The Ore of the Alps Association looks after the UNESCO Global Geopark in Salzburger Land, which offers insights into the rich history of mining since the Bronze Age. Visitors can visit the visitor centre, explore show mines or hike along the 60 km long ore trail.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the ski jump area of Bischofshofen next to the famous Paul Ausserleitner ski jump. Built as part of a BayAut Interreg project, it offers a joint exhibition by the Geopark towns of Hüttau, Bischofshofen, Mühlbach am Hochkönig and St. Veit im Pongau on prehistoric and historic ore mining. Visitors can experience a presentation of all the Geopark attractions such as geosites, show mines and museums.

UNESCO Global Geopark

The Global Geopark Network comprises 213 geoparks in 48 countries, which have been officially recognised as UNESCO Global Geoparks since 2015. In Austria, three geoparks are part of this network: the Eisenwurzen region in Styria, the cross-border Karawanken region in Carinthia/Slovenia and the Geopark Erz der Alpen in Salzburg.

Ore of the Alps Association

The Ore of the Alps Association is the supporting organisation of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark. Become a member of the Ore of the Alps Association and you will receive many exciting benefits!


Discover a variety of museums that bring visitors closer to the geological history and cultural significance of the regions. From interactive exhibitions on fossils and rocks to insights into traditional mining culture, these museums offer a rich experience for visitors of all ages.


Here, show mines offer fascinating insights into the world of mining and minerals. Visitors have the opportunity to delve into the depths of the mines and experience the life of the miners. Guided tours allow them to understand the history of mining and admire the impressive formations of ore veins and rocks. These show mines are important places for preserving and communicating the cultural heritage and industrial past of the regions.