The Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the heart of the Alps, in the Pongau region in Salzburger Land, approx. 50 km south of the Mozart city of Salzburg. The Geopark extends over the four municipalities of Hüttau, Bischofshofen, Mühlbach am Hochkönig and St. Veit im Pongau and covers around 211 km². The settlement of this region dates back to the Copper and Bronze Ages, not least due to its wealth of raw materials. True to the motto "Feel the History", this history of mining can be experienced up close and intensively in the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark.
There are several locations in the Geopark where you can learn a lot about the region, its history, geology and mining. You can visit the Visitor Center in Bischofshofen, the three Show Mines and the three Mining Museums in Hüttau, Mühlbach am Hochkönig and St. Veit im Pongau. Or you can hike in stages along the 54 km long Ore Trail that connects the Geopark communities. Enjoy the beautiful nature and be inspired by the Geosites along the hiking trail.
The Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark presents geological features and phenomena and makes a significant contribution to raising awareness of their importance, value and preservation for posterity. The geomorphological wealth of forms is the product of thousands or millions of years of the earth's history and should be protected in the long term. People must be made aware of the importance of soils as the basis of life.
In summer 2019, the ORF Land der Berge team produced a program entitled "Hochkönigs Wanderreich-Wilde Wasser & Bunte Erze". Take your time and enjoy the pictures and information.
Mühlbach am Hochkönig
St. Veit im Pongau