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Art & Culture in the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Region

Art & Culture in the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Region

Art, culture, museums & traditional customs in the realm of Austria’s highest mountain

It’s hard to know where to start, considering the wealth of traditions, customs, craftsmanship, and artistic and cultural heritage we would love to share with you in the Heiligenblut region. The landscape itself is marked by a turbulent and fascinating past, and many of those who have lived through historic developments or events will readily give insights into their experiences. The region also offers numerous well-thought-out presentations that vividly bring the past to life. Here we list our TOP 6 museums and exhibitions which we consider an absolute must-see within our region. Join us on a journey that transcends time, into the past and future of Heiligenblut am Grossglockner.

Gold-mining Village near Heiligenblut

Goldgraeberdorf Heiligenblut

Get swept up in the gold rush and have a perfect family adventure! The Heiligenblut Gold-mining Village is a historically accurate reconstruction of a genuine 16th-century settlement that once occupied the very same site. This enchanting place takes the whole family back to one of the region’s most fascinating eras. Find out what techniques were used in the quest for precious gold, and try your hand at gold-panning in the Fleiss River. Remember to bring your wellies – and maybe a good-luck charm? You never know, you may find a nugget or two!

  • Open daily from the end of May to the end of September
  • Opening times in June, July and August: 10:00 to 17:00
  • Opening times in September: 11:00 to 16:00
  • HOT TIP: free gold-panning sessions for Nationalpark Kärnten Card holders
  • Contact: Goldgräberdorf Heiligenblut, Tel. +43 4824 24655

Tauern Gold at the Putzenhof Inn

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An exhibition entirely dedicated to the quest for gold in the Hohe Tauern mountains: The extraordinary treasures on display reveal many of the secrets surrounding the region’s gold rush era, and conjure up vivid insights into this remarkable period in time. The presentation is, most fittingly, displayed in Grosskirchheim’s  Putzenhof Inn – a 500-year-old stone building which originally served as a ‘Gewerkenhaus’ (miners’ accommodation). A magical place in which to let the gold-rush era come to life.

  • Open from mid-June to mid-October
  • Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Group bookings outside of opening hours available by appointment
  • HOT TIP: free admission for Nationalpark Kärnten Card holders
  • Contact: Franz-Josef Sauper KG Tel. +43 4825 26736-19

Mautturm Winklern

Mautturm Winklern

Winklern’s prominent ‘Mautturm’ tower houses an unusual exhibition: Under the title of ’Tauern Crystal Treasure’, this mesmerising presentation takes you on a journey into the fascinating world of underground crystals. Unearthed from the very depths of the mountains, crystals emanate a unique atmosphere of mystery. Their beauty has been brought to light with particular skill in this extraordinary exhibition.

  • Open from 20 May to 8 October 2017
  • Opening times in May, June, Sept, Oct: daily from 10:00 - 16:00
  • Opening times in July and August: daily from 09:30 - 17:30
  • HOT TIP: free admission for Kärnten Card and Nationalpark Kärnten Card holders
  • Contact: Winklern Municipal Office +43 4822 227-16

History and craftsmanship at the Sturm-Arche-Hof Farm

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Visitors of the Sturm-Hof Farm in Heiligenblut are invited on a journey back in time. Situated at the foot of the Grossglockner, at an altitude of 1300 m, the traditional wooden building has been home to many generations of working farmers and their families, and used to be one of the largest and most influential homesteads in the village. For the past ten years, Hubert Pucher has been pursuing the craft of button making within these history-steeped premises. He always welcomes visitors who would like to watch him work and find out more about this traditional skill.

  • Guided tours of the Sturm-Arche-Hof Farm: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 16:00
  • Button-making studio: open Mondays - Fridays 14:00 - 18:00
  • Contact: Sturm-Arche-Hof, Tel. +43 4824 2327 | +43 676 7754112

Pfeifer Farm Museum

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This open-air farm museum in Heiligenblut vividly brings the past to life. Entirely unpretentious and un-staged, it conjures up the simple feeling of our ancestors’ everyday life close to the earth. Enter into a long-gone past, and find out about how people used to turn this high-alpine environment into their livelihoods.

  • Free access, every Thursday from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Group visits outside of opening hours can be arranged
  • Contact: the Wallner family at Pfeifer Farm, Tel. +43 676 9378909

The ‘Time Factory’ in Lainach

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Are you interested in the history and future of human evolution? The ‘Zeitfabrik’ museum in Lainach contains a well-though-out exhibition for the whole family, dedicated to an insightful evaluation of humanity and our role in the future of our planet.

  • Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Contact: Zeitfabrik Lainach, Tel. +43 4822 381

Weavers’ studio in Heiligenblut am Grossglockner

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Have you ever seen a traditional, authentically preserved and fully operational weaving loom? At the Heiligenblut weavers’ studio, you are able to watch skilled craftswomen at work, as they transform sheep wool from their domestic farms into a variety of stunning works of art. The unique results can be purchased on-site.

  • Open anytime by prior appointment
  • Contact: Elisabeth Fellner, Tel +43 4824 2440

Apriach Watermills

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The historical, man-made cultural landscape is as much a part of our region as the wonders of the natural world. One prominent example are the traditional watermills in Apriach, named ‘Stockmühlen’ in reference to the mill stones used to grind the corn.

  • Guided tours by prior appointment
  • Contact: Anton Suntinger, tel. +43 676 7176515

Pechmann Pottery Studio

Toepferei Pechmann

The production of ceramic receptacles and trinkets is a craft which is rooted in ancient times. The pottery studio in Heiligenblut doesn’t go back quite that far: it was in the 1970s that Franz Pechmann moved his studio to Heiligenblut. Known by the technical term of ‘fine stoneware’, the ceramics manufactured by him and his wife, Ingrid, are distinguished by supreme quality and a very high weather resistance.

  • Open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
  • Open Saturday 09:00 – 12:00
  • Contact: Franz and Ingrid Pechmann, tel. +43 650 4244193

The ‘Star Singing’ tradition in Heiligenblut

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‘Sternsingen’ – which literally translates as ‘star singing’ – is an ancient custom which remains an integral part of the Christmas season in the Heiligenblut region. On Three Kings’ Day, local men in traditional attire set out through the snow-covered village, singing ancient songs to welcome the New Year. The cold January night is filled with a festive atmosphere that is truly magical to witness.

  • Takes place every year on the evening of January 5th
  • Details and contact:
    Information & Booking Center Heiligenblut am Grossglockner
    Tel: +43 4824 2700-20, Fax: extension 4
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See for yourself

These are just a few examples of the comprehensive range of arts and crafts, culture and traditional customs you are able to encounter in Heiligenblut am Grossglockner. Visit us to discover a myriad of cultural treasures, and meet local inhabitants with amazing insights and skills.

For further details on planning your holiday, please contact us, send us a non-binding holiday enquiry, or phone us on +43 4824 2700-20.

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