Flower of Uruguay – the most striking crystal cluster

Mineralien Hamburg with a new hall concept

The unique pieces and exhibits as well as around 400 global exhibitors at the fourth largest minerals fair in the world delight visitors every year in the run-up to Christmas. For three days in December, rare and fascinating minerals, exquisite jewellery, precious one-of-a-kind pieces and extraordinary fossils from prehistoric times are at the Hamburger Fairground to both astonish visitors and be purchased. The elite selection of exhibitors is complemented by an exciting social programme. And those looking for that special gift this Christmas are sure to find it.

New hall concept impresses

“We are already well booked,” says Michael Arfmann, Mineralien Hamburg Project Leader. “More than 80 per cent of the exhibition space is rented.” Around 30 per cent of the registered exhibitors will be taking part for the first time. The new hall concept was very well received by the exhibitors who have already received their allotments. There is only one entrance and exit this year: the East Entrance situated beside the Kirschhöfen will be open for the three fair days. Visitors will find the extensive range of exhibitors, the hands-on activities for children and youth and a compact lecture forum on four hall levels (B3 and B4). And this year's highlight, the Flower of Uruguay, can be admired in the hub between halls B3 and B4.

Flower of Uruguay

Precious finds and selected specimens are featured on the Mineralien Hamburg programme. The ‘Flower of Uruguay’, which will be on show for the first time at the Mineralien Hamburg, is a spectacular and fascinating piece that will enthral visitors at a special show. The piece comprises of 400 kilogrammes of heavy druse with astounding amethyst crystals crowned in calcite. But that’s not all: this unique druse opens in an audio-visual installation to the music of the multiple award-winning jazz pianist, Joachim Kühn, and the voice of the famous actor and singer, Volker Lechtenbrink.

Pupils’ Rally 2019 – A trip through the fascinating world of minerals

The kick-off of the Mineralien Hamburg is also devoted to its youngest visitors: on the first day of the fair, more than 400 pupils from schools in Hamburg and northern Germany will visit the fairground at precisely 10 am and embark on an exciting and educational exploration through the world of minerals and fossils.

Outstanding programme for all the family

The Discovery Hall offers exciting activities for families and children, where experts will fuel the fascination for rocks. The diverse programme covers ‘washing gold’ and ‘experiencing fossils’ to ‘excavations’.

The finishing touches

What gemstone processing is capable of and which wonderful pieces of jewellery can be created will also be demonstrated at the Mineralien Hamburg in the Discovery Hall. Visitors can watch a gemstone engraver and a gemstone cutter at work on all three days of the fair. The programme is rounded off by an information stand where you can find out everything about Germany's gemstone metropolis, Idar-Oberstein. Visitors can get to know the current Gemstone Queen personally.

About Mineralien Hamburg

Mineralien Hamburg 2019 will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm from 6 to 8 December. Entrance tickets cost €10 (€8 concessional). The family ticket and the three-day ticket cost €18 respectively. Tickets for children aged 6 to 15 cost €5. Admission is free for children under 6 years old. There is a last-minute ticket available daily after 3 pm priced at €5. Further information and photographs can be downloaded from www.mineralien-hamburg.de  Mineralien Hamburg is also on Facebook at facebook.com/mineralien.hamburg

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