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Coal Mines in Germany and Europe
This page is dedicated to coal mining and the reminiscents of it throughout Germany and Europe. I've collected the information contained herein through the past 7 to 8 years. Maybe its of some worth to you, anyway, its designated to the industry that shaped the region I'm living in. Therefore, the informations are partly of a technological nature, but mostly they're telling you where to find traces of coal mining, active mines and whether or not these sites are worth "visiting" (as far as it is possible for anyone to visit these sites, of course).
There are still 17 working coal mines in Germany, 12 of them in the Ruhr Area:
3 in the Saar Area:
and 1 near Ibbenbüren:
For the following mines you'll find descriptions:
Several shafts in the Ruhr area are held open for water drainage. Coal mining in the Ruhr Area is steadily proceeding to the north. This implies that the unused mines are in the south of the Ruhr Area. To prevent the active mines in the north from getting filled with water due to their subterran connections with the old mines, the southern mines are steadily pumped empty.
The shafts of the southern mines used for this purpose are:
The following mines and shafts will not be teared down in the future due to preservation reasons or because they are planned to be industrial museum sites: