Amethyst Welt Maissau
Contact & Informations
Horner Strasse 36
+43 2958 848 40
+43 2958 848 40-40
An experience for the whole family! Dive into this magical world of precious stones and take a look at the world’s largest exposed amethyst vein.
It glitters, sparkles and shines: One of the most exciting gemstone sites in the world is situated barely an hour’s drive from Vienna. The small Lower Austrian town of Maissau is home to this very special treasure, for it was here – where the Weinviertel (wine region) meets the Waldviertel (forest region) – that amethyst was discovered for the first time around 150 years ago.
Today, the site in Maissau is considered to be Europe’s largest amethyst deposit. Over the past two decades, a fascinating theme and leisure park has been created around this unique natural wonder: the Amethyst World Maissau (Amethyst Welt Maissau).
The Maissau Amethyst is a true rarity, a so-called amethyst band. Not only is its size impressive but also its incomparable violet hue which radiates a magical aura. At the heart of the Amethyst World is the world’s most unique exhibition mine. Approximately 40 metres of the amethyst vein were opened up and can be admired by visitors in this tunnel.
The new Gemstone House is also part of the visitor experience at Maissau. Here you can see outstandingly beautiful minerals and gemstones, and follow their development from rough stone to finished jewellery. Another attraction in the Gemstone House is the Meteorite Room, in which visitors can admire a wide variety of deposits from space. This show is rounded off with sensational exhibits of exquisite beauty and uniqueness which have never been shown before. Annually changing special exhibitions such as amber, glowing stones, diamonds or opals can be admired here.
TREASURE SEEKING FIELD & AMETHYST PARK
Another highlight is the Treasure Seeking Field which is situated on the large Amethyst World site. It is particularly suited to families. Visitors to the Amethyst World, whether big or small, can try their hand at prospecting. With hard work and a bit of luck, the treasure seeker will be rewarded with a particularly beautiful find. To make sure that the treasure hunt does not end in disappointment, we give you our Prospector’s Promise. Anyone whose treasure hunt is unsuccessful will receive a raw amethyst from the treasure chest – for FREE!
The Amethyst Park – with generously designed themed gardens – is considered a special energetic spot and a place to recharge your batteries.
- Dive into the magical world of precious stones
- Experience jewellery production up close in the jewellery workshop of the Amethyst Shop
- Stroll through the Amethyst Park with its unique themed gardens
- Recharge your batteries at an energetic spot
- Enjoy the indulgence and comfort of the Amethyst Café with its delicacies and regional specialties
- Amethyst Tunnels
- Gemstone House with annually changing special exhibitions
- Treasure Seeking Field
- Amethyst Park with themed gardens
- Amethyst Shop
- Jewellery Workshop
- Amethyst Café
- Animal Experience Forest
May – September: 10:00 - 18:00
January & February: Open only at weekends
Amethyst Tunnel and Gemstone House can only be visited with a guide. Tour times can be found on: www.amethystwelt.at
Amethyst Park, Amethyst Shop and Playground: FREE
Guided Tour of Amethyst Tunnel or Gemstone House:
Adult € 11.00
Group (price per person): *€9.00
Student, Austrian National Service Personnel, Disabled (with ID): €9.00
Child (U6): FREE
Child (U15): €7.00
2 adults + 1 or more children: €22.00
1 adult + 1 or more children: €11.00
*Group (20 people or more): NÖ Card not accepted for groups!
Treasure Seeking Field (CLOSED for winter: November – March) Adult Prospector’s
Pass (1 hour): €11.00
Child Prospector’s Pass (1 hour): €7.00