The appeal of the salt mines

Salt was and still is one of the most important raw materials in Austria. This oft-cited “white gold” has not only prompted the names of the city of Salzburg and region of Salzkammergut, it has also strongly influenced nature, and the lives and culture of the inhabitants in the area since the era of the Celts.

And even today alert visitors may still notice the vestiges of this mineral in many spots in Austria. The Austrian salt company “Salinen Austria” has one of the longest and nearly uninterrupted commercial histories in Europe.

It is a real chance to be able to relive this exciting history in the places where it occurred. In the salt mines in Hallein near Salzburg, in Hallstatt in Upper Austria, and in Altaussee in Ausseerland/Styria, you descend into the world of the salt miners where you can learn about their stories and working methods. Discover the how and why of the salt world and travel through the mines on foot and in the Grubenbahn mine train. Cross the underground salt lake on a raft and zip through the mines on the slides.

Regardless of the weather, a visit to the salt mines is a great day out for the whole family, a perfect excursion for a travel group in Salzkammergut or in Tennengau. Schoolchildren can attend the underground school class. These fascinating underground environments are among Austria’s most famous tourist attractions. And this throughout the year: during the summer vacation or in the golden autumn even during the cold winter months the three mines are open and attract tourists from all around the world. Special guided tours for children and Christmas programs make the family outing to a real MUST during the vacations.

Of course, also amateur researchers and archeologists find what they are looking for. The thousand-year old salt-history is rich in charm, and scientific researches in progress at Hallstatt and Hallein are exciting like a mystery story. The necropolis of Hallstatt and Duerrnberg are real Hot-Spots of Austrian and European archaeology

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