Staking a claim in Austria’s little goldmine

Well looks like Jamie’s made his stake, and put down a reserve for a property in Rauris.I’m glad I had the opportunity to stay there a few times, and enjoyed the irony that this was a former industrial centre (yes, it really was once a goldmine), turned tourist attraction having myself done the ‘industrial archaeology’ thing.

But with the recent building of the neon-centric Spa supermarket in the town (I even emailed the local green MEP in protest), and now the new properties to fund new chair lift build I wonder if the secluded Rauris charm people are buying into hasn’t already started to fade? Hey, don’t get me wrong I loved Zakopane with its tourist side as well as old world charm, so maybe Rauris will get the balance right?