Ridanna Monteneve Mining World

Monteneve is Europe's highest-altitude mine, located between Val Ridanna and Val Passiria in Tyrol. At around 2000 m, it was a valuable source of silver, zinc and lead for a millennium, where droves of miners worked and died in extreme working conditions. The mine's isolated location led to the construction of the world's largest rail transport system.

Closed in 1985, the Monteneve mine is now a museum, an extraordinary place of visit open to the public, where the entire production process and the technologies developed over eight hundred years are illustrated. It is part of the South Tyrolean Provincial Mining Museum.

The exhibition in the Ridanna Monteneve Mining World presents unique documents on the geology and minerals of Montenve and Vipiteno, the tools, customs and traditions of the miner, developments in the field of underground illumination of mine measurement and much more.

Opening hours of the Mining World Ridanna Monteneve

4th May - 7th November
Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry 3.15 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays (except on public holidays)
Museum area and permanent exhibition without guide 3€

Programme 2021

Ridanna compact: for those who are approaching the world of mining for the first time. Warm clothing is recommended (gallery temperature 8°C). The guided tour is barrier-free.
Times: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.15 pm.
Duration: 1h30m
Adults 10€
Seniors >65 years 7€
Students <27 years 4€
Family ticket with children under 16 20€

Miniera Junior: interactive route designed for families with children and for school groups. Reservation required. The guided tour is accessible to wheelchair users. As always, warm clothing and a spare pair of socks are recommended for children.
Times: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1.30 p.m.
Duration: 2h30m
Children 7€
Adults 10€

from 15 July guided tours:

Tour to discover the mining district
Departure: 9.15 a.m. Ascent through the Seemoos basin to the mining village of San Martino Monteneve, visit to the exhibition area. Lunch break. Guided tour of the mining district and the miners' village. Return to the "Ponte di Monteneve" car park. Reservation required by 4 p.m. on the previous day at +39 348 3100443 (Franz Kofler).
Adults 22€
Family ticket 45€
Seniors, students, disabled persons 18€
Groups (from 12 persons) 18€
School groups 12€

Monteneve adventure tour
Departure: 8.30 a.m. Ascent through the Seemoos basin to the mining village of St. Martin de Monteneve, visit to the exhibition hall. Lunch break. Ascent to the Forcella di Monteneve, descent to the Poschhaus gallery, 3.5 km route in the mountain with the mine train, then 2.5 km on foot through shaft 4 along the "Karl" gallery. Return to the "Ponte di Monteneve" car park, arrival around 18.30. Each person will receive boots, cape, helmet and headlamp to walk through the galleries.
Minimum number of participants: 8 people
Adults 30€
Students, seniors, disabled 22€
Children and young people 7-16 years old with accompanying person 15€
Info: tel +39 348 3100443 (Franz Kofler)

How to get there

The Schneeberg site is located at 2,355 m above sea level and is only accessible on foot via good paths in less than two hours from the Timmelsjoch Pass road in the Passeier Valley, or in four hours from Ridnaun/Maiern.

  • Starting from the Passeier Valley: By car from Meran take the SS44 to Moos in Passeier, then the SS44bis another 9.3 km towards the Timmelsjoch as far as the Schneeberg Bridge. Parking is possible some 200 metres before the bridge. From the end of the Schneeberg Bridge follow Path no. 31 up to Seemoos, then continue on Path no. 29 to the former miners’ settlement of St. Martin. Ascent: 690 metres. On foot: approx. 2 hours.
  • Starting from Ridnaun/Maiern: From the Mining Museum take the road (7 km) or the mining trail to the Poschhaus ruins. From there continue on the marked trail to the Schneeberg Pass, then descend to the miners’ settlement of St. Martin with the Schneeberg refuge. From July until mid-October the Museum runs a shuttle bus from Maiern to the Poschhaus (time saved approx. 2 hrs). Ascent: 1,300 metres, descent: 350 metres. On foot: approx. 4 hours.

Provincial Mining Museum
Ridnaun - Monteneve
Maseria 48 - I-39040 Ridanna
Tel: (+39) 0472 656364 

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