Tiroler Steinoel
Tiroler Steinoel

Tyrolean Shale Oil Adventure Museum

On the shores of Lake Achensee, the museum of the Tiroler Steinöl ® shale oil is located in a unique glass building called Vitalberg

In 1902, Martin Albrecht senior discovered an oil shale with particular agents which come from prehistoric marine creatures and plants. These agents - together with the high content of naturally bound sulphur - make the Tyrolean Shale Oil an efficacious care product for humans and animals. It is used in cases of pains of the locomotor system and in rheumatic complaints. Still today, this special oil shale is mined in the Bächental Mine in the Karwendel Mountains, and processed.

100 years later, in 2002, the story of the Albrecht family and the work of the shale oil burners of the Bächental was opened to the public. The foundation stone of the Vitalberg (literally: Vital Mountain) was laid, a barrier-free glass pyramid which shall symbolise the mountain. The ground floor was coated with a limestone dry wall, the entrance on the north is designed like a gallery.

This Martin Gallery is the entrance to the Tiroler Steinöl Erlebnismuseum (in German). It tells the story of the shale oil burner family Albrecht and the products - which can be purchased in the shop - with the aid of a modern audio system. The special kid's tour tells the legend of Thyrsus the Giant. In addition, on the first floor there's the Panorama Coffee Bar which offers a fantastic view on the surrounding alpine world during the day, and on the starry sky in the evening.

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Opening times

  • Sun 21 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Mon 22 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 23 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 24 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 25 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 26 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 27 Jul 09:00 - 18:00

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Museum - spring 2024 (01/05/2024 - 09/06/2024)

  • Mon 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 09:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 09:00 - 18:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Ascension Day 2024 (09/05/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Corpus Christi 2024 (30/05/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Museum - summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 09:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 09:00 - 18:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Museum - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 03/11/2024)

  • Mon 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 09:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 09:00 - 18:00

Austrian National Day 2024 (26/10/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 09:00 - 18:00

Autumn closure 2024 (04/11/2024 - 13/12/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Advent period 2024 (30/11/2024 - 22/12/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri 12:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 12:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 8.50 adults
€ 8.50 young people (16-18 years)
€ 7.00 groups (10 and more persons)
€ 4.30 children and young people (6-15 years)

free for children under 6 years

discount for students
discount for people with disabilities

discount with the guest card
discount with the Achensee Active Card

More information

The Panorama Coffee Bar stays open every day from 10 am to 11 pm, the Tiroler Steinöl ® shop has the same opening hours as the museum. Dogs are not allowed in the facility.

The Tyrolean Shale Oil Adventure Museum stays open in summer and in winter, closure of the whole Vitalberg from November 4 to December 13, 2024 (except at the Advent weekends).

Summer season start 2024 on the 1st of May, winter season start 2024/25 on December 14.

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