The Styrian Erzberg is unique on our planet, and it belongs to the TOP 5 tourist destinations in Styria. Its incredible shape on the surface, the exciting and interesting underground tour in the Show Mine,
as well as the adventurous trip with the biggest yellow cab of the world, the 860 HP powered Hauly, is definitely taking your breath away.The Profitcenter Abenteuer Erzberg lets visitors from all around the world
experience authentic ore mining firsthand, thereby uniting history and presence, as well as showing future prospects. Guests are able to explore modern open-pit mining, thus getting insights into the every-day lives of
For visitors the adventure „Abenteuer Erzberg“ starts in the entrance hall of the “Talstation”, a historical building. It is the starting point for an incredible trip into the biggest open-pit mining area of Central
Europe. Even when entering the hall, people can see the very fast development in mining: the “Talstation” was the bottom station of an inclined elevator, called “Hugo-Stinnes-Aufzug”, which took thousands of miners to
their workplace or to their houses on the Erzberg, and which also took visitors to the top station “Berghaus” (1,220 meters above sea-level) from 1924 to 1965, when the inclined elevator eventually was shut down. The
bottom station was later rebuilt to meet touristic requirements, but without losing its former functional shape. Modernized and adapted for tourism, the building serves as reception hall today.
This reception hall has several offers for guests: in the “Haulyrestaurant” delicious meals and drinks are served, the “Haulyshop” offers numerous souvenirs, and the “Vernissage
Erzberg” by Dr. August Zöbl can be gazed at without charge. Additionally, souvenir pictures of the guests are taken which can be purchased.
Hauly Adventure Trip
Visitors go up the level of the Erzberg by the most powerful and biggest yellow cab of the world – the so-called “Hauly” – which is a modified 860-HP dumper with seats and a viewing
platform. During the one-hour trip visitors are able to watch dumpers and wheel loaders in operation, thereby experiencing modern open-pit mining at its best.
Furthermore, visitors get interesting facts about open-pit mining and the work of the miners, and they get to know the landscape and regional culture of the area, and they pass important checkpoints of the
On Thursdays visitors get the opportunity to experience mining extremely close, as they are directly taken to the place by the Hauly, where they can watch a real live blast. There they can see how about 60.000 tons
of ore and stone are blasted out of the solid mountain. The blast-foreman is happy to answer all of the visitor’s questions. As a souvenir all the guests get a written report of the blast which includes detailed facts
(Abenteuer Erzberg strongly recommends making a reservation for this trip as the demand is very high and there is limited space.)
Schaubergwerk – Show Mine
Under the surface of the Erzberg there lies a hidden maze of tunnels that wants to be explored. The Show Mine trip offers interesting insights into the tough working conditions underground from the Middle Ages to
the 20th century. Furthermore, visitors can see and hear how this unique mountain developed geologically, and an old miner tells them the ancient legend of the mystical creature “Wassermann”. But there are several
other highlights in the Show Mine: guests are eyewitnesses of an audiovisual dynamite blast, and children – as well as adults – can try out some of the miners’ old tools and machines.
8790 Eisenerz, Erzberg 1
Tel.: 03848/32 00
Fax: 03842/20 90-58 10
May 01 – October 31:
Daily 10:00 – 15:00hrs,
Advance reservation recommended.
All guided tours are in German, English guided tours are possible by arrangement.
Combined tickets 2017
Hauly+Showmine – Duration approx. 2,5hours
Adults € 30,–
Children (aged 4-6) € 13,50
Pupils (aged 7-15) ) € 14,50
Groups (from 25 pax) € 27,– p.P.
Further information at the website.