The Colliery Nachtigall in Witten is the birthplace of mining in the Ruhr and is therefore a must for anyone who wants to know exactly what it was like.
Living pioneer era in Muttental (Mutten Valley)
The mining pioneer era is alive in Muttental. Equipped with helmets, as visitors to the Nachtigall tunnels you can advance a real coal seam. Former miners tell you under what hard conditions the miners once exposed ‘black gold’ - a special adventure for families with children too. In the ‘Hercules’ shaft previously used for mining, today you will learn about mining technology and the working conditions in the nineteenth century. In the mine’s historic machine house, you will go on an audio-visual journey through the Ruhr valley and recall the time of industrialisation. This also houses the Ruhr region’s oldest hauling engine. In the kiln, the later use of the mine, closed in 1892, as a brick works is still recognisable. You can combine your visit to the Nachtigall mine perfectly with a trip on the Ruhrtalbahn (Ruhr Valley Railway) from Hagen or from the Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum (Bochum Railway Museum), as well as a short trip on the Muttentalbahn (Mutten Valley Railway) – a former railway.
Important information at a glance
You will find further information on opening times, prices, exhibitions and events on the Nachtigall Mine website.
The Nachtigall Mine is an anchor point of the Route of Industrial Heritage.