- English & German
- approx. 120 min.
- 12 - 62 persons
- visitors from 15 years of age
- € 30,-
- not barrier-firee
About VA Erzberg
With the Hauly...
The Styrian Erzberg always has been - and still is - a central part of Austria's industry. For more than 1300 years the valuable iron ore has been mined and today every year around 3 million tons of fines are being shipped. This massive quantity of raw material is the basis for many Austrian companies, which would not exist without the Erzberg. As the largest and most modern active mining company in Central Europe, it is not surprising, that the Erzberg is also called "Styria's loaf of bread".
The visitors of the experience tour get a look behind the scenes of the active ore mining from the controlled detonation to the shipping of the fines. The Hauly - "the world's largest taxi" –stops six times. During the trip, onboard videos and audio guides complement the tourguide's explanations.
One stop is at the "Research@ZaB - Zentrum am Berg", a project by the Montanuniversität Leoben. This research, development and training centre for tunneling and tunnel construction safety is unique in the world. In the future it will be used by students, researchers and emergency organizations.
...to the origins of Styria's industry
The VA Erzberg annually produces about 3.0 million tons of ore, for which approximately 12 million tons of rock have to be blasted out from the mountain. In order to be able to manage this very high amount of ore, work is being done seven days a week around the clock. The company has about 230 employers, however not all of them work in surface mining and production.
The customers of the ore concentrate are the sinter plants of the voestalpine in Austria. About 60% of the produced ore is shipped to Linz, 40% to Leoben-Donawitz. In Leoben-Donawitz it is transformed to steel for long products, such as railway tracks or wire. In Linz flat products, which are for example used by the automotive industry, are produced.
The seal of quality was awarded on 18 June 2018.
- every Tuesday from May to October at 9am
- special date by request
- registration required at least one week in advance
- car and bus parking available