All sights at a glance

The Piesberg Culture and Landscape Park includes an active quarry, is part of the TERRA.vita Nature and Geopark and brings the historic mining buildings from the industrialization era back to life.

An 8 km long circular trail leads once around the still active quarry with several viewpoints and to the "summit" of the Piesberg.

Culture and Landscape Park Piesberg also has a lower and an upper section, which are connected underground by the Hasestollen, but also via green paths through the Vosslinke.

  • In the lower part are the social house, colliery station, magazine and stables of the Museum of Industrial Culture, as well as other historic buildings. Paths lead to the Piesberg harbor on the Stichkanal. The old stone crusher serves as a shelter for the Dampflokfreunde e.V..
  • In the upper part there is the Haseschacht building, where the Museum Industriekultur also makes old steam engines run. The Stüve shaft in the west has been restored and recently opened to the public. The light railroad, whose route ends at Südstieg, now also stops there.

Industrial culture: mining & technology history

Zechenbahnhof (c) Susanne Schoon

Piesberg colliery station - historic & still in operation

Stüveschacht (c) Susanne Schoon

The Stüveschacht is a reminder of past mining .

Earth History & Geology

At the Piesberg, quarry operations have created a "geological picture book" that tells of 300 million years of the earth's history: Through the extraordinary combination of rock quarrying and the special tectonic situation at the Piesberg, the earth's historical development comes to light. In addition, 300 million years of earth history can be traced at the fossil station on the way to the rock rib. The oldest rocks in the entire Unesco Geopark TERRAvita can be found at the Piesberg.


Until 2030, mainly carbon quartzite, quartzitic sandstone will be quarried here. Until the last century, the Piesberg was at times the largest quarry in Central Europe.

Coal seam

In the over 100 meter high rock faces exposed by the extraction of the Piesberg sandstone, the different layers show the natural processes of millions of years.

Nature & Culture

At the Piesberg, digging, blasting and backfilling took place, so that hardly one stone is left on top of another. Today, there are special nature experiences in the culture and landscape park, precisely because people have interfered with nature. Nature has reclaimed the disused facilities: cormorants and eagle owls have moved in, bats feel very much at home in the quiet dark mine tunnels. Other natural monuments lead to the road of megalithic culture or to the arboretum.

You can stop at the Piesberg Gesellschafthaus, where miners and excursionists used to relax.

Ein alter Stolleneingang als Fledermausquartier beim Stueveschacht__c__Susanne_Schoon
Bat home

Coal mining created many tunnels that crisscross the Piesberg. Today, they are winter quarters for various species of bats.

Note on possible changes at short notice

Please inquire on the homepages or directly in the respective houses about the current opening and event times, prices, cancellations, etc.. This information can change at short notice!