Knappenloch Ganotz


Useful Information

Location: Blaupspitze, 30 minutes walk, signposted. Upper Iseltal.
Open: No restrictions.
[2011]
Fee: free.
[2011]
Classification: ExplainIron Mine ExplainGold Mine ExplainCopper Mine
Light: electric light, led
Dimension: A=2,315m asl.
Guided tours: self guided, D=10min.
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Address: Knappenloch Ganotz, Kalser Bergbahnen, Großdorf 70, 9981 Kals am Großglockner, Österreich, Tel: +43-4876-8233.
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History

15th cty begin of mining.
17th cty end of mining.
1970s developed as ashow mine.

Geology


Description

The Knappenloch Ganotz is loated below the summit of the Blaupspitze, on the eastern slope of the mountain. The Blauspitze (blue peak) is locally also named Ganotz, hence the name of the mine. It is reached on a 30 minutes walk from the mountain station of the Kalser Bergbahnen. From the 15th to the 17th century there were attempts to mine copper, gold and iron (pyrite) in this tunnel. The mine was never very productive and so it was closed again after some time. The tunnel was developed and equipped with a solar panel and a LED light system. It is now open all year and can be visited by hikers on self guided tours.