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Slate quarry trail in Lütz


The information board in Lütz (Moselstraße, as you enter the village) includes plans of the gallery system and a map of the route. From here you continue along the Moselstraße and the along the Herrengrabenstraße. At the end of the road you get to the slate quarry trail, which leads in both directions.
14 display and info boards along the 7-kilometre circular route show pictures of the slate quarry and present plenty of interesting information about slate mining and about the countryside in Lütz. Sunny warm sections like the Wingert, where wine was grown until 100 years ago, alternate with cooler forest tracks.
Find out all about the time of roof slate mining as you pass the many slate quarries and galleries. The hiking trail is open to the public all the year round. We advise you to wear solid footwear. There are refreshment options in the town.


Hiking tips:


From the Florianshütte (hut) a narrow path takes you across the mountain ridge to Hauslay ("Fahne"), where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Lützbach valley. From here a path, which is very steep in sections, takes you down to the Moselstraße.

Otto-Andreas tower
Taking a detour to the Otto-Andreas tower (approx. 4.5 km from the slate quarry trail and back, see map) is definitely worth your while. Its open setting at almost 400 metres above sea level means that you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Hunsrück and Eifel region.
Experience the history of roof slate mining in Lütz in one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Moselle.
Slate quarrying used to play an important role here.
Underground roof slate extraction is said to have started in the middle of the 19th century, and it peaked between 1900 and 1910.
There were eleven mines in Lütz - Westfalia, Herrnfeld, Rechtenberg, Weinsberg, Rudolfsglück, Wolf/Mosella/Luise, Burgberg, Burgwiese, Himmel, Philippsberg and Glückauf - with 19 galleries and five test galleries. The Herrnfeld mine (formerly Westfalia) with its central gallery "Erna" was in operation for longest (until 1953). The gallery system of the longest mine, Mosella, was a total of some 600 metres long. The mining chambers were up to 30 metres high. The mine plan (= mine layout, see the info board as you enter the town, Moselstraße) gives you an idea about the size and the complexity of the gallery system. The gallery systems mentioned here were arranged over three mining levels, one on top of the other, and they were several 100 metres long. For safety reasons and to protect the bats that spend the winter here, the galleries are all fenced off. The gallery complexes are, however, all depicted on the information boards.

Route characteristics
We advise you to wear solid footwear.
Route information
Hiking route: 7 km
Altitude: 280 m
Walking time: 2.5 hours 


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