Schwaz silver mine
"The mother of all mines", the largest silver mine from the late Middle Ages, is located in Schwaz in Tyrol. Up to 10,000 miners prospected and found silver and copper here 500 years ago and made the city of Schwaz the largest mining metropolis in the world! Discover breathtaking glimpses into bygone times - the silver mine will be an unforgettable excursion for you!
During a classic guided tour (takes approx. 90 minutes) in our silver mine you will gain a fascinating insight into the rough life of the Schwaz miners at the time of silver's heyday in the Middle Ages.
You can marvel at the incredible variety in the processing of silver in our roughly 150 m2 silver shop. You will find shiny gemstones to high-quality silver jewellery - so why not take a souvenir home with you!
The silver mine is "the sight in Tyrol", 85% of the silver mined worldwide came from this mine towering in the mountain. Once you have travelled 800 metre down with the mine railway, a breathtaking world awaits you underground. You follow in the footsteps of miners and experience the trials and tribulations they had to endure to mine copper and silver 500 years ago. One of the highlights is the famous Schwaz Water Wheel, which was installed in 1556 to lift the mine water – it was considered a true marvel of technology at the time.
In the summer when it's hot outside, the mine is a wonderful place to cool down with a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius inside the mountain. But the silver mine is also ideal as something for families, couples, groups and clubs to do when the weather is bad, you will definitely keep dry in the mountains. You can enjoy Tyrolean and international delicacies in the adjacent "Knappenkuchl" restaurant after your exciting mining experience.
Would you like to combine your trip to the silver mine with a visit to other sights? No problem! The Zeiss Planetarium is located right next to our premises and the Museum der Völker is just a few hundred metres away with its fascinating exhibitions. The Karwendel Silver Region also offers a variety of excursion destinations and sports activities. Further information can be found on www.silberregion-karwendel.com.