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Der Erzweg führt die steilen Hänge über Klausen hoch
Photo: Tappeiner AG
Distance 4.9 km
Highest point1,304 m
Lowest point527 m
On the ore trail Once the miners let the ore-bearing rock slide down from the Pfunderer mine near Villanders to Klausen.
The work in the mine was hard and dangerous, but only part of the great effort. The rock had to be transported on wooden sledges down the steep slopes to Klausen. This transport of the heavy ores from the tunnels at 1000 to 1400 metres down into the Eisack valley was an almost unimaginable effort today. The hike along the ore path from Klausen up to the miners' chapel of St. Anna and on to the mine at least gives an idea of the lengths to which the miners had to go.
The trail begins in the centre of Chiusa "Auf der Frag", leads briefly through the town and a short way up the road towards Villanders, where the Erzweg trail turns off to the right. The trail climbs steeply up to Johannser at 765 metres and continues to a menhir. The path continues steeply upwards until you finally reach the 18th century chapel of St. Anna. Only after the small church does the path become less arduous, and in just under half an hour you finally reach the mine itself.
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