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Aalen, Germany

From series “The Scariest Mines in the World”
Year: 1635.

Travelers who prefer walking through the deserted dark subterrenes have to go to the German town of Aalen. Here is the deserted iron ore mine, which is currently available for a visit. Production of iron ore in this field has begun in 1635; during hundreds of years the network of underground labyrinths has being risen to enormous scale. Today, its total length is about 6 kilometers.

In 1924, ore mining became unprofitable and it was decided to close the mine. The entrance was concreted, depriving thousands of curious people of opportunity to visit the mysterious cave. For many years the interest of local residents and tourists to the old mines hasn’t exhausted, so in 1979 Aalen government decided to unseal the entrance and set an iron gate beside it. The mine is open to visit only in the period from May to September; you can move through the tunnels only by special electric train and only in special equipment.

Before traveling, all participants must wear helmets and special cloaks, which will protect them from low ceilings and dripping water. Tunnels of the mine are very long and narrow, and the most spacious site is called Railway Station, that’s a place where the workers were waiting for the train. This place really looks like a real station, furthermore there is a small platform with benches. There are a few narrow shaft and tunnels available for hiking. Old equipment has survived in the underground labyrinth; nowadays it’s gathered in some interesting installations. A tour along Aalen mine promises to be an interesting and frightening experience at the same time. Next - Zeche Zollverein

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ATM bankomat: 'Kreissparkasse Ostalb - Geldautomat' located in 0.75 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Enterprise Autovermietung' is located in 0.33 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'ESSO Station Wolfgang Scherer' in 0.16 km
Supermarket: 'Handwerksbäckerei Mack GmbH & Co. KG' in 0.27 km
Parking: 'Parkhaus am Bahnhof' in 0.61 km
Apotheek: 'Apotheke am Zob' in 0.83 km
Police station: 'Polizeirevier Aalen' in 1.14 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Billardcafe Liberty' in 0.28 km
Railway station: 'Aalen' in 0.7 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Stuttgart Airport STR - in 68 km
 »  Augsburg Airport AGB - in 77 km
 »  Giebelstadt Airport GHF - in 89 km
 »  Memmingen Airport FMM - in 95 km
 »  Ingolstadt Manching Airport ZNQ - in 97 km
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Best hotels near Aalen

ibis Styles Aalen

Located in 1 km from Aalen
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Rooms: 71
The bright rooms at ibis Styles Aalen feature stylish interiors and come with a TV. A hairdryer is provided in the en suite bathroom. ibis Styles … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel-Restaurant Vogthof

Located in 2 km from Aalen
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Rooms: 14
The Hotel Restaurant Vogthof offers a breakfast buffet each morning. A range of local and international meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant or … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Habana

Located in 3 km from Aalen
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Rooms: 10
The Hotel Habana provides spacious rooms with a desk, TV and bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Restaurant Adler

Located in 7 km from Aalen
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Rooms: 14
All rooms and apartments at the Hotel Restaurant Adler include a bathroom, a minibar and a TV. Fresh German cuisine is served in the Adler's … More: photo, rates and booking

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