The "Copperplate" mine exhibition has a long history: in the Middle Ages copper plate
was extracted in and around Kitzbühel
and Jochberg. At the height of the industry's production, around 1,800 tonnes of copper ore
were extracted every year. Up until 1874, approx. 160 miners smelted copper in the mines. In July 1926 copper mining ceased. At that stage many tunnels and shafts had been developed, some of which can be visited in present day. Years later, after mining had been stopped, the underground tunnels collapsed. At the end of 1980 the Grander family took over the abandoned mines
in Jochberg and with a dedicated mining specialist team and painstaking detail, the mines were renovated
to what they are today.
Nowadays the so-called Erbstollen (drainage tunnels) in the copper mines can be visited and is a very popular destination for young and old. The mine train runs approx. 150 m deep into the tunnel. The different mining methods, tools, the miners work and the tunnel system are explained in detail to visitors on a guided tour. Additionally, there are interesting multimedia films and presentations on the copper plate mine.
An interesting excursion for the whole family
, well worth the visit in all weater conditions.
... miner's helmet on and off you go into the tunnel on the reliable mine train - the so-called "Brubenbahn". Warm clothing is recommended as temperatures in the mine are cool at approx. 9° C.
Around the mine there's an attractive playground for children. There is also an exciting "Knappenweg" / "Miner's Path" with 10 interesting stations. On a stroll from one station to the next learn all about the history of the centuries-old mining industry in the Kitzbühel region.
The Schaubergwerk Kupferplatte in Jochberg is open daily
in the Summer months (mid-May to mid September). Guided group tours available on request (also in Winter).
The Schaubergwerk is easily reached by car and is situated approx. 10 km from Kitzbühel
(in the direction of Pass Thurn / Mittersil). Just before the village of Jochberg, branch off the main road B161 to the mines at the bus stop "Jochberghütte".