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During the winter holidays, terra mineralia at Schloss Freudenstein Freiberg welcomes young guests to the Ice Age. The girls and boys learn about the people and animals that lived in Europe during the last ice age and how glaciers, ice and snow shaped the landscape.


The children travel back 10,000 years into the past: they are at the end of the cold period and therefore also at the end of the Palaeolithic Age. Europe is still partially covered by large glaciers and it is much colder than it is today. On a tour of the exhibition, the children can playfully find out what exactly an ice age is and how it was connected to the Palaeolithic period. They learn about the types of people who lived in Europe and how our ancestors used stones and minerals as tools, hunting weapons, to make paint and even to make fires.

In the hands-on "Research Journey" laboratory, students from TU Bergakademie Freiberg conduct exciting experiments together with the children. How is a glacier formed? How can it move? Finally, the question of how we can recognise today that the great glaciers of the Ice Age actually existed is answered. Once the girls and boys have answered all the questions, they can create a cave painting to take home with them.

The winter holiday programme "Welcome to the Ice Age!" is open daily from 10 - 25 February 2024 from 10 am to 5 pm. You should plan around 1.5 hours for your visit. You can start at any time. Registration is only required for children's and after-school groups. For more information, please contact the information desk on 03731 394654 or fuehrungen [at] terra-mineralia [dot] de (fuehrungen[at]terra-mineralia[dot]de).

Important information at a glance

  • Time period: 10 - 25 February 2024, 10 am - 5 pm. terra mineralia is also open on Mondays during the winter holidays.
  • Duration: approx. 1.5 hours, participation possible at any time from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Last start: 3:30 pm
  • Participation: Families without registration. Children's and after-school groups with advance booking on 03731-394654.
  • Admission prices: Day ticket 10.00 euros/5.00 euros, family ticket 22.00 euros
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