The brown coal district Geiseltal was one of  the most important brown coal open mining in Germany.

This was caused by the quality and mightiness of enormous deposit, the comparatively favourable situation in matters of digging and the economically favourable situation in the Middle German area near the river Saale and the town Merseburg. The raw brown coal from the Geiseltal created the condition for the industrial development of the large-scale enterprises LEUNA, BUNA and WINTHERSHALL (today ADDINOL).

Nearly 300 years passed from the first mention vouched in the year 1698  to the final closing of the brown coal mining in 1993. 

In this time in the Geiseltal approx. 1.43 billion tons of raw brown coal were mined,  pressed to briquette in 8 factories or burned directly in the power stations.

On 30 June 1993 the last coal train left the open mining. Thus it was finally certain that the Geiseltal would irrecoverably loose its identity as mining region.

In August 1990 miners and citizens from the region formed the association for promotion of the  “Geiseltalsee” e.V. (registered association) - IFV.

The initial members did not want let arise an “apocalyptic sentiment” in relation to the end of the brown coal mining in Geiseltal.

Therefore a first and priority goal of the establishment of the  association was to confidently advise the local population and interests groups in politics and economics of the enormous chances and possibilities, which are to be found in the creation and development of a versatilely useable landscape after the mining industry  in the  Geiseltal.


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