Field Trips

The table below lists the field trips running in association with Geoanalysis 2015. These pages give all available information on these trips for participants.

If there are urgent questions about a field trip that are not covered here, please contact the advertised leader of the trip.

Table Field Trips
Three day excursion from Leoben to Prague 3 days 14th-16th Aug 2015 Organizer €320.-
Direct route from Leoben to Prague 1 day   Organizer €100.-

Dear participants,
for those who will visit the Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, as well, we offer the opportunity for a three day trip from Leoben to Prague. A one day, direct bus ride from Leoben to Prague is also offered.

Trip from Leoben to Prague

Field trip to Prague Three day excursion:
Friday, 14th-16th August
Price: € 320.-
Three days (from Friday to Sunday) through the beautiful countryside of Styria and Lower Austria. You will visit cultural, culinary and of course geological highlights of that region. According to the interests of the group, we can skip the Sunday program and drive directly to Prague. We hope you understand that the trip is only come about if there are at least 6 participants. The estimated costs includes two overnight stays, entrance fees and the bus ride.

Direct route:
Price: €100.-
Direct bus ride from Leoben to Prague with a short stop in Poysdorf, Lower Austria. Poysdorf is a typical village in one of the Austrian wine regions. The price includes the bus ride only and is only come about if there are at least 6 participants.


Program: Three day field trip - Styria - Lower Austria - Prague.

Dear participant,

in the upcoming three days, we are glad to pinpoint you a great selection of nearly all geological areas in Austria. Our journey will lead us from Styria to the lower Austrian basin area all the way to Prague. Allowing everyone to fully enjoy the raw beauty and diversity of these landscapes.

Friday, 14.8.2015

Radwerk IV

We start our tour at Radwerk IV in Vordernberg. The old furnace museum demonstrates the labour intensive steel making procedure some 100 years ago.


On the way to the Erzberg, we will stop for a group picture while taking advantage of the stunning view on Austria’s largest open pit mine (Erzberg is a Devonian formation in the Rubblestone Area and the nation’s largest iron ore reserve)


Mariazell is a charming small city in the Nordic Limestone Alps. The baroque basilica is one of the most important places for pilgrimage in Austria. After visiting the cathedral, attendees have time to walk through the city and get a chance to buy some sweet souvenirs called Lebkuchen (ginger bread). For lunch, there are many restaurants with typical Austrian food. We recommend the Gasthof Jägerwirt.

Pöchlauer Kogel

The Grestener Klippenzone is one of the most complex tectonic units in Austria. On the Pöchlauer hill you can see an outcrop. The name for this limestone breccia is Konradsheim-Formation (Stratotype Section).


The first over night stay is in Scheibbs. It’s a city in the Mostviertel one of the four big regions in Lower Austria.

Saturday, 15.8.2015

The tour leads us along the Danube into the enchanting valley Wachau. We pass the baroque Melk abbey, some medieval castles (like Dürnstein) and the famous vineyards of Wachau to the village of Mautern.

Vineyard Nikolaihof

Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria and its history goes back almost 2000 years to Roman times. The present owner operates in accordance with the regulations of the Demeter Association, one of the strictest control systems of organic agriculture. In a tour through the old cellars, you get an inside into this fascinating estate and during a wine tasting, you have the possibility to enjoy their premium wines and good local food.

Fossilienwelt Weinviertel

Here you can visit the greatest accessible fossil oyster reef in the world, which was discoverd in the Flysch Area of the Weinviertel.

Staatzer Klippe

The next geological and also cultural stop is Staatz. On the one hand, you will see a characteristic limestone taper of the Weinviertel and on the other hand you can visit an old ruin of the 11th century.


The city Laa an der Thaya near the Austrian Border is the last stop on Saturday and the last overnight stay in Austria. Laa is not only famous for wine, in the family brewery Hubertusbräu they brew excellent beer, as well.

Sunday, 16.8.2015

Krahuletz-Museum, Eggenburg

The Krahuletz museum is a sweet little local natural and folklore history museum. One billion years earth history of the Waldviertel and human history from Stone Age too Middel Age are presented. After finishing the theory, you can dig for fossils in the former Eggenburger Sea.

Blockhaide, Gmünd

If the weather is fine, you can go for a walk through a heathland with giant granite rocks. The rocks are a typical formation of the Böhmische Masse and in German called “Wackelsteine”.

Krumau an der Moldau

After crossing the Austrian border. The last stop before arriving Prague is the world heritage site Český Krumlov. This mediaeval gem in the Czech Republic is the birthplace of the painter Egon Schiele.

Arrival in Prague/Conference Center ca. at 8 p.m.

As mentioned above, the whole group can decide to skip the Sunday program and drive directly from Laa/Thaya to Prague. In this case an arrival at noon is possible.


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