True golden moments are just waiting for you to experience in Rauris as the first slivers of gold begin to sparkle inside your pan. For centuries, Rauris Valley – in the heart of the Goldberg Group – was a mecca of gold mining – until gold mining finally ceased during the past century. At its height, around 10% of world gold production was focused on the Rauris and neighboring Gastein Valleys of SalzburgerLand. It is estimated that 120 tons of this precious metal are still deposited throughout the Goldberg Group. Reason enough, then, to put your luck to the test as a treasure hunter at our gold-panning locations in Rauris!
At our three gold-panning sites – the Bodenhaus, Heimalm and Sportalm – you will be able to pan, with expert assistance if you wish, for fine flakes of gold in the water. Of course, you are welcome to take these golden souvenirs of your summer vacation in Hohe Tauern National Park home with you!
Evidence of gold mining can be found, amongst other places, at the Kolm Saigurn valley head along the Tauern Gold Theme Path. Here, during your hike you will come across the ruins of old miners’ homes, the "Bremserhäusl" as well as the "Radhaus".
Also on exhibition at the Zimmererhütte next to the Naturfreundehaus are interesting items from the gold-mining days. At the Valley Museum in the center of Rauris, you will learn how Raurisertal became the “Golden Valley of the Alps”, how Europe’s highest permanent weather station on the Hoher Sonnblick came to be built, and what Ignaz Rojacher, known as "Kolm Naz", had to do with all of it.
In addition, Rauris Valley also made a name for itself as host venue for the Gold-Panning World Championships. It was here in Rauris, in the 1980’s and 90’s, that world and European gold-panning competition took place. The next championships in Rauris – the AUSTRIAN OPEN - are scheduled to be held from 8 to 10 July 2016.
At the original Bodenhaus gold-panning location, about 20 minutes’ drive from the town center of Rauris, you will be able to pan – equipped with rubber boots, shovel and a pan – right in the running waters of the Hüttwinkl Ache. Particular good fun for the kids_ their own water playground.
Opening Times:End of May to mid-September (21.09.2015): daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (depending on weather)
Admission free with the SalzburgerLand Card and Hohe Tauern Card. National Park Card partner.
Set out to your treasure hunt on the climate-friendly Hochalmbahn lift: There at the mid-station, site of the Heimalm (refreshment opportunity), you have excellent prospects of making a find, while the views of Rauris Valley are exceptional. The newly built panning site, where you pan in wooden tubs, is also an exciting attraction for prospectors big and small, not least because of a 3 meters-high waterwheel!
Hours:zu den Open during the same hours as the Rauriser Hochalmbahn lifts
The roofed panning site at Gasthof Sportalm, where you will be panning in wooden tubs, is run by Manfred Maier, two-time national gold-panning champion, and his family.
Opening Times:Daily during summer season from 10 a.m. (June and September: closed Mondays)
Prices 2015:Panning lesson as well as loan of gear, vial and certificate Euro 6 per person
Want to learn more about gold mining and the history of Rauris Valley in general? The Valley Museum in Rauris and the Zimmererhütte at Kolm Saigurn valley head are always well worth a visit. For information about opening times, please contact Rauris Tourist Office (T: +43 6544 200 22). .