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The mine site

The mine site

The mine site of Plombières en the House of the Mine site.

DSC04973The mine site of Plombières hosts a nature reserve which is characterised by the presence of calamine lawns. They are home to particular fauna and flora linked to the concentration of zinc or other heavy metals in the substrate.  Their range is limited in Europe that’s why many of these species are endemic. The calamine pansy is the most representative.

You can still find lost in the vegetation, old remains of ancient metallurgical exploitations.  The watercourse ‘Gueule’ crosses the site, that helps to diversify the natural environment.  The point of view from the ‘Gueule’ rushing into the cave is worth a look.

Two marked routes from the town hall invite you to discover the area, one from1.7 km and the other from 3 km allows to discover the history of the mine site.  The ‘Natagora route’ is nature-orientated and has also two variants.

The mine site also provides access to the RAVel ‘Line 38’ and ‘Line 39’ and is crossed by the Via Gulia and the ‘Border Route’ (route des Frontières).  A passage to the mine House will complete your visit.

Free and accessible all the year.

The House of the mine site built in 1645 is one of the oldest houses in town. The facades and the roof were listed in 1982.  The restoration has preserved a large part of the original half timbered walls.  Discover at the ground floor a small museum – interpretation center on the history of Plombières and its natural reserve.