Show Mines

The show mines and "holes" in the Geopark municipalities of Hüttau, Mühlbach am Hochkönig and St. Veit im Pongau are highlights for all visitors. Here, you can immerse yourself in a mystical world of darkness, and experience how miners descended into the Earth to extract precious metals. Journey through these tunnels, and discover a world of colorful ores—gold, green, white, blue—shining through the darkness.

Show Mine Larzenbach in Hüttau

You walk up and down the stairs through the centuries-old, painstakingly created Larzenbach Show Mine in Hüttau and immerse yourself in the fascinating medieval working world of the miners. Austria's most beautiful copper ore vein and the colorful minerals are the highlights of the guided tour through our show mine.

With a constant temperature of 7-8°C in the mine, warm clothing and sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. The tours are always accompanied by a guide and last about an hour. To round off the visit to the show mine, we recommend a visit to the "Ores, Gold and Minerals" museum.

Show Mine Johanna Stollen in Mühlbach am Hochkönig

The Johanna Stollen Show Mine provides a comprehensive insight into the mining techniques of the last millennia. There are currently 15 stations where you can see and learn lots of interesting facts about the mining, drilling, blasting and extraction technology in the largest copper district in the Eastern Alps, the "Mitterberg" in Mühlbach am Hochkönig. Some of these stations simulate activities during mining operations, enabling you to experience what working at a mine felt like.

After visiting the Johanna Mine, we head to the mining museum in the old miners' home, just a few minutes' walk away, which complements the show mine with its contents. Here you can learn about the mining history of the region as well as the life of "Bubi Bradl".

Show Mine Sunnpau in St. Veit im Pongau

During a one hour tour you can relive 4.000 years of mining history in Show Mine Sunnpau in St. Veit im PongauFrom the prehistoric beginnings with stone mallets, wooden wedges and fire setting to ore mining with mining irons and chisels and the use of blasting powder. Underground mining began in 1.500 BC.

When iron processing was discovered around 800 BC, copper and therefore mining in St. Veit im Pongau became less important. It was not until the Middle Ages around 1.300 AD that copper was mined again, as it was needed as an additive in gold smelting. It was not until 1875 that mining in Sunnpau finally ceased.

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