The Knappenwelt (Pitmen’s World) is a compilation of structural evidence of late medieval gold and silver smelting in Pongau. The reconstructed plant shows a roasting furnace, a smelting furnace and a cupellation furnace as they were in operation from 1490 to 1520. During guided tours, the water-powered stamp battery is demonstrated.
Together with a smithy and a pitmen’s hut, the plant provides information about the life and work of miners from back then. The place located in Angertal (Anger Valley) is part of the Via Aurea, which focuses on the story of the extraction of the Tauern gold.