Why children and adults in Bad Herrenalb are in the “gold rush”.

On the trail of the precious metal

The search for gold in the Alps – courses are offered for this. Who’s coming, what are people’s expectations, what do the gold makers find? We ask.


Gold Rush: Equipped with washbasins, gold plates went to work in the Alps. Johannes Lang (left) traveled from Bahlingen. Right, Jonas of Ettlingen checking gold content with Grandfather Hans Joachim Prinz.

Photo: Sabine Zoller

gold rush? In any case, at the end of the summer holidays, not only children, but also adults were attracted to Bad Herrenalb “for gold in the Alps.” They tried their luck on the outskirts of Seven Valleys City as eager prospectors for gold.

“This is a topic that has piqued my interest for a long time,” said Andreas Holstein of Sindelfingen, who traveled for an hour to attend Michael Leopold’s Gold Banning Course. Even the name of gold sounds in the ears.

Together with 20 or so people, Holstein listens wholeheartedly to the explanations of geologist Durlach, who knows how to talk about fairy tales and legends as well as the origin of the rare precious metal in the Alps.

The gold in Bad Herrenalb comes from the Alps

“We don’t wash the gold of the Black Forest here, but the gold of the Rhine,” explains Leopold. It shows that gold comes from the Alps. The precious mineral, washed by rain in rivers and turned into small slabs among sand and pebbles, was deposited in the Rhine Valley for centuries.

“The roads are littered with gravel and the gravel banks are strewn with alpine,” says Leopold, who explains. Equipment for the amateur prospector.

“Prospecting for gold is density fragmentation,” explains the twenty-year-old, who slides a wooden outlet into the Jura and demonstrates how the river’s current washes away the accumulated material.

With the trinity of shoveling, piling and rinsing, gold prospectors, equipped with rubber boots, begin to work in the course of the Alps. Jonas of Ettlingen is with his grandfather Hans Joachim Prinz and has already chosen a suitable place to separate the rough from the fine on the dam.

We read about it on BNN and just managed to get the last two places.

Heik Bukowski in “Gold Prospecting Course”

The remainder goes to the washing bowl. “Golden adornments can be seen with the naked eye,” said Julius (10) of Schlottenbach, who was sitting in the meadow with his brother Matisse (8) and his mother Heik, looking for shimmering gold particles among the washing grooves. deprivation.

“We read about it on BNN and just got the last two places,” says Heike Bukowski, who sucks a piece of gold tinsel using a pipette and mixes it with water and sand particles in a Mattis test tube. “You need a lot of patience, but despite the wet feet, searching for the precious metal is a lot of fun.”

Two hours have passed so far, and Johannes Lang of Ballingen, who uses the course as a subject teacher during summer vacation, is enjoying the atmosphere of the gold hunters. “I’m going to stay as long as possible, but I don’t think you can even evaluate what I’ve collected.”

In this statement, a smile crosses the face of Michael Leopold, who is happy to confirm that a successful gold plate might take ten to fifteen pieces of gold tinsel with him, but a scoop of ice cream requires about 200 gold tinsel.

The search for gold leaves a lasting memory. What remains is the joy of prospecting for gold and the experience that involves a lot of work.

Appointments and registration for courses

Michael Leopold is available for individual appointments at info@mutabor-seminare.de. Courses can also be booked via the city of Bad Herrenalb info@badherrenalb.de. Information about www.badherrenalb.de. or at event provider Jochen Schweizer at www.jochen-schweizer.de Spare.

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