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Regional route Styrian Iron Trail | Austria

The upper Styrian region around the Erzberg mine in the city of Eisenerz has been shaped for centuries by the mining and processing of iron ore. Romans already appreciated iron just as much as the subsequent generations who sold it far to the south and east of Europe and further to the Orient. Iron ore ... more

Styrian Iron Trail

The upper Styrian region around the Erzberg mine in the city of Eisenerz has been shaped for centuries by the mining and processing of iron ore. Romans already appreciated iron just as much as the subsequent generations who sold it far to the south and east of Europe and further to the Orient.

Iron ore (mainly siderite, which is also known as chalybite, iron spar and spathic iron) has been mined from the Erzberg since at least the 11th century. To this day, the Erzberg mine is the largest open-cast iron ore mine in central Europe with the greatest siderite deposits in the world. The Erzberg mine, also known as the “Styrian loaf” in German, formed the basis of the economic boom in the upper Styrian region from the 16th century until the 20th century. Important Austrian enterprises such as voestalpine, with its steelworks in Linz, Leoben-Donawitz and Montanuniversität Leoben owe their existence to the Erzberg mine. voestalpine produces the longest railway tracks in the world here, measuring 120 metres in length.

The Styrian Iron Route, a tourist route which has been developed since 1986, offers an exciting, 100-kilometre journey through the past and present of ore mining and smelting. Numerous historical sites and several museums bear witness to the centuries-old mining, smelting and industrial history of the region.

Thirteen museums along the Styrian Iron Route joined forces to form a museum association in 2004. The museums are dedicated to evaluating the past and see this as an essential aspect of bringing the history of the region closer to the local population as well as visitors and also making the beautiful natural landscape of the upper Styrian mountains even more attractive.

Highlights of this museum association include the Styrian Erzberg mine and Radwerk IV, a historical blast furnace named after its large water wheel. The other museums also offer interesting insights into the region’s history.

A visit to these museums brings to life the history of the Styrian Iron Route.


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Eisenerz | Austria
The world's biggest taxi is as high as a house, goes by the name Hauly and has 860 hp. The converted heavy goods vehicle takes visitors right in the middle of the largest surface mining of Central Europe. Starting from the valley of the small Styrian town Eisenerz the ore mine rises like the steps ...

Erzberg Adventure
Erzberg 1
8790 Eisenerz, Austria

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Eisenerz | Austria
The city museum of Eisenerz, centrally located in the Old Town Hall at the Bergmannplatz since 2011, takes the visitor back to the heyday of local ironwork in the 16th century, with the prestigious council chamber of 1583 and the former jail as proper setting.The museum tour leads visitors from the ...

Museum in the Old Town Hall
Bergmannplatz 1
8790 Eisenerz, Austria

The Leoben MuseumsCenter with its state-of-the-art design translates 2,000 years of local, regional, and mining history into a complex experience that invites visitors to ride on “Seven rails into the past”. The seven rails stand for seven outstanding events that shape Leoben’s history and can be ...

MuseumsCenter | Kunsthalle Leoben
Kirchgasse 6
8700 Leoben, Austria

Radmer | Austria
Copper has been mined in the Radmer valley since the Bronze Age. Between 1590 and 1620 Radmer was one of the most important Alpine copper mining regions. In 1855 the mine was closed, leaving a total of 60 galleries that are mostly unknown or not accessible.Only the Paradeisstollen with its labyrinth ...

Copper Visitor Mine
Radmer 36
8795 Radmer, Austria

Vordernberg | Austria
Vordernberg was for many centuries the main centre of iron smelting south of the mountain. Most of the surviving monuments date from the reorganization of the trade in the mid-19th century. The centre of the town is a well with an elaborate wrought-iron cover of 1668. Adjacent to it is Radwerk IV, a ...

Radwerk IV Blast Furnace Museum
Peter-Tunner-Straße 2
8794 Vordernberg, Austria

Wildalpen | Austria
The museum, located in the noble 17th century mansion that once belonged to the owner of a hammer mill, is devoted to the history of water supply and to the achievements in constructing the Vienna spring water pipeline which was of significant importance for the water supply of city.Since 1910 the ...

Museum HochQuellenWasser
Säusenbach 14
8924 Wildalpen, Austria


Eisenerz is a town in the mountains of central Austria with a long history of iron mining. The Post and Telegraph Museum is located in the Kammerhof, a medieval building where mining in the region was administered and later a hunting lodge for Emperor Franz Josef. In 2016 the three-storey building ...

Austrian Post and Telegraph Museum
Österreichisches Post- und Telegraphenmuseum
Schulstraße 1
8790 Eisenerz, Austria

Gußwerk | Austria
The mountainous region of Styria was the most important source of iron and iron products in Austria from the Middle Ages onwards. In 1880 it made 60% of the iron in the Habsburg Empire. The museum of mining and foundry work at Gußwerk is in the impressive building of the former ‘kk’ iron foundry. A ...

Mining and Foundry Museum
Montan- und Gießereimuseum
Bahnhofstraße 7
8632 Gußwerk, Austria

Kammern im Liesingtal | Austria
The museum is in a beautifully converted nineteenth-century barn in a large green space in the centre of the village of Kammern. It shows the agricultural and industrial history of the region. The themes covered by the museum are connected especially with mining, agriculture and the making of ...

Museum Court
8773 Kammern im Liesingtal, Austria

Silvanum (which refers to forests in Latin) is an outstanding museum of the nature, management and culture of forests. It was founded in 1979 in a granary built in 1771 for the Innerberger Hauptgewerkschaft iron company, which used the iron ore of the region and the charcoal of the forests to make ...

The Austrian Forest Museum Silvanum
Forstmuseum Silvanum
Großreifling 22
8931 Landl, Austria

Leoben | Austria
The Gösser brewery is in an attractive group of buildings begun in 1860 by 28-year-old Max Kober. It became one of the biggest breweries in Austria. It started to export beer in bottles in the 1920s and by the 1970s it produced near a million bottles a year. The brewery museum – which they call the ...

Gösser Brewery Museum
Brauereimuseum "Gösseum"
Brauhausgasse 1
8700 Leoebn, Austria

Vordernberg | Austria
The Erzberg Railway is a standard-gauge rack railway that climbs a very steep gradient in the Austrian Alps. It was completed in 1891 by the Austrian Alpine Mining Company (Österreichischen Alpine Montangesellschaft) to carry iron ore. It closed in 1988 but was taken over by a voluntary association ...

Hauptstraße 140
8794 Vordernberg, Austria