The Schwarzenberg mining region is the westernmost district in the Saxon part of the Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region. It is the foremost tin- and iron-mining area in the western Erzgebirge. The UNESCO World Heritage nomination includes the placer and sink-hole fields of the Eibenstock tin-mining landscape, as well as the Rother Berg iron-mining landscape and the Erlahammer manor house at Schwarzenberg. Schwarzenberg Castle is an associated object, complementing the mining heritage of the region. It represents the sovereign and manorial mining administration of the western Erzgebirge, and indicates close ties with the Bohemian mining regions of Horní Blatná and Boží Dar.
In the western Erzgebirge near Eibenstock, numerous monuments document the former tin mining and processing. In the impressive mining landscape, heaps from tin placer mining and water ditches for washing out minerals lie right alongside each other and still provide evidence today for above-ground tin placer mining. Completely excavated lodes and sinkholes are a record of underground tin mining. The extracted tin was processed in the surrounding hammer works, where a regional centre for tinplate…
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