Gold panning

in the golden valley of the alps

Gold panning in Rauris, the golden Valley of the Alps

This outdoor activity has its roots in a history which stretches back for hundreds of years.  The Raurisertal's gold-mining tradition is as rich as it gets. After mining was shut down in the last century, only a few people continued on by trying their hand at panning for the precious ore. Nowadays, however, three delightful panning sites await both locals and visitors alike.  With some expert instruction, you'll quickly become a real treasure hunter and - who knows - with a little bit of luck, you might even turn up your own pot of gold!

Panning for gold is a science unto itself. What is the correct way to hold the pan?  How much water should you have in your pan?  Well, the folks who'll be at your side are real experts in this field, with one or two different titles under their belts from the international championships.

View to the original gold panning site Bodenhaus

Original Gold panning site Bodenhaus
A broad playground ensures that every gold panner, no matter whether young or old, has a great time while they're at this original gold panning site.
23. May - September
Daily from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Prices 2015: 
Gold panning lesson incl. equipment: 

€ 6,00 per person
Rental Equipment:
1 pair rubber boots (size 23 - 49): € 2,00 per day
1 Goldpanning-pan: € 5,00 per day
Gold panning lesson incl. equipment for groups (min. 10 persons):
€ 3,50 per person
Gold panning with own equipment:
€ 6,00 per person
Erlebniswelt Tauerngold
[tel] +43 6544 7052 / +43 664 5835 369

Tourismusverband Rauris
[tel] +43 (0)6544 20022
[fax] +43 (0)6544 20022 6030

Gold panning site Sportalm
Maier Manfred
Sportalm Rauris
[tel] +43 6544 6255

Gold panning site Heimalm
Nikanor Granegger
[tel] +43 6544 6334

Covered Gold Panning Site at the Sportalm

Goldpanning at Sportalm

close to the center of town
If you're looking to put together your own personal treasure trove, come to the newly redesigned, covered gold panning site at the Sportalm. This is the ideal alternative during inclement weather.  The panning site is personally run by the innkeeper and two-time National Champion, Manfred Maier.
The Sportalm also offers a wide selection of gold souvenirs.

Daily from 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.

Gold panning incl. equipment
Lesson in gold panning, glass tube, equipment loan, certificate, any gold you find. € 5,-

Manfred Maier
Sportalm Rauris
[tel] +43 6544 6255

History of gold

History of gold

GOLD always occurs as a pure metal. Those clumps which are the size of millet or hazelnuts, are the nuggets we know from the adventure films.  The vast majority of the gold in the streams of the Tauern mountains, however, consists of small grains and flecks.

The GOLD generally starts out contained in hard rock.  But even the hardest of rock weathers away and, since GOLD is not attacked either by water or air, it retains its luster and color, even after the rock has been eroded away.

Streams and rivers carry these loose gold particles along with the sand and pebbles.  Because of its weight (a specific weight of 19), the GOLD separates out much more easily than the sand and other minerals.  As the river waters make their way down the mountain, there are places where, though the speed of the current continues to move the pebbles and sand, the GOLD tends to settle on the bottom.  It is at such places that GOLD appears in higher concentrations - a process we know as alluvial sedimentation.
The process we know as "panning" has been conducted in almost the same way since ancient times.  It involves moving the sediment of sand and gold about in the water, so that the sand is removed and the GOLD remains behind ... now that's quite a find!
Any GOLD you find is yours!