Feel the magic of bygone days and immerse yourself in a magical realm of glistening salt crystals, mystical salt lakes and mysterious mine tunnels, where history comes alive. Welcome to a fascinating subterranean adventure. Welcome to Salt Worlds!
Venerated as a "gift of the gods", traded like gold: This natural resource shaped the history of Austria in general, and the areas surrounding the city of Salzburg in particular. Cities such as Salzburg, Hallein and Hallstatt, as well as regions like the Salzkammergut owe their names, but also their prosperity, to salt. Even all the way back in Celtic times, it began playing an important role in the nature and culture of mankind, while in the Middle Ages it was the most important trading commodity there was. The significance of this historic mineral is also reflected in the fact that Salinen Austria AG boasts the longest uninterrupted corporate history in all of Europe. No wonder, then, that salt also became known as "white gold".
The best of three worlds of salt
We are actually home to three different worlds of salt, two of which are the oldest of their kind: The Hallein Salt Mine near Salzburg was the first mine ever to open its tunnels to visitors, the Hallstatt Salt Mine in the Salzkammergut is the oldest salt mine in the world. And inside the Altaussee Mine in Ausseerland, you will experience something truly special: the tunnel which has been cut into the mountain leads through pure rock salt. The salt mine in Altaussee is also the oldest active salt mine in Austria today. You will quickly see: Each of the three mines has its own history and each its own specialty. But they all have one thing in common: They successfully create a playful link between history, culture and adventure, promising an unforgettable experience for big and small alike.
Welcome to the Salt Mines – we look forward to seeing you here!
Experience a fascinating world deep below ground, a world in which the miners wrested "white gold" from the earth, one arduous meter after another. At the salt mines in Hallein, Hallstatt and Altaussee, you will immerse yourself in a world that appears both very alien, and yet so familiar, all at the same time.
Did you realize we also offer an online ticket? It's the easiest, most convenient way to buy your ticket for the salt mines. It will cut out unnecessary waits once you get here and guarantee admission at the exact time you have booked.