The Wettelrode show mine offers a special mountain tour on Sunday near Sangerhausen. Visitors can climb the "Hohe Linde" spoil heap. What do you need to bring with you?
Wettelrode (dpa/sa) - The overburden heap of the former Thomas Müntzer shaft near Sangerhausen (Mansfeld-Südharz district) will be released for ascent on Sunday. "It's the first heap ascent since 2019," said the tour guide from the Wettelrode show mine, Thomas Wäsche. "The campaign strengthens tourism in the region."
At the 144 meter high summit, visitors are offered a view over the mountain and rose town of Sangerhausen, the southern Harz Mountains, the Kyffhäuser and the Goldene Aue. The dump called "Hohe Linde" is exactly 5.25 meters higher than the Cheops pyramid in Egypt.
"It takes about 20 minutes for the approximately 400-meter-long route," said Wäsche. Before the ascent, the new summit pass for the stamps of the Mansfelder Halden can be purchased. Only those who make it to the top receive this stamp.
The "Hohe Linde" was built from the mid-1950s to 1990. During this time, around 6.8 million cubic meters of overburden such as Zechstein and limestone were piled up on 15.6 hectares to form the cone that can be seen from afar today.
Around 800 years ago, people began digging for copper ore in the Mansfelder Land. Up until 1990, 2.6 million tons of copper and 14,000 tons of silver came together in the Mansfelder Mulde and Sangerhausen districts over the centuries.