© Stefan Sobotta, UNESCO-Welterbe Bergwerk Rammelsberg, Altstadt von Goslar und Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft

World Heritage Insight Walk: Ideas and Innovations

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  • start: Zellerfeld Münze, corner of Bornhardtstrasse
  • destination: Upper Harz Mining Museum
  • easy
  • 3,65 km
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 564 m
  • 535 m
  • Loop tour

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World Heritage Insight Walk in Zellerfeld: At 12 information stations you can find out about the great scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and his technical ideas.

This circular walk is 3.6 km long and takes you through Zellerfeld and into the fantastic Upper Harz Water Management System. Today this is part of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

Water from the storage ponds flowed through ditches to the water wheels at the mines. Water power was needed to hoist the extracted ore to the surface.

Rainwater also seeped into the mines constantly. The water wheels were also used to drive the pumps that pumped the water out of the mines.

This World Heritage Insight Walk has various information stations. At each station an information board tells you about the scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 - 1716) and his work. He worked in the Upper Harz from 1680 to 1686 and from 1693 to 1696. During this time he performed many experiments. He wanted to save the energy from water power or to gain energy without using water.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a scientific genius. The letters he wrote are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. They demonstrate how people can be great inventors.



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