Altböckstein Mining Museum in Bad Gastein offers visitors a
unique opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the
development of gold mining in the region.
This story began more than a thousand years ago with a gold rush that swept the area, hunters for precious metal came here from all over Europe. In 1342, Archbishop Heinrich von Pirnbrunn, who was then the ruler of Salzburg, issued a decree on the ordering of gold mining.
Huge reserves of ore and well-established ties with South German trading houses contributed to the flourishing of the region, for example, only in 1557 the prospectors managed to extract 830 kg of gold and 2723 kg of silver. But this could not go on for a long time, gradually the ore reserves were depleted, and mining was stopped.
In the 17th century, Archbishop Markus Sitticus reopened the case with the aim of providing at least some employment to the unemployed miners. New developments made it possible to re-establish the extraction of the precious metal. However, it was not possible to reach the previous records, and today only the museum can tell about the former splendor.
It is located in two adjacent buildings - Salzstadel and Seumerstal. In the first, the working tools of the miners are exhibited, and in the second, the reconstruction of an industrial ore grinder.
In summer, the doors of the museum are open daily from 15.00 to 18.00, and every Tuesday and Thursday special excursions are held, telling about how the gold and silver mining was carried out here.
The museum is part of the historic mining settlement in
Altböckstein. The two buildings Salzstadel and Säumerstall house
historical tools and machines from the former gold mining in the
Gastein Valley. The salt barn was restored in 1979 and 1980. As a
result, the stallion stall was also renovated and integrated into
While the miners' small tools and numerous illustrations are shown in the Salzstadel, replicas of a poacher can be seen in the Säumerstall.
The Rathausberg am Naßfeld power plant is attached to the museum.
In 1977 the demolition of the settlement was prevented by placing it under protection. The museum was founded by Peter Sika at the suggestion of the mining historian Fritz Gruber, who lives in Böckstein.