The research group Steiber operates the Mining Museum, the Downinsland Scooter Track and the Toboggan Lift on Schauinsland Mountain.
The residents of Freiburg like to call Schauinsland Mountain their “home mountain”, as the city boundaries do in fact include the summit. The mountain is remarkably diverse, can be described using a range of superlatives, and in good weather lives up to its name (view of the land). Its former name was ‘Erzkasten’ (“ore box”), owing to the biggest lead, zinc and silver mine of the Schwarzwald and the Vogesen which is located inside the mountain, 100 km long and spread over 22 levels.
The highest lying mine gallery is found just 50m below the summit of the Schauinsland, at 1248m above sea level. The Schauinsland mine reached its deepest level of 350m above sea level in 1952, a few years before being decommissioned. As such, the 900m depth of the mine is even larger than the Downinsland Scooter Track’s altitude difference of 750m. It was due to the hard work of the silver miners over a period of 800 years that the town of Freiburg was able to increase its wealth and build its cathedral. Freiburg Cathedral is the only great gothic church in Germany which was built and completed in the Middle Ages. Surprised? The best areas of the Schauinsland mine can be experienced up close in various adventurous tours offered by the Schauinsland Mining Museum. The longest, 2.5-hour tour can also be enjoyed as a bad weather alternative to the Scooter Track (for special groups and those with reservations).
With its length of 8 km the scooter track is the longest in Europe and offers a very special kind of adventure, coupled with an intensive experience of nature. Using downhill scooters with high performance hydraulic disc brakes, you will travel over specially prepared and signposted forest paths all the way to the valley station. Starting at 1220m (issuing point at the mountain cable car station) you will scooter through the Schauinsland nature reserve with its deciduous and coniferous forest and stunning views towards the Rhine Valley, the Kaiserstuhl and the Vosges Mountains. In around an hour you will travel 8km downhill, covering an altitude difference of 750m.
During the winter break, we run a toboggan lift for small and not so small children on Schauinsland Mountain. As one of the few genuine toboggan lifts in the Schwarzwald, it is just 400m south of the mountain cable car station, in the direction of Notschrei above Hofsgrund.
You could say that the jewellery store in Oberlinden 16 at the Schwabentor in Freiburg, now in its third generation, is the heart of the leisure businesses. The business office is also located there. Growing up in a family of jewellers, Berthold Steiber’s love for silver and beautiful stones was placed in his cradle.
To this day we place a firm emphasis on good quality craftsmanship at a fair price, as well as expert advice. We can offer you silver and gold jewellery for every occasion. The specialty of the house is a wide range of amber and pearl jewellery and we also carry out jewellery repairs. Let us fulfil your dreams…