Foto Bergwerk Prettau Grubenbahn Fahrt
Foto Bergwerk Prettau Grubenbahn Fahrt

Mines for Kids

A visit in one of the deep drifts of a South Tyrolean mine is a special holiday experience for families with kids

Driving deep into the interior of the earth equipped with a yellow raincoat, a helmet and a headlamp, families can retrace the hard lives of miners. There are several possibilities: The St. Ignatius Gallery in the South Tyrol Museum of Mining - Location Predoi in the Valle Aurina valley was transformed into a show mine about 20 years ago - today it is also integrated into an educational trail. The renewed mine rail-road is today used for transporting visitors into the 250 metres and 80 metres long drifts. Of course you are accompanied by competent guides.

A similar scenario can be experienced in the South Tyrol Museum of Mining - Location Monteneve between the Val Passiria valley and the Upper Valle Isarco, one of the highest-located mines of Europe at 2,355 m a.s.l. This is not a mere museum, but a place that makes you immerse into the world of mining. In the valley, however, there is the Ridanna Mining World which offers further tours into the mountain including "Mining for Juniors".

Another place that provides an insight into the lives of miners is the Villandro Silver Mine in the Fundres Mountains in the Valle Isarco valley. A visit of the St. Elizabeth Gallery can be combined with a pleasant walk with the whole family.

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