The smelter tour in Hopfriesen

A hike to the historic nickel smelter in Hopfriesen which is used as a museum today

Das Nickelmuseum - ein historischer Schmelzofenzoom

Trail head:

Wehrhofalm or Holdalm

Walking time:

1-1.5 hours

The smelter tour is a perfect destination for families and kids. The short hike in the Hopfriesen area offers interesting facts about the historic mining in the Schladminger Tauern mountain range and various playful elements for kids.

The tour starts at Wehrhofalm and takes course along the fishpond and through a short forest section. Thereafter the trail runs along the border of the wood until it reaches the gravel road that leads to Eschachalm. Here you take a right and after about 200 m turn left over the bridge to Holdalm.

The nickel smelter as a museum

Passing Holdalm you reach the Nickelmuseum in approx. 10 minutes. At the museum the historic mining activity in the Schladming Tauern range is well explained. Each Wednesday and Friday morning the museum is open for visitors. Around the museum there is plenty of opportunities for kids to play and have a fling.

From the museum the trail takes course via a logging road until you reach the bridge at Wehrhofalm. Of course you can also choose the Holdalm as your trail head. We also advise to add the Moosmandlweg trail to the tour.