We wish to welcome you to Geopark “Ore of the Alps” (“Erz der Alpen”). In this same region where “Hochkönig’s Winter Kingdom” lords majestically over the surrounding countryside, masses of winter sports fans descend to cheer on the best ski jumpers at Epiphany, and recreation seekers discover pristine nature on a natural “sun terrace”, at one time men were focused only on hunting for the Earth’s treasures deep within the mountains. Mining for copper actually began in Pongau all the way back in the Bronze Age – traces of those prehistoric workers can still be found in the Arthurstollen mine. Geopark “Ore of the Alps” offers a wide diversity of geology, nature, culture, wellness, culinary experiences and memorable moments. We invite you, too, to immerse yourself in this “world of colorful ores”, in a unique Geopark in the heart of the Alps, in Salzburg’s Pongau region.

Herwig Pichler