Tiroler Steinoel
Tiroler Steinoel

Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum

On the shores of Lake Achensee, the Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum 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 Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum (Tiroler Steinöl Museum). 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

  • Wed 24 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 28 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 29 Apr 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 30 Apr 10:00 - 17:00

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Museum - winter 2024 (08/01/2024 - 30/04/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Museum - spring 2024 (01/05/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • 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

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

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

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

€ 11.00 guided tour for groups (with coffee and strudel)

More information

The Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum stays open in summer and in winter, summer season start 2024 with opening till 6 pm on the 1st of May. Dogs are not allowed.

The Panorama Coffee Bar is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm, spring break from April 2 to 30, 2024. The shop has the same opening hours as the museum.

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