Near Villach, at Austrian the border to Italy. A10 exit 172 Villach West, follow Tiroler Straße towards town center, after 1 km turn right, after 800 m turn right onto Bleiberger Straße, 7 km to Bad Bleiberg, 1 km more to Nötsch. A2 exit 364 Hermagor, B111 towards Hermagor, turn right after after 4 km through Nötsch Im Gailtal 5 km to Nötsch.
MAY to JUN daily 11, 13.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30-15.
SEP to OCT daily 11, 13.
NOV to APR Sat 15.
Terra Montana: MAY to JUN daily 15.
JUL to AUG daily 16.
SEP to OCT daily 15.
NOV to APR Sat 15.
Adults EUR 16, Children (4-14) EUR 9, Children (0-4) not allowed, Reduced Adults EUR 13, Reduced Children EUR 7.
Terra Montana: Adults EUR 16, Children (4-14) EUR 9, Children (0-4) not allowed, Reduced Adults EUR 13, Reduced Children EUR 7.
Kombiticket Terra Mystica and Terra Montana: Adults EUR 22, Children (4-14) EUR 11, Children (0-4) not allowed.
Reduced are Students, School Pupils, ARBÖ Members,
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Address:||Terra Mystica, Nötsch 91, 9531 Bleiberg, Tel: +43-4244-2255, Fax: +43-4244-2434. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|800 BC||oldest burial objects made of lead suggest early lead mining.|
|1333||first written mention as "Pleyperg pey Villach".|
|1480||early heydays of mining, some mines purchased by the Fugger family from Augsburg, furnace consructed.|
|1538||more than 500 miners working in the lead mines.|
|1556||description of Kärntner Verfahren (Carinthian method) by Agricola.|
|1603||Bleiberg mentioned by Paracelsus.|
|1717||miners from Bleiberg fight at Belgrade and recieve a flag from Prinz Eugen, the oldest miner's flag of the world.|
|1759||Maria Theresia buys mines in the area.|
|1872||Bleiberger Bergwerks Union (BBU) founded.|
|1902||BBU owns all lead mines in Kärnten.|
|1925||mining heyday because of after war demands.|
|1931||mines closed because of worldwide economic crisis.|
|1945||mines closed because of World War II.|
|1951||Thermal water in Grube Rudolf.|
|1978||Bleiberg builds spa, gets the title Bad.|
|1987||prices for lead and zinc start to fall.|
|1989||Terra Mystica opened in Rudolfschacht.|
|1990||Heilklimastollen "Friedrich" opened.|
|1994||Terry Mystica closed and moved to Antonischacht.|
|1995||Terra Mystica reopened.|
|2002||show mine Terra Montana started.|
|2005||Terra Montana opened.|
The Terra Mystica and Terra Montana are the remains of a world famous lead mining area, which was closed as a result of falling lead prices and exhausted mines. The mining had difficulties since the mid 1980s and the mining company started to develop alternatives. The discovery of thermal water during the mining in one shaft lead to the creation of a spa, the town received the title Bad (spa) in 1978. In 1990 a Heilklimastollen was opened, which is used for curing various illnesses. Finally the mining history itself became a tourist attraction.
Terra Mystica is a sort of mining related theme park, with a numer of scenes showing various histories and stories around mining. There are fairy tales, erotica, art, an underground concert hall, an probably the highlight: a 68 m long slide which was used by the miners to change levels very fast. It is said to be the longest in Europe. Visitors who do not want to slide down may use the stairs or the elevator.