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Eisenerzer Alpen

You can reach the Eisenerzer Alpen (iron-ore alps) by following the steep, narrow valley of the Enns river. This gorge, called Gesause, begins a short distance from Admont, near Hieflau. The entrance to the gorge presents great views of the river and the Hochtor massif, rising 2,369 m (7,772 ft) above. The surrounding area is used as a training ground for advanced mountaineering and as a base for expeditions to the neighbouring peaks. Easily the most famous mountain in the Eisenerzer Alpen is Erzberg, which has has been exploited for its large iron ore deposits since ancient times. It looks like a stepped pyramid, the red pigment contrasting with the green forests and meadows. The area around Erzberg is the largest iron ore basin in this part of Europe. In the summer, visitors can explore one of the mines. Eisenerz, an old mining town at the foot of Erzberg, has a mining museum where visitors can take an underground “adventure trip” with Hauly, a vast truck. The village also has a lovely old town and the fine fortified 16th-century church of St Oswald.

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