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The Hidden Treasures of the Earth on Show In Hamburg

More than 400 exhibitors from 35 nations will be presenting gemstones and crystals this weekend at mineralien hamburg 2015

Fascinating one-of-a-kind treasures, precious jewellery and ancient fossils – there are so many exciting finds to discover while browsing and shopping at this year’s Mineralien Hamburg which will run for the 38th time at the exhibition grounds in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. More than 400 exhibitors from 35 nations will be presenting their beautiful and unique wares at the fourth biggest mineral fair in the world which will run for three days from 4 to 6 December. Visitors can also look forward to a wide range of special exhibitions and informative shows featuring exquisite specimens and selected objects. An entire show is dedicated to tourmaline, the gemstone of the year.

Guided Expert Tours On German Treasures

Visitors can go on a journey “From Hamburg to the Mineralogical Treasures of Germany”, another special show. Treasures from the entire Federal Republic of Germany, from Northern Germany through Sauerland and all the way down to Thuringia will be on display in over 50 glass showcases where they can be marvelled at on a guided tour conducted by experts. The point, after all, is to admire the beauty of these fossils. The Ice Age Museum at Mineralien Hamburg will be showcasing the genuine beauty of “Northern Germany’s Finest Fossils” in a grand show. For the first time, the Mineralogical-Geological collection Zwickau will be exhibiting at mineralien hamburg with 60 treasures.

Large Copper Sheets

Eye-catchers of the exhibition include, inter alia, a barite on quartz with the dimensions of 60 × 45 × 25 centimeters. Among the exhibits from Saxony are large sheets of native copper in a size of about 20 by 30 centimeters. “These plates have been found in coal mining”, explains the museum’s geologist Sven Neuhaus.

A Collection Of 16,000 Exhibits

The base of the Zwickau collection is the collection of the mine official Ernst Julius Richter, who contributed minerals from the Saxon mines and other sites. After Richter’s death in 1868, his heirs bequeathed the mineral collection of the city. Next to 2,300 mineral specimens, Richter also collected also 940 fossilised plant impressions from the Zwickau coal basin. Through further donations and purchases, the mineralogical and geological collection in Zwickau now comprises around 16,000 exhibits.


Mineralien Hamburg 2015 will be open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. Admissions cost 10 euro (concessions 8 euro). The family ticket and the three-day ticket each cost 18 euro. Tickets for children aged 6 to 15 are available at 5 euro. Children under 6 years of ago go free. There will be a last-minute ticket on on offer each day after 15:00 for 5 euro.

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