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Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)
Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)

Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)

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Salzwelten Hallstatt, Salzbergstrasse 21, Hallstatt, 4830

The Basics

The Berchtesgaden salt mines can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Exploring the salt mines is a blast for the whole family. At Berchtesgaden, visitors can tour the mines by train, brave a 118-foot-long (36-meter-long) miners’ slide, cruise across a subterranean salt lake (the “Mirror Lake”), and marvel at the Salt Cathedral. At the Hallstatt salt mines, visitors can walk through underground tunnels, learn about the science of salt in a subterranean classroom, see a prehistoric wooden staircase (the oldest of its kind in the world!), and shop for innovative salt products in the gift shop. Journey to the mines on a half- or full-day tour from Salzburg, Austria, or Munich, Germany.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

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Sound of Music tour
Matthew_B, Sep 2020
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
Very knowledgeable guide, small group during COVID was an advantage and gave us more time to explore the sites. This is the best time to travel and tour!
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Worth It!
Mason_R, Sep 2020
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
The tour was a ton of fun. My wife and I had a lot of fun in the mines. We stopped in Berchtesgaden for a coffee/snack break after the mines. It is a very nice little old town. Our tour guide Michelle was great and we enjoyed ourselves the whole time.
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Fabulous Tour
Lorraine_R, Feb 2020
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
Highly recommend this tour. Fabulous tour guide in Walter, so knowledgeable. Tour was interesting and also great fun.
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Sound of Music
markvest, Dec 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
Very interesting tour of Sound of Music sites and unique tour down into the Salt Mine. this tour did involve quite a bit of driving around the Salzburg areas to the various sites
star-4
Well organised
Moansville, Oct 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains including Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines
The tour guide was very organised and friendly. We managed to get a lot in, in just one day even the restaurant suggested was fantastic.
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Salt Mine-Blown!
marialuciotti, Jan 2020
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
This was such a well-organized and interactive tour! Our guide Walter was great, the journey to and from was smooth, and it was just a lot of fun overall. Would definitely recommend!
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Excellent
N9734ROpatrickm, Oct 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains including Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines
Our guide, the driver and the weather all contributed to an outstanding adventure. Both the guide and the driver were as friendly and fun as could be.
star-5
A great day out.
Emma S, Jul 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Austrian Lakes, Mountains and Salt Mines
As others have said, these are 2 different trips. The morning was spent exploring the salt mines on a train, a slide and a raft - great fun! The afternoon trip to lake Wolfgang was beautiful. Quaint little villages and stunning scenery.
star-4
Good fun
Raven_blanc, Jan 2020
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
If you have half day spare in Salzburg, this tour is a good one to go. It covers the beauty of nature outside Salzburg plus the knowledge of the history and the salt mines.
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A great day with fantastic guides and drivers
EndaByrne, Dec 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
Salt Mines were brilliant. Sound of Music tour great fun. Johannes was a great guide/driver for our visit to Salt Mines. Bridget and her driver were fabulous on Sound of Music tour. A great way to see the beauty of Salzburg. We would definitely recommend these two tours to anyone visiting in the future
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Leisurely and nice
wayneanthony, Dec 2019
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
Walter was an excellent guide and driver taking us through the alps and stopping at the most picturesque places with lots of trivia and stories. The salt mines were also very interesting though the audio guides we had were faulty making it difficult to follow the German narration.
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Great for families who love the Sound of Music!
Paul P, Nov 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
Fun for the whole family! Sing along was great. Guide Christina was a lot of fun. Would have been nice to see Nonnberg Abbey...

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The salt mines can only be visited on guided tours, and it’s best to book in advance, especially during high season in July and August.

  • Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes, as it can be chilly underground. Overalls and protective clothing are provided for most tours.

  • Some parts of the salt mine tours are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with your tour operator in advance.

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How to Get There

The main salt mines are located in Berchtesgaden and Hallstatt, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) and 43 miles (70 kilometers) by road from Salzburg, respectively. It’s easiest to visit as part of a guided tour, but buses also run from Salzburg to Berchtesgaden and Hallstatt, as well as other locations in the Salzkammergut region.

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When to Get There

Most salt mines are open year-round, but fewer tour times are usually available in low season. July and August are the most popular months to visit; during this time it’s a good idea to book an early time slot to avoid crowds.

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Combo Tours with the Salzburg Salt Mines

Salt mine excursions are often combined with a trip to Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest atop a sub-peak of Hoher Göll mountain, or a boat cruise around Lake Königssee in Germany. Alternatively, opt for a private tour to Hallstatt and discover the underground world of the Hallstatt salt mines, ride the funicular—a steep cable railway—to the Five Fingers Viewing Platform at Krippenstein, or take a boat tour of Hallstatt Lake.

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