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 begins at the Wehrhofalm. Opposite the bus stop, cross the bridge and then walk along the forest road to the left through a short section of forest and then along the edge of the forest. After a slight uphill section, your path branches off to the left onto another forest road and after just a few minutes you reach the Nickel Museum.

The nickel smelter as a museum

The Nickel Museum deals with the topic of mining history in the Schladminger Tauern. The museum is open to visitors every Wednesday and Friday morning. The children can let off steam a little around the museum - including in a specially built small tunnel.

From the museum you hike along the forest path back to the Wehrhofalm. Alternatively, you can turn right down to Obertalstraße immediately after the signposted forest road fork. From there, take the Obertalstraße road into the valley until you reach the start of the gravel road. Now you turn left onto the access road to the Hirsch forestry administration. At the small chapel you keep left and walk past it out of the valley to the pond at the Wehrhofalm, where you can comfortably stop off.

You can also start the tour at the Hopfriesen hiking portal.


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