Tracing the origin of Tiroler Steinöl
Oil extracted from shale? Yes, that’s possible. Family Albrecht has been mining the precious Tiroler Steinöl® in the Karwendel mountains for over 110 years. Audio-guided tours at the Vitalberg visitor centre in Pertisau take visitors through the history of the shale oil miners, and as a highlight, there is a special tour for children available.
How Tiroler Steinöl® is extracted from oil shale
The oil is extracted from oil shale which is mined in the Bächental, a side valley of the Karwendel mountains. The process requires numerous steps: The oil shale must be ground and sorted, and is then heated to a high temperature. As the emerging gas cools off, it condenses and the resultant liquid is the crude Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil). The oil is then transported to the distillery and processed into skincare products.
Or is it giant’s blood after all?
It is often rumored that the Tiroler Steinöl® does not actually result from the processing of oil shale, but that it is the healing blood of the giant Thyrsus which was spilled during a fight. The Tiroler Steinöl Vitalberg visitor centre offers special guided tours suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years. The legend of the giant Thyrsus is told in an entertaining and child-friendly way, making it an amazing experience for children.
Shale Oil Hike
In summer you can take part in a guided tour to the stone oil distillers in the Bächental. You can find more information about the hike here.
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