Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum - Vitalberg

In Pertisau, on the bank of Lake Achensee, the Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum is located in a unique glass building.

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 also in rheumatic complaints. Still today, this special oil shale is mined and processed in the family company in the Bächental mine, in a side valley of the Karwendel mountain chain.

100 years later, in 2002, the story of the Albrecht Family and the work of the shale oil burners of the Bächental valley was opened to the public. The foundation stone of a very special building was laid, a glass pyramid which shall symbolise the mountain. The ground floor of this Vitalberg (Vital Mountain) was coated with a limestone dry wall, the entrance on the north side is designed like a gallery. The Martin Gallery is the entrance to the Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum.

The adventure museum tells the story of the shale oil burner family Albrecht and the shale oil products which can be purchased in the own shop with the aid of a modern audio system. Like this, the explanations are available in German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Russian. The special kid’s tour (4 to 12 years) tells the legend of Thyrsus the Giant. On the first floor, the Vitalberg coffee bar is located which offers a fantastic view on the surrounding alpine world and in the evening on the starry sky. The Vitalberg building is completely barrier-free.

Where: in Pertisau at Lake Achensee
Characteristics: particular glass building, Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum and shale oil products
Further information: phone: +43 5243 20186, tiroler@vitalberg.at

Summer opening hours: from May to November 2019
daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm

Winter opening hours: from November 11, 2019, to April 2020
Nov 11 - Dec 12, 2019:
open only at the Advent weekends
Dec 13 - April 2020:
daily from 10 am to 4.30 pm

Ticket (adults):
8.50 Euros

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