Bramberg am Wildkogel

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Bramberg is a town with around 4,000 inhabitants in Oberpinzgau. It is most famous as the place where Emeralds can be found, but it is also a hiking, biking and skiing paradise.



Sights and Activities

Emerald Mine

Although the Emerald mine itself is off limits, many people try their luck on the debris field, beneath the mine. Besides Emerald it is a place where you can also find several varieties of quartz, and pyrite (fools gold). The debris field is called the sedl, and can be reached when following a path that starts are the Alpenrose Guesthouse along the Lechbachrinne. It is a steep climb, and takes about an hour to 2 hours, depending on how close you want to get the mine itself. If you arrive don't forget to take in the view. Also remember that you are in the heart of a national park, so make sure not to leave litter behind.

In 2002 a giant mudslide barely missed the Alpenrose, and deposited a large part of the debris field just next to the guesthouse. Many people have found emeralds and other minerals in these deposits.




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The Habachtal is a good place to go for a longer or short walk. As the valley is closed for traffic, you will need to park your car in Habach. From here the unpaved road leads up the valley. (a smaller path can also be followed, where you for sure are not hindered by bikers, or the occasional taxi or car, that are allowed to enter the valley.) The path will go up the hill for about 4 kilometres on the right side of the Habach, after which you cross the bridge to the left side. Here is the only really steep part of this otherwise pretty gentle ascend. After about an other 2 kilometres, you will find the Enzianhütte, a guesthouse, with a good menucard, and the possibility as well to spend the night (or more nights.). After another 15 minutes you come across the second guesthouse, the earlier mention Alpenrose. If you follow the road further for another few hundred meters you get to the Moaralm. Here the unpaved road, becomes a path which you can follow further if you want for another 2.5 to 3 hours to the Neue Thüringer Hütte. If you want to go higher and climb one of the peaks which have become a bit closer, you will need alpine gear and some experience in mountaineering. The only snow and icefree climb (at least in summer) is the climb to the Lärmkogel. From here you can return to the Thüringer Hütte and descend back into the Habachtal, or make the choice to descend into the Hollersbachtal, towards the Neue Fürtherhütte, and to the town of Hollersbach from there.

Besides walk into the Habachtal, other possible walks can be made to the Karsee, and Zwölferkogel, and from Bramberg several paths lead up the Wildkogel. Also the neighbouring valleys, make for good walks.


In Winter Bramberg transforms into a winter destination. The Emerald bahn takes you up to the Wildkogel Arena, as do the Wildkogelbahnen (in Neukirchen about 5 kilometres to the west) from where several slopes can be taken, including one that takes you back to Bramberg (if there is enough snow.)

Heimat museum

The local museum can be split in more or less 2 parts. One is the part that tells you about the local culture, the other part is the mineral collection. As can be expected in a town with long history as a place where emeralds can be found, this collection is pretty impressive. Of course it includes emeralds, but also a lot of other minerals.



Getting There

By Train

Bramberg can be reached by train. It is one of the bigger stops of the train that runs from Zell am See to Krimml. There is also a small stop just outside Habachtal next to the Salzach, from there it is a short walk to Habach or Weyer.

By Car

When you come from the north the easiest route is to get to Kitzbuhel, and drive south on the bundesstrasse 161. It will take you over the Pass Thurn, which is not a difficult pass to cross by car. From Mittersill drive towards Krimml, and after around 10 kilometres you reach Bramberg. An alternative (and more scenic route), when you come from the direction of Innsbruck is to drive into the Zillertall, and from there cross the Gerlospass. Bundesstrasse 165 leads to Bramberg. If you are coming from the direction of Zell am See you can reach Mittersill over the 168, after which you follow the 165 in the direction of Krimml. To the south you can connect to Lienz by using the Felbertauerntunnel.

By Bus

Busses connect the several towns and villages in Pinzgau, but also from further away.



Getting Around

By Car

A car is a good thing to have in this area of Austria. Busses keep to the main road and the villages, so if you want to do some hiking in one of the valleys, having a car makes that you can start at one of the parkings at the bottom of the valleys.

By Public Transport

Busses connect the villages, but keep to the main road in the valley. Taxis will take you from several spots to the guesthouses in the mountains like the Enzian and the Alpenrose in Habachtal.

By Foot

If you want to spend the time in Bramberg itself you will find that seeing it on foot is sufficient, but you will also run out of things to do pretty quick. A walk to the village of Habach, takes about 1.5 hours.

By Bike

Pinzgau, has some good biking routes, just note that parts are unpaved, and there will be some hills to climb from time to time.



Keep Connected


Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifi. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.



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