Schächtenstein - the deepest mining site in the geopark

We are under the most extensive iron ore mining site in the entire Ralsko Geopark. In front of you you can see the mouth of the side auxiliary adit carved in sandstone, which is perpendicular to the main mining site. The auxiliary adit is approximately 10 metres long. Most probably, it was used to transport the mined material and tailings piled on a heap, the remnants of which are still visible in the terrain.

To your left, you can notice the circular sinkhole. This is another mining structure that was only mapped in 1998. At that time, the mouth of a 2x1m rectangular shaft was discovered at the bottom of this mining pit. Today, it is filled in with fallen material, but it shows that the mining operations here reached even greater depths.

You will see...

The virtual reality app is used to bring closer to you the iron ore business once ongoing in this area. In the visualisation, you will see how such mining complexes could have looked like at the end of the 18th century. The scene is fictional, and the underground part was filmed elsewhere, so it doesn't correspond to the local relief. 

The virtual trail

The stop is part of the virtual trail that will lead you to places in the Ralsko Geopark that are associated with iron ore mining.

How to do it?

Download the app. The app is data intensive, we recommend downloading it while on Wi-Fi. Once you have downloaded the app, all you need to do is to find the relevant stop in the app and scan the QR code in the header of the board.