Potash Route

The discovery of a potash deposit on June 11, 1904, marked the start of a rich potash mining history that lasted nearly a century: 11 shafts, 24 mines 222 km² of underground area mined, more than 560 million tons of salt extracted and up to 13,880 miners employed…

Different iconic sites give you a glimpse into the mining life that shaped the Mulhouse countryside and provided it with a major part of its cultural and tangible heritage.

Miner neighbourhoods

The Potash Route is punctuated by miner neighbourhoods. Build near the mine shafts, the neighbourhoods are distinguished by their unique architectural style.

Along the route, you’ll learn about the different lodgings, recreational equipment and organisation that make these neighbourhoods symbols of social progress.


Kalivie - Joseph Else Mine

Enter the old cloak room of the Joseph Else mine and visit the original “clothes hanging room” in the mine! With guide-miners from the Kalivie association, get to know the objects, machines and furniture that were part of the miners’ daily lives.

The mineral collection of the MDPA will teach you about potash and how it is formed.


Rodolphe mines

Follow the former miners from the Rodolphe Company who will show you the unique architecture of the Roldolphe mines, its headframes, its extraction systems and its many refurbished machines.

The realistic reproductions and enormous size of the mine make it a genuine industrial holy site.


Sainte-Barbe Church and memorial

Come see the surprising hidden treasure that is the décor of the Saint-Barbe Church! In the centre of the miner’s neighbourhood, between 1929 and 1931 the painter George Desvallières made various paintings to decorate the church.

A few paces away at the foot of the Théodore headframe, which rose above the neighbourhood, a memorial honours the 827 victims of mining accidents.

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