The guide was very informative and it was interesting to hear the history of amethysts and the way in which the mine owners are working in order to keep the mine open for a number of years to come. Yes, it is a bit touristy but then it is a "tourist attraction". "Digging" for amethysts was OK, but you don't need to dig very far as they are lying all over the small area you are taken too! You get to keep the first amethyst you find - it is deemed to be your "lucky amethyst" but you do have to show the guide any others you find and pay him directly. Only a small charge - I paid 1 euro for my second, small, piece, others paid 5 euros for a little handful of smaller amethyst chips. We didn't go into the café. Nice views from the top of the mine, and the fire at the top is a welcome feature.
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