Bergwerksmuseum & Erlebniszentrum
Am Samson 2
D-37444 St. Andreasberg
fon: +49 (0)5582 1249
Our GPS coordinates are:
N 51° 42` 47``, E 10° 30` 57``
The Samson Mine Museum is located in St. Andreasberg, right beside the sports field. There is always enough parking space.
Cars can park right in front of the mine. Just a few metres away, between the Glückauf-Schule and the sports field, there are more parking spots for cars and buses.
The nearest bus stop is located on Schützenstraße, about 10 minutes’ walk away. The closest train stations are in Bad Harzburg and Herzberg.
Toilets are located by the parking lot in front of the Samson Mine, towards the Glückauf-Schule.
They are clearly marked with large WC signs.
Toilets accessible to the handicapped are located in the Kurhaus, Am Kurpark 9, St. Andreasberg.
Open daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
St. Andreasberg is world-famous for its minerals; indeed, it is considered a “treasure chest”. For instance, the mineral Samsonite counts among the most expensive and rare minerals in the world. It was first discovered in the Samson Mine.
At our small museum shop, you can buy increasingly rarer pieces of ore from the Harz mines as well as minerals and fossils from around the world. Articles such as the lovely felted Mooskappen or miners’ head coverings made by Brigitte Rieger make wonderful mementos.
In the near future, we will offer a selection of recommended literature on historical mining in the Harz and on the World Heritage Site of the Rammelsberg Mine, the Old Town of Goslar and the Upper Harz Water Regale.
Planning the future
Currently, a museum café at the neighbouring National Park House is available to our guests (follow the signs approx. 50 m down the mountain).
The Samson Mine needs an outdoor area with a café and a seminar room and other modern facilities. In the planned café, we want to make your visit to the mine more pleasant with high-quality, regional products. We will also give you your first information about the Samson Mine Museum and the Upper Harz Water Regale.
The first project plans have been launched in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz Foundation, the Braunschweig Cultural Heritage Foundation, the State Office for the Protection of Monuments, the Town of Braunlage, the St. Andreasberg Village Renewal Program and the District of Goslar.
Furthermore, within the framework of the TRAFO project known as World Heritage Harz Museums, the German Federal Cultural Foundation has granted its support for the improvement of the infrastructure at the Samson Mine.
Information for people with special needs
The Samson Mine Museum is an historical, listed ensemble of buildings that cannot be completely transformed for people with physical restrictions.
However, the shaft system, part of the wheel room and part of the museum can be visited, for instance with a wheelchair.
Under the menu itemTours & Events, you will find our offers for people with physical restrictions and our inclusive tours.
We will be happy to advise you personally by phone at +49 (0)5582 1249 and will give you further information.
No problem to bring your dog, if you make sure that any other guest is molested.
- Visitors must follow the instructions of the tour guide.
- The Samson Mine will be visited as a group. If anyone leaves the group, the tour guide must be informed.
- Sturdy shoes and warm clothes are recommended.
- Please do not touch any exhibits that are not intended to be touched.
- People under 1.75 m in height must stoop while walking in a short portion of the adit.
- Upon request, dogs may accompany the tours. Owners are responsible for their dogs.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited in the mine, the buildings and the area directly in front of the buildings (fire alarm system).
- Please dispose of garbage in the containers provided.
- The operator is not responsible for any soiling or damage to clothing.
- The upward path to the adit is not sanded in winter. Please use the handrail.
- Anyone obviously under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances may not take part in a tour. People whose behaviour disrupts or endangers the operation of the museum, or damages the reputation of the museum, may be excluded from the museum visit. This also applies to any violation of these Visitor Rules and Regulations. The admission fee will not be refunded.
- Film and photos are permitted for private use, although third-party privacy rights must be respected. Commercial recordings are subject to approval and fees; they must be registered in advance.
- By participating in a public event, visitors and contributors agree to the publication of photos and film recordings within the framework of the internet presence of the Samson Mine Museum & Educational Centre, in social networks and in museum-related print documents.
- Parents and supervisors (teachers etc.) are responsible for supervising minors during the entire visit to the museum.
- The use of marks of unconstitutional organizations is prohibited according to §86a StGB. The hallmarks are flags, badges, uniforms, slogans and greetings and those that are confusingly similar to them.
- Visitors have to follow actual distance and hygienic standards according to the pandemic protection rules.
In St. Andreasberg, all visitors have free access to the wireless network harz.freifunk.net.
No password is required.
There is no reception in the subterranean areas of the mine.
A wedding in the Samson Mine?
Not just for those who are closely connected with mining, the Samson Mine is a special place that will make the most beautiful day of your life unforgettable…
Arrange an appointment with us by phone at +49 (0)5582 1249.
More information about tourism, accommodations and excursion destinations is available at
Tourist Information Sankt Andreasberg
Am Kurpark 9
37444 Sankt Andreasberg
Phone +49 (0)5582 / 803-3
Fax +49 (0)5582 / 803-39
Of course, we will be happy to give you the odd personal recommendation for dining, overnight stays and other special activities in the region.
Make an appointment for your group to take part in embossing coins at the Samson Mine. Then, old and young alike can create their own historical Andreastaler coins. Please register for this event by calling at least one day in advance.
Our Charcoal Burner’s Hut, which features a barbecue area, is an idyllic place to take a break.
The building that once housed the Samson Mine’s ore-washing plant is now the St. Andreasberg National Park House, where visitors of all ages can learn interesting details on the topics of nature conservation, mining and landscape change in the Harz.
The highlight at this house is the interactive exhibition FledermausReich [Engl. World of Bats], which opened in 2016. Other exhibition areas, a cinema and a small café with a regional shop invite visitors to explore and linger.
Visit the Roter Bär Pit Educational Mine (tours April-October, always at 2:00 pm on Saturdays), whose subterranean experience - unique to Germany - of historical mining in the Harz provides an authentic presentation.
More information on mining in St. Andreasberg, as well as the region’s geology, is presented on display boards on the Educational Mining History Trail on the Beerberg and Jordanshöhe mountains.
To experience the historical water regale of the St. Andreas mine, we recommend a visit to the Oderteich reservoir (WasserWanderWeg 17) and a walk along the Rehberger Graben ditch (WasserWanderWeg 20).
After a 7-km route over easy terrain, you will come to the famous Rehberger Grabenhaus, the building where the keeper of the Rehberger Graben ditch lived since 1772 in order to be able to reach the ditch quickly at any time. Today, the “honorary ditch supervisors” Volker Thale and his wife, Margarete, will welcome you to their Waldgaststätte restaurant. In winter, the Grabenhaus is also a popular destination thanks to its wildlife feedings. Surely you will never have come so close to the Monarch of the Glen…
The mountain walking trail in St. Andreasberg offers not only a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding mountains; the unique Harz mountain meadows will invite you to enjoy a picnic in the green. At Neigenfind Farm, Harz livestock stand in the pasture, enjoying nature and the view.
Are you interested in traditional crafts? Talk to us about courses on bobbin lacemaking, felting and soapmaking. In the near future, we will also be offering programs on woodworking, charcoal burning and forging.
The Bergsportarena St. Andreasberg, which features a high-rope course and a zip line, is located close to the Samson Mine. During the summer months, visitors of all ages can prove their courage and agility. In the winter months, the meadow at the Kurpark offers sledding and tubing activities.
Another activity centre is located approx. 500 m in a beeline from the Samson Mine: Matthias-Schmidt-Berg and its ski lifts. Here, an alpine slide and an MTB centre offer fun and downhill action. In the wintertime, ski lifts and snowmaking machines are operated here.
The Kurpark, located directly adjacent to the grounds of the Samson Mine, invites visitors to take a stroll. The park also has a miniature golf course.
Up close to the sky: St. Andreasberg is one of Germany’s few Dark Site Areas, making it a perfect location for Germany’s first barrier-free observatory, which is currently under construction. Even now, you can get close to the sky with the experts from the Observatory Association, either as an interested stargazer… or for romantic moments…
Links to the activities offered by our partners can be foundhere.