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The story from the Rauris Valley

Raurisertal Radhaus Goldbergbauzeit | © TVB Rauris – Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

The Rauris Valley is one of the few permanently populated Tauern valleys and was considered the center of gold mining for centuries. The Rauris Valley, with its valley head Kolm Saigurn and the Seidlwinkl Valley, can therefore look back on a fascinating history.

Various finds show that the paths over the Rauris Tauern (Hochtor) were used very early on. For example, a massive, gold-plated collar on the Maschlalm in the Seidlwinkl Valley, which dates back to the La Tène period around 400 BC. A copy of the collar is now on display in the Rauris Valley Museum.

The valley was settled from south to north. The present-day town of Rauris was formerly named after the Gaisbach, on whose alluvial fan it was built, and was first mentioned in documents in 1120. Gaisbach probably because the mouth of the stream into the main valley flows through narrow, steep walls where only goats could graze.
In 1122, when Bishop Heinrich von Freising gave two farms to his brother Count Friedrich von Peilstein, the name "Rurise" first appeared and referred to the entire valley.

The most important factor for the valley was of course gold mining, which reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries. At that time, around 3,000 people lived in the Rauris Valley, and 450 mines were in operation.

Raurisertal Talmuseum | © TVB Rauris - Fotograf Anna Raad

Real. Worth seeing The Rauris Valley Museum

The Valley Museum has 14 exhibition rooms explaining, among other things, how the first skis came to Rauris, how gold mining shaped the Rauris Valley and how Europe's highest, permanent weather observatory was created.
You can buy books about the history of the Rauris Valley and the old houses at the tourist office - our team will be happy to advise you.

Information Rauris Valley Museum

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Milestones in the history of the Rauris Valley

Milestones in the history of the Rauris Valley
Raurisertal Alte Ansichten | © TVB Rauris – Fotograf Florian Bachmeier


You can get some books about the history and cuisine of Raurisertal from us at the tourist office. Come by, we'll be happy to advise you!

Tourismusbüro Rauris
Sportstraße 2
5661 Rauris
+43 6544 200 22