Visit Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines

Do you want to visit a beautiful region and add a cultural trip to your nature trip?
Discover the green setting of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, nested at the heart of the Val d’Argent (Silver Valley) in France.

A lovely village in Alsace

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines is located at the center of Alsace, halfway to Strasbourg and Colmar.
This beautiful Alsatian village benefits from an amazing setting, surrounded by calm and nature, at the heart of the Ballons des Vosges Nature Park.

This makes Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in particular, and the Val d’Argent in general, the perfect spot to discover and to enjoy the Alsace region.
Go out on a hike in the Vosges, visit the representative castles of the region, such as the majestic Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, travel through the villages on the Alsace wine route, all from this great outpost to the Haut-Rhin, to the Bas-Rhin and to the Vosges.

Exhibitions in Alsace

Alsace is also a land of culture, rich with history and heritage.

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines will surprise you with unique exhibitions in Alsace and invite you to step out of the ordinary.
The city and the Val d’Argent are mainly known for their mining history, and for the role they played in the settlement of the first Amish in Alsace before they were exiled to the USA.

Patchwork exhibition

Discover our fair in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and across the Val d’Argent.
The European Patchwork Meeting gathers professionals, artists and textile lovers every year.
Listed in the top 3 of global events around the textile arts, the European Patchwork Meeting combines every year over 30 exhibitions by international textile artists and a shopping area of nearly 50,000 square feet dedicated to thread and textile creations, patchwork and sewing, for a truly encompassing event. You will find everything you need in the shopping area: fabric, materials, accessories…

It is an opportunity unique in France and Europe to discover hundreds of textile artworks and patchwork creations, and to meet up with tenths of artists chosen each year among the best in the world, young talents and expert collectors.

At the heart of the Val d’Argent, birthplace of the Amish movement, dive in history and learn how to identify the patterns of an Amish quilt. Attend classes and sewing workshops and learn how to successfully create a patchwork or a quilt, to make your own beautiful piece. Discover the latest trends.

See you from September 14 to September 17, 2023, in the Val d’Argent villages: Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Lièpvre and Rombach-le-Franc.

Mineral & Gem

An amazing event in France, Mineral & Gem is a unique opportunity to meet with experts from all around the world: minerals, rough stones, fossils, meteorites and specialist press. Mineral & Gem is among the global top 2! Over 1,000 exhibitors attend the fair every year.

This exhibition is unique in Alsace and France, and it happens in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines!
Exceptional pieces are presented during Mineral & Gem: unique crystals and extremely rare specimens that will spark a light in the eyes of everyone at all ages, gem collectors and curious minds alike.

Tellure Park – Silver mine

The largest subterranean cavity in the Vosges Mountain, entirely man-made, the Tellure silver mine was in operation during nearly 400 years.

Nowadays, you can visit the Tellure Park with a professional and passionate guide, and discover an extraordinary underground world.

Saint-Louis Eisenthür silver mine

Since its opening in 1549 for its silver ore, the mine has been a remarkable establishment in town.

Dive underground and in history to experience a surprising adventure.
The mine is still intact, unchanged throughout the centuries. Discover how the miners worked in the 16th century. Bring your whole family on this unusual visit of a mine.