Fodor's Expert Review Alten Pocher

Heiligenblut Town/Village

A replica 16th-century gold mining village, Alten Pocher is more than 5,906 feet above sea level. Miners prospected in the Hohe Tauern for gold from the 14th to the end of the 19th century, and it was considered one of the most important gold-mining regions of its day. Today, visitors can rent rubber boots and a panning bowl to try their luck in the Fleissbach. Many caves were created through grueling labor by thousands of miners over this period, under the most arduous conditions (of course, the owners of the mines themselves lived comfortable and rich lives).


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Heiligenblut, Carinthia  Austria

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Gold panning €9, open-air mining museum free; €4 with guide, Closed mid-Sept.--mid-July, 10-5, Sept 11-5, weather permitting

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