crashes. These grave traces are mining activity in Roman times. The rocks are rich in barite, which was mined here at that time.
June 30, 2018
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