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"Museumspark Rüdersdorf"

Open pit mine & museum park

The Brandenburg Gate, Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Berlin's Olympic Stadium and many other important buildings in Berlin and Brandenburg have one thing in common: they were built with limestone from Rüdersdorf. More than 750 years ago, the limestone began to be quarried and burned; since the 17th century at the latest, Rüdersdorf has been considered the building material supplier for Berlin. The open pit mine is still active today and the cement plant exports Rüdersdorf cement throughout Europe. The limestone can be extracted in open-pit mining because the rock strata of the Triassic Muschelkalk are exposed on the earth's surface here. Rüdersdorf is thus a minor sensation, as the Muschelkalk is normally found in the North German Basin at depths of up to 3,000 meters. Some layers of the Muschelkalk are very rich in fossils, which means that hobby paleontologists will quickly find what they are looking for here.

The Museum Park 
The 17-hectare site of the Museum Park is home to a large number of historic buildings and facilities that were used to transport or process the raw material limestone from the adjacent open pit mine. Our technical buildings, which were erected according to designs by famous master builders such as Schinkel, form a unique architectural ensemble. It is one of the most important industrial monuments in Germany. The buildings, facilities and open spaces are freely accessible to all visitors and they provide plenty of room for art & culture, for excursions, for seminars & workshops, for celebrations and for socializing. 

Would you rather touch the 240 million year old limestones and look for fossils? Then the geological guided tour is just the right thing! After a little theory in the geological exhibition, you will go out with the Land Rover to the still active limestone quarry. Here you can see fossilized animals of the
Triassic sea with your own hands.

Land Rover Tours
What role does open pit mining play in the history of Rüdersdorf? How have the working conditions changed over time? Which techniques are used to mine the raw material limestone? How much has open pit mining shaped the surrounding area and its people? All these questions will be answered in this tour.
The visitors get an insight into the entire mining chain of this important raw material extraction and can thus get an idea of the dimensions of limestone mining with a view of gigantic dump trucks and the crusher plant.

History of building materials
The historical guided tour takes you on a relaxed walk through the grounds of the museum park, past the buildings and workplaces of bygone times. Their origin and functioning are made comprehensible and brought to life with the help of old pictures and photos. 
The historical torchlight walk is also an unforgettable adventure for families, where they can experience nature and the history of this place in a very special atmosphere. With a torch/torch and sturdy shoes, the trail leads along the open pit along paths steeped in history through imposing buildings.

Whether on the festival meadow next to the pulley pillar, on the open pit edge of the limestone quarry, or in front of the Rumford kilns - events of all kinds become unforgettable moments here. The breathtaking scenery of the venues and the silhouettes of the technical structures at dusk frame the spectacle on stage. 
You can experience great festivals all year round against the backdrop of buildings steeped in history and engineering masterpieces. Walpurgis Night, Halloween and the traditional Mountain Festival are among them. The latter, by the way, has been celebrated in Rüdersdorf since 1841. At that time, His Majesty King Frederick William IV left a generous monetary donation to the miners with the stipulation that a festival be celebrated from it.

Handicapped access
Museum store, museum café
Renting of karts and handcarts
Geological tours, incl. fossil hunt
Land Rover tours
Historical tours
Historical torchlight tour

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