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Mining and local history museum - Knappenhaus Unterlaussa

Unterlaussa, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • pets allowed
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

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In the faithfully reconstructed "Knappenhaus vom Blahberg" in the Reichraminger Hintergebirge, you will experience a journey through time through the mining history of the region in the middle of the village of Unterlaussa. Iron, coal, gagat and bauxite were the raw materials that were mined in the region.

With the guest card "In total more" you get a 20% discount on one entry and with the Pyhrn-Priel Card free entry.

On the occasion of the 1998 Upper Austrian provincial exhibition "Land of Hammers - Home of the Eisenwurzen", a faithful replica of the "Blahberg miners' house" was built in the village of Unterlaussa and made accessible to the public as a museum. For more than 20 years, this museum has been teaching people about mining in the Eisenwurzen region. You will also find objects from mining areas in Europe that are up to 4000 years old.

The main theme of the exhibition is, of course, the mining of the raw materials found in the Eisenwurzen, such as gagat (a type of coal that was already used in the Stone Age to make jewellery), hard coal, ironstone and bauxite (the only mining area in Austria), which is used as a raw material for aluminium production. Experience authentic stories of former miners and inhabitants of the mining settlement Weißwasser in a video and see original tools, the so-called Gezähe, of the miners.

Through a replica of a section of a mine tunnel, the path leads back "into the open air", where you can learn about the longest material ropeways in Central Europe at the time. In addition, the topic of aluminium, from production to the end product, is dealt with here.

On the upper floor:
Exhibition: "Finds Tell".
In the Kalkalpen National Park, historical objects such as slaughtering nails, brackets for climbing stairs and other ironware can be found time and again during hikes and mountain tours. But you can also find natural things like bone remains or red deer dropping poles. There is a story behind every find. Dr. Erich Mayrhofer, the former long-time director of the Kalkalpen National Park, had an eye for special finds from cultural and natural history. Together with exhibition designer Franz Pötscher, large parts of his collection are presented in the Knappenhaus Unterlaussa.
The content of the exhibition tells on the one hand the long history of use in the first part of the region (timber, alpine farming, mining) and on the other hand its development since the founding of the National Park in the third part. In between, the protests against the planned use of the area by modern large-scale projects are placed as a turning point in history in Part 2.

5 May until 26 October 2023: Sunday and public holiday from 1.00 - 5.00 pm
and by prior appointment by telephone

From the middle of June:
Augmented reality in the Reichraminger Hintergebirge. A mobile phone app brings the former settlement of Weißwasser back to life. For more information, please visit our homepage or our Facebook page.

Closing day
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
Accessibility / arrival

Public transport:
The Ennstalbahn runs between Linz and Weißenbach-St. Gallen. Details at www.ooevv.at
Stations are located in Ternberg, Trattenbach, Losenstein, Reichraming, Großraming, Küpfern, Kastenreith, Kleinreifling and Weißenbach-St. Gallen.
Arrival by car:
From Salzburg/Linz: A1 motorway exit Enns-Steyr > B115 into the Enns Valley.
From Vienna: A1 motorway exit Haag > B42 > B122 > B115 into the Enns Valley
From Passau: A8 Passau > Wels > A1 motorway exit Enns-Steyr > B115 into the Enns Valley
From Graz: A9 Pyhrnautobahn > motorway exit Klaus > Grünburg > into the Ennstal valley

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    Adults € 5,00
    Reduced € 4,00
    Children € 3,00
    Guided tour € 6,00

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      Free entry, as often as you like
    • Phyrn-Priel seasonal pass
      Free entry, as often as you like
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    With the guest card "In total more" you receive a 20% discount on one entry.

    • All weather
    • Suitable for groups
    • Suitable for schools
    • Pets allowed
    • Suitable for teenagers
    • Suitable for seniors
    • Suitable for friends
    • Suitable for couples
    • Suitable for children
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Autumn

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    Mining and local history museum - Knappenhaus Unterlaussa
    Unterlaussa/Hengstpass 13
    8934 Unterlaussa

    Phone +43 660 7622286
    mobile +43 664 4811637

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    Contact person
    Mr Knappenhaus Unterlaussa Markus Berger
    Unterlaussa/Hengstpass 13
    8934 Unterlaussa

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    Bergbau und Heimatmuseum-Knappenhaus Unterlaussa
    Markus Berger
    Unterlaussa/Hengstpass 13
    AT-8934 Unterlaussa

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