ACCOMMODATION & SIGHTSEEING
For your accommodation during Mineral & Gem, please contact the tourist office:
Office de Tourisme du Val d’Argent***
- 86 rue Wilson
- F – 68160 Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines
– Phone: +188.8.131.52.80.50
You may also download this guide from the Tourist Office (picture), as well as the list of accommodations around the Silver Valley.
VISITORS PARKING LOTS
All the parking lots are close to the sites and connected by free shuttles to the Mineral and Gem areas. A total of 5000 parking spaces are distributed for your comfort in several locations of the city. Download the map of the parking lots HERE.
Shuttles connect the different parking facilities to the ‘Mineral’ zone and the ‘Gem’ zone during the opening time of the show.
You may download the map of the parking facilities HERE.
THE LITTLE TRAIN
A free little train connects the ‘Mineral’ zone and the ‘Gem’ zone.
It is also possible to walk between the two zones within 5 minutes on a 400 meters distance.
Mineral zone: Central Roundabout
Mineral zone: covered playground of Val d’Argent Expo
Gem zone: Courtyard of the Salle Prestige
Free childcare for children up to 12 years old.
Thursday to Saturday , from 9 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Mineral Zone, in the de Lattre school, rue de la Résistance.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE OUTLETS
7 spots available (5 in the Mineral zone, 2 in the Gem zone) as well as bars. Restaurants are located outside the zones of the show and the Tourist Office in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines will be pleased to give you more information.
CASH MACHINES (ATM)
5 cash machines (ATM) are outside the zones, in the centre of town (2-5 min. walk).
RED CROSS FIRST AID STATIONS
2 permanent stations are available:
> 1 in the Mineral zone next to the Theatre
> 1 in the Gem zone, Place des Tisserands
MINERALS AND GEMS APPRAISERS
Experts will be on site to appraise, verify and validate the quality of the exhibited goods during the event. Visitors may ask for their assistance and advisory service.
Information at the Gem zone information kiosk.
PERSONS WITH REDUCED MOBILITY
Most sites of the exhibition are accessible to persons with reduced mobility. Parking spaces and disabled toilet facilities have been specially created for people with limited mobility access.
Possibility of borrowing wheelchairs according to availability in Salle Simonet.
Both zones are covered by a free WIFI connection.
Our four-legged friends are welcome to Mineral & Gem, provided that they are carried or kept on a leash. However, due to the family character of the show and the significant number of visitors, the dogs of category 1 and 2 (dogs of attack, guarding and defense) have to wear a muzzle and can enter only according to the appreciation of the security guards. Dogs stay in all cases under the liability of their masters, who guarantee their behavior.
3 loading areas (‘ZC’ on our maps) are available to allow buyers purchasing large quantities of goods to bring their vehicle as close as possible to the sites:
· Place Foch (Mineral Zone)
- · Rue St-Louis (Mineral Zone)
- · Rue des Jardins (Gem Zone)
Rate: 10€ for an hour. A 100€ deposit will be requested.