Lonely Planet review for Erzberg
Your first impression of Eisenerz is likely to be this peak, which has been completely denuded by open-cast stope mining and now resembles a step pyramid. The outcome is eerie and surprisingly beautiful, with its orange and purple shades contrasting with the lush greenery and grey crags of surrounding mountains. The ironworks can be seen up close and personal in two ways: with a 90-minute ‘Schaubergwerk’ tour which burrows into the mountain to the underground mines, abandoned in 1986, or with a 60-minute ‘Hauly Abenteuerfahrt’ tour, which explores the surface works aboard an enormous truck, with fine views along the way. Both tours are usually in German, with English-language notes available. The departure point is a 10-minute walk from the centre, following the course of the river.