Dürrnberg five o’clock ringing

The alarm clock of the miners

The Dürrnberg five o’clock ringing still dates back to the time when the Dürrnberg was wrested its white gold. The miners’ early shift began at six in the morning. In order to get out of bed on time, and because clocks were still a precious possession at that time and hardly common among miners, they had to make do in another way.

In 1642, the church bells were ordered to ring at five in the morning to wake up the miners in the village. To this day, the church bells are rung after the five o’clock stroke. Even if it is no longer necessary today – but the official decree has never been revoked.