Samson Pit St. Andreasberg

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The Harz region owes its centuries-old status as the cradle of Germany to its natural riches – including the treasures from its mountains. The mining history of the region goes back to the 20th century and has resulted in many great historic sites. The Samson Pit in St. Andreasberg, a former silver ore pit belonging to the UNESCO world heritage “Upper Harz Water Regale”, is one of them.

The historic museum pit was operated from 1521 through 1910. Today visitors can be borne down to 190 m depth and visit the original place – a unique view of the history of mining. Here, one can admire the world’s last existing steel cable man engine. In 1987, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers placed the Samson Pit on the list of internationally historic engineering monuments.