Velsen Coal Mine



brief description: 

Next to the former Velsen coal mine, in a variegated sandstone slope, 30 meters high, face lines of a total length of 700 meters were driven onto 3 levels and technically set up in such a way that the underground area and equipment exactly resemble the environment and infrastructure of a coal mine. Of particular interest for film productions is the fact that one can find authentic underground conditions without actually having to descend into an underground gallery.

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
advance notification necessary
underground training centre, advanced training facility, guided group visits
interior architecture: 
coal extraction machinery, enormous chocks supporting the roof of the coalface, conveyor belts, electrical machinery, pump stations (all fully functional). Because of its exceptional structural conditions, the Velsen Coal Mine offers a remarkably unique environment for filming and festivities. Upon prior consultation with the mine operators, (almost) all ideas and concepts can be put into practice.
Background noise: 
all noise levels are possible
in the staple shaft
possible disturbing factors: 
mining activities; schedule can possibly be re-organised / rearranged upon prior consultation
Space restrictions: 
none usually, please consult with responsible contact person
Time restrictions : 
none usually, please consult with responsible contact person
canteen nearby, regular opening hours. Otherwise, self-catering.
upon prior consultation, conference rooms can be made available
Filming experience: 
Das schwarze Grab: episode for German television police series Tatort; In Wahrheit - Mord am Engelsgraben (thriller by ZDF and Arte)


coming from Saarbrücken on the A620, going in the direction of Saarlouis, take the junction Saarbrücken-Klarenthal (AS 11). At the second light, turn left and continue in the direction of Velsen (Kokerei / Raffineriestraße). Behind the woodland, turn left and follow the signposts indicating the Velsen Coal Mine (Erlebnisbergwerk Velsen).
not preferable


sanitary facilities: 
in the above ground social buildings
parking lot: 
enough spaces available on site (suitable also for special logistical requirements)
electricity supply: 
available / can be installed as required
water supply: 
underground pipeline system


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