Smelting Furnace Tour
Erlebnisregion Schladming-Dachstein Verified partner Explorers Choice
Info point Hopfriesen in Obertal valley with hiking map and trail signagePhoto: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
Nice and easy walk for the whole family - don't miss a visit at the smelting furnace! The audio guide app "Story2Go Schladming" accompanies you.
This easy tour, which is suitable for push-chairs, takes you from Wehrhofalm to the historic smelting furnace - Europe's last ruine of a melting furnace combined with a walkable glass cabinet. The smelting furnace is open to the public as "Nickel Museum" on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer season.
If you register in advance, you have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the “Bromriesenstollen” mine, which is close to the tour. Further information about the Nickel Museum and mine tours is available at the tourist office in Schladming.
Some sections of the trail are very close to water (along the Obertalbach creek and passing the pond at Wehrhofalm). Special attention is required with smaller kids!
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
- 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
- 112 - European GSM emergency number
Tips and hints
- App-Store-Download "Story2Go Schladming"
- Google-Play Download "Story2Go Schladming"
- Tourist information:
- Information about buses schedules:
At the Wehrhofalm, walk past the pond, continuing through the forest and then along the forest’s edge to the turn-around point for public buses. Make a right, walking for about 150 meters along the road, then across the bridge to the left and past the Holdalm (private) to the Nickel Museum. Follow the forestry road to the bridge directly next to the Wehrhofalm.
Public-transport-friendlyWith the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Obertal - bus stop Wehrhofalm.
- Buses of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen: www.planaibus.at
By roadFrom Schladming take provincial highway L722 to Rohrmoos, at the roundabout make a left into the direction of Untertal and Obertal on provincial highway L723, in Untertal Ort turn right after the Hotel Landauerhof and follow the road to Wehrhofalm in Obertal.
ParkingParking is available at the trail head Wehrhofalm in Obertal.
Book recommendation by the author
- Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.
Author’s map recommendations
- Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
EquipmentA well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.
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