Hi Isabella, The last time I went up the mountain to collect sample
of the emerald was in 1997. It was under the auspices of
International Gemmological Conference organised by the German
Gemmological Association. We stayed in a place called Kammerlin?
village near to Habach. The owner of the mine is belonged to a
lawyer and lease to a miner and his address is Steiner Lois,
Mineralien. schmuck. Habach 6, 5733 Bramberg, tel/fax: 06566/7597.
You should visit their rock and mineral shop, very special collection
of emerald crystals and sphene from Habachtal. The mine is about
1,800 m but there is small dirt track which you can drive but to one
thousand metre and walk the rest of the journey. I think you need a
permission to visit the mine site. Quite interesting especially
nearer to the mine, very steep wall you need to pass.
Enjoy your pick!