Knappenloch Fallwindes

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Location: Fallwindestal, 40 min walk from Kals
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: MineIron Mine MineGold Mine MineCopper Mine
Light: LightLED Lighting
Dimension: A=1,500 m asl.
Guided tours: self guided, D=10 min.
Address: Knappenloch Fallwindes, Tourismusverband Kals am Großglockner, Glocknerhaus Kals, Ködnitz 7, A-9981 Kals am Großglockner, Tel: +43-4876-8800, Fax: +43-4876-8800-14. E-mail: contact
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15th century beginning of mining.
17th century end of mining.
1970s developed as a show mine.


The polymetallic ore in a cleft contained sulfuric iron, copper and a minimal amount of gold. But the deposit is quite small and mining it was never very successful.


The show mine Knappenloch Fallwindes was named after the Fallwindes valley, where it is located. It is a short mine tunnel which was created to mine pyrite with a content of gold and copper. The tunnel was mined between the 15th and 17th century, but it was not very successful so it was finally abandoned. Today the tunnel is equipped with a solar panel and a LED light system. The trails are developed, and hikers reaching the tunnel are allowed to simply turn on the light and have a look around. The light turns off automatically after 10 minutes.

This show mine is quite exceptional. It is one of the rare mines you can visit self guided. Old mines are always dangerous and exploration of such objects is quite dangerous. However, this mine is secured and regularly checked. There is a trail and electric light, so it is definitely a show mine. But the location is quite remote, and the only visitors are mountaineers which use the well maintained Austrian walking trails. So it is definitely not possible to have someone waiting for customers at a traditional ticket booth. To open the mien for free is a really good idea and we recommend it wholeheartedly.