The Harz – Lautenthals Glück: Entering the mine

In the main building at Lautenthals Glück, there are a couple of exhibitions. You can see models of the mine, smaller equipment and information about different metals and minerals. And last but not least, you can visit a part of the mine.

But… I have a problem. As a child, I was terrified by darkness. Or at least by complete darkness. As long as some light could be visible in the bedroom, I was okay. So, I always left the curtains and/or the bedroom door a bit open. Otherwise I became so terrified that I simply couldn’t sleep.

And I have to admit that I still have this habit. This fear of the dark is still there. So, when I saw The Viking disappearing in the dark entrance of the mine, I didn’t feel at ease. It wasn’t just the fact that it was dark in there; I could see that it was very narrow as well and that the ceiling was quite low. It felt like entering a grave. Somehow, I did manage to go inside and I did take some pictures. Maybe, it was because I saw some children running in, without any fear. And I couldn’t leave my Viking alone, could i?

Anyway, after some time, I felt more at ease in the mine, but I was happy when I was back outside. I guess I would have been a lousy miner… In general, I did enjoy myself at Lautenthals Glück, but on a next visit, I think I would join a group, so that I could have more explanation about how the miners worked. I have a general idea now, but I want more.

Lautenthals Glück is the biggest attraction of Lautenthal by the way. The town itself has little to offer, apart from some beautiful 17th century houses. And the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains and 2 rivers, the Innerste and the Laute.


  • unclerave June 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Very cool. Educational and historical.

    — YUR

    • thesweetkitten June 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm


  • v4vikey June 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Great work..

    • thesweetkitten June 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

  • magsx2 June 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    What an amazing place to go and explore, love the photos you took and good on you for having the courage to go inside. 🙂

    • thesweetkitten June 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Yep, I am so brave 🙂

  • dotdos June 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Very nice and so interesting!

    • thesweetkitten June 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks for the nice comment!

  • LeeN June 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    You claustrophobic? You kidding… ;-).
    Great that you managed to overcome your fear and enter the mine! You be proud of yourself now :-)!!

    • thesweetkitten June 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm



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