Mines in South Tyrol: Ridnaun, the silent witness of the industrial revolution
In Ridnaun, the most impressive mine in South Tyrol, industrialisation with its insatiable hunger for raw materials led to the creation of a unique industrial plant 150 years ago: a modern ore processing plant with enormous machines, large flotation basins, and the world’s largest surface conveyor system to the ore district in the high mountains. The Poschhaus tunnel runs for 6 kilometres through the Schneeberg into Val Passiria/Passeiertal. Today, families with children can take part in the hands-on tour with real miner’s equipment with mallet, iron, hoe, shovel and sieve through the show tunnel. On this tour you will learn more about the hard life of the miners, who have been mining for precious metals in this mine in South Tyrol since the Middle Ages as well as the hidden treasures inside the mountain and their use.