Gold Prospectors: for gold panning, go to Rauris

Three bloggers searching for that sparkling treasure

In the Pinzgau region, there are many hidden places that tell stories of the past. The three bloggers Julia, Angie and Stefanie visited one of these places on their journey of discovery through SalzburgerLand. Equipped with gold washing pans and rubber boots, they went searching for this sparkling treasure in Rauris on the gold-washing area at the Bodenhaus.

“Gold panning always looks so simple, but it’s not at all,” Theo starts his first lesson. The venue: the gold-washing area at the Bodenhaus. Here gold was washed up until the beginning of the 90s, before the place was abandoned. Today, visitors flock to Rauris on hot days to look for gold here at the Rauriser Ache in the shade.

Gold washing in Rauris

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Gold washing in Rauris

Gold washing – and calming down

The three bloggers also treat themselves to a little break from the hot temperatures. Theo, the man from the gold washing area, explains to Julia, Angie and Stefanie what’s with panning for gold. He has been here for many years and gladly passes on his knowledge. For example, that it takes courage and a lot of patience for gold panning. If you do find something, then it is normally very small fragments. “You will not get rich from it, but it’s incredibly relaxing,” says Theo as he shows the three SalzburgerLand discoverers. Julia, Angie and Stefanie are immersed in gold washing and focus entirely on the one thing.

I didn’t even know that you can practice gold washing in SalzburgerLand, and yes, there is even a Gold Washing Championships, as we have heard.” (…) It is so much fun, but not as easy as it might look. We were able to wash out a little gold from the sand, which I now always wear on me and show everyone even if they may not want to see it. – Angie, Hello Pippa

Gold washing in Rauris

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Gold washing in Rauris

Panning for gold is very popular in the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region, where you can try your luck in three places in nature. At the Bodenhaus gold washing area, the forest offers shade and a chance to cool your feet in the Rauriser Ache. Thus, you can search for the small golden shards with full concentration even in hot temperatures.

With rubber boots and shovels, we waded through the idyllic nature and the cool stream and even found gold at the end – a bit at least. – Jules Vogel

Gold washing in Rauris

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Gold washing in Rauris

Fun facts about the Rauris Valley

  • The Rauris Valley is one of the largest valley areas in the Hohe Tauern.
  • In contrast to the other valleys, it is used not only as an Alpine pasture area in the summer but is also an important area of housing.
  • In the Rauris Valley, you will find not only beautiful nature but also cultural and historical specialities, such as the gold mining.
  • Hiking from the Rauris Valley into the surrounding glaciers, you will cross all climate zones and the corresponding large habitats.
Rauris Valley


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