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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Useful information Hallstatt Salt Mine

Current Corona Safety Measures


Due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, effective immediately and until further notice, visitors to all Salzwelten locations are subject to statutory behavioral and hygiene regulations. In this regard, we have taken this opportunity to provide answers to some of your most important questions. (Subject to change).

What safety regulations must we comply with while we visit the salt mines? 

  • Compulsory presentation of a test result / vaccination certificate / confirmation of a Covid disease (For children up to 12 years of age, the test result of the parents or a legal guardian applies, from the age of 12 children need their own test result.
  • Validity of tests: Self-test with digital solution 24 hours, antigen test 48 hours, PCR test 72 hours
  • Wear a face mask (Children from the age of 6 years must wear a face mask.)
  • Keep distance
  • Disinfect your hands

Do I have to wear a face mask during the entire visit? 
The mask requirement applies to all indoor areas of all Salzwelten locations.

Who has to wear a face mask?
All of our tour employees as well as guests ages six and up must wear a face mask.

Where can I disinfect my hands? 
Disinfectant dispensers have been installed in the entrance area of all locations for the use of our visitors.

Before the tour

In order to reach the Hallstatt salt mine, you first have to ride the Panoramabahn (funicular) up to the Hallstatt high valley. The "Path through time" will lead you through the world-famous grave field, you can visit a reconstructed grave and attend a Celtic burial ceremony before reaching the Knappenhaus, the building at the entrance to the salt mine. After touring the world’s oldest salt mine, you will walk via the footpath back to the mountain terminal. Before riding back down to the bottom, we suggest paying a visit to the spectacular Hallstatt Skywalk “World Heritage View” viewing platform, where you will be treated to amazing views of Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountain scenery.

If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend the ÖBB Kombiticket or the ÖBB Plus offer. More information can be found here.
Complete information about public transportation can be found at www.oebb.at

At the salt mine in Hallstatt, we do not have any designated visitor parking of our own. When you plan your journey to Hallstatt, leave plenty of time to hunt for parking. Due to the large volume of visitors, time delays are not unusual.

In the above-ground areas of all three locations we provide free Wi-Fi for our guests. 

In the visitor center at the valley station, you will find storage lockers of different sizes (price € 2.00 per hour). Smaller backpacks and bags can be left for free at the Knappenhaus (entrance to the salt mine). 

At all of our salt mines, you can pay in cash, with your bank card, or using your MasterCard or VISA.

Protective clothing

Due to the year-round low temperatures between 7 and 10° Celsius, as well as the occasionally uneven walking surface, warm clothing and sturdy shoes are recommended! Additional protective clothing is provided on site.

Without exception! It protects your own clothing and provides additional safety on the slides!

Children & Pets

Die Salzwelten sind für alle ein Erlebnis! Der Eintritt ins Bergwerk ist Kindern jedoch laut Bergbaugesetz erst ab vier Jahren gestattet. Für die Kleineren gibt es aber auch ober Tage einiges zu erleben!

Please understand that, for safety reasons, without exception children under age 4 are not permitted to enter the salt mines. But don’t forget, you are indeed free to enjoy the attractive facilities we provide above ground.

All locations have restaurants, shops and other offers (e.g. exhibitions) available above ground.

Unfortunately, dogs and other animals are not allowed in the mines. In Hallstatt and Altaussee, species-appropriate kennels are provided for our four-legged friends.

Inside the mine

Temperatures range between 7 and 10° Celsius (44 to 50° Fahrenheit). A warm jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended!

For safety reasons, visits to the salt mines are only permitted as part of a guided tour. 

A tour of the salt mine in Hallstatt lasts about 90 minutes. You can assume that your visit will take at least 2 ½ hours in total (incl. rides up and down the mountain on the Salzbergbahn funicular and a short hike across the Hallstatt high valley to the entrance building outside Hallstatt salt mine).

In Hallstatt, the Salzbergbahn funicular will carry you comfortably and quickly up to the Hallstatt high valley. There, you can take the new panorama lift, bringing you quickly up to the Outlook Bridge. From here, you have a 15-minute walk uphill to the Knappenhaus, the building at the entrance to Hallstatt salt mine. Once you are underground, you will cover roughly 2 km on foot. Your tour concludes with a ride out on the mine train.

Of course! The unusual rock formations and special atmosphere inside the mountain offer unique photo motifs. We would be delighted if you would share your photographs with us on Instagram or Facebook.

However, if you intend taking professional photographs for commercial purposes, please register with our press office

Please be aware that, due to the natural features inside the mines, wheelchair visits are not possible.

If you happen to suffer from claustrophobia, we would strongly suggest not visiting the salt mines. 

Instead of the slides, you are also welcome to use the stairs with hand railings right next to them.

All standard guided tours are available in German as well as English at no extra charge.

Yes, in order to offer you a unique experience we offer the following languages at our location in Hallstatt:
E / I / F / SLO / CZ / H / RU / JAP / Mandarin / ES / AR / HEB

IOS smartphone in the form of free app “Salzwelten Audio Guide”, or you can rent the audio guide at the salt mine ticket window for € 3.00 per person. 

Online Tickets & Discounts

  • You can select your preferred tour time 
  • No need to wait at the ticket window 
  • Walk straight into the entrance and changing area 
  • Online tickets can be shown to staff on your smartphone or tablet

Please be aware that discounted tickets or special rebates can only be honored at the ticket window in person.

Coupons can only be redeemed at the ticket window and may not be sent in at a later date.

Still have some questions?


The Salt Mine Team is always happy to answer your questions. 
You can reach us by email at info@salzwelten.at or by phoning +43 6132 200 2400. 
We look forward to hearing from you!

Salzwelten Destination Guide & Audio Guide

Hier können Sie sich Ihren Audioguide für die Salzwelten herunterladen. Es sind die Standorte Hallein, Hallstatt und Altaussee auf dieser App zusammengefasst.