What is unique in the Show Mine of Predoi is the cement copper system that is still in use.
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Since 1400 AD, in this mine at the Rio Rosso creek every year between 56 and 84 tons of copper ore were exploited. The first mention of the mine goes back to the year 1426, in relation to a cannon casting. The lowest mine, the St Ignaz tunnel, is located at 1,500 m asl and is starting point for an educational trail that illustrates the history of mining in the Valle Aurina. The trail stretches along a series of ancient mines and ends at the Croce della Valle Rossa mountain at 2,064 m asl.
Copper was mined here up to the 20th century, primarily for wire production. Only in 1973 mining activities were stopped. Today, however, cement copper is mined in an alternative way, with the help of bacteria. The St Ignaz tunnel was expanded in the ’90s to a become a show mine which can be explored.
Off into the mountain! Especially the ride on the mine train is an adventure for kids, taking you 1 km into the tunnel. Once you reach the cable winch you get information about the copper mine, afterwards you can experience the bottom of the mine (about 250 m), as well as the so-called “Sechsersohle” (about 80 m). Various graphics show visitors how hard a miner’s life was. Also the “Schienerhaus”, a typical miner’s house located in front of the gallery entrance, is worth a visit. Directly at the Show Mine of Predoi there is the Ignazstube tavern, which also has a sun terrace and offers traditional dishes.
from April 1 to November 5, 2017
from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
(last admission at 3 pm, duration: about 75 min.)
closed on Mondays (except in August)
10.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 7 years
4.00 Euros (children and young people from 7 to 14 years, students)
7.00 Euros (seniors over 65)
family ticket or combined ticket with the Mining Museum in a Grain Store available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
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