Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

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Berchtesgaden Salt Mines
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Quzc0
Malaysia147 contributions
Dec 2019
Good information and great experience for a first time visitor (to a salt mine). The tour brought us deep into the ground where we were shown (not demonstrated) how salt were formed and extracted from the rocks. The train and boat rides, plus the slides were really fun! Adults and children alike will truly enjoy the experience. We were lucky to catch the tour session that was conducted in English. The Mines was easily accessible via public transport. We took the direct bus #840 from Salzburg (stops in front of the Salt Mine) and have lunch at a nearby Gasthaus Bräustüberl Restaurant after the tour. The old town is just 10-15 minutes walk from the restaurant.
Written January 2, 2020
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sberry20
Washington, DC117 contributions
Feb 2020
We weren't sure what to expect, but we did find the tour quite interesting. The tour is in German, you are offered an audio guide in your language. The slides are fun and there is a short ferry ride. We did a 14:00 tour on a Thursday in February, even though there are 2 more tours after ours, they were clearly closing up when we finished. Also the restaurant was closed. We were taking the bus back to Salzburg, the Salt mine is on a very busy street, so didn't feel comfortable walking somewhere to get a drink or snack before our bus. So that was a bit disappointing.
Written February 18, 2020
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Emma H
Perth, Australia13 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited from Salzburg for the morning. The tour was quite full, probably 35 or so people. Only 6 or us spoke English so we had an audioguide. The tell you not to push any buttons but sometimes it didn't automatically start when the guide pressed the remote so we figured out that you can make it play manually by pressing the appropriate number. We found the tour interesting.
Written January 16, 2020
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Kirsikka
Espoo, Finland202 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
A little disapointment. Better for families with kids than people who really are interested in industry. We got audio in English but all safery etc instructions we given only in German. Mask was required but staff did not TaKe care that it was really used. No distance between people. Staff was impolite because we did not understand german instructions.
Written November 6, 2021
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Eric Wong
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We booked our tickets online before coming. But truth be told, you prob don't need to. The place was rather quiet, due to Covid I believe. The staff were all extremely friendly and nice. There was a translation headset for those who didn't speak German. Quite an interesting time we had, travelling deep into the mines. Reminded me of some RPG, D&D vibes. My 13 year old enjoyed himself.
Written November 15, 2021
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nsl115
Singapore, Singapore1,122 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
It was such a great experience and the first time we’d visited a salt mine. There’s 2 train rides, 2 slides, one bot ride and a funicular ride. A number of learning stops including tasting brine!
We booked online and skipped the line to buy tickets. It also allows you to plan the timing of the tour.
You have to change into miner outfits and the train ride requires you to sit astride so wear pants and comfortable shoes. There’s considerable walking through tunnels.
Written February 13, 2020
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PFJones
Surrey, England49 contributions
We had a great trip to the salt mines at Berchtesgaden this summer (2005). It was extremely well organised, as one would expect in Germany! First one needs to don miners' clothing over one's own clothes - white baggy cotton trousers, a blue top, and a leather apron, worn back to front. Why? We'll see later. Next is the train journey through scantily lit tunnels. If you're afraid of the dark, or suffer with claustrophobia don't go there. The train stops and we proceed to walk through various levels and caverns with a comentary given in German. For other nationalities there are speaker points for the commentary. The next excitement is the slide (of which there are 2) Here our guide was particularly caring of the group of handicapped visitors there. Groups of 2, 3, or even 4 sit closely on the slide, everyone keeping their feet well out of the way and down you whizz about 100 ft or maybe more to a lower level. Great fun, but very steep. There is a path for the fainthearted or those with mobility problems. Mor tunnels and caverns eventually lead us to the underground lake. It's beautiful, and there's a raft to take us across to the other side. Head room is minimal, so beware if you're tall! Finally there's another train ride up to the surface, and a sample of the salt to take home. A very enjoyable trip. Thank you.
Written November 14, 2005
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Dharmish M
Mumbai, India669 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
this tour from salzburg is a must visit.it is altogether a different experience.as you begin the tour for the next 2 hours you are dressed as a professional miner.they give to miner suits according to sizes.the train ride,the slides and finally the underground salt lake ride adds to the thrill.
the tour guide speaks in german and english both.
Written June 7, 2014
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flankthree
Alexandria, VA57 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We did this tour after it was recommended to us by multiple people. Maybe we went on an off day but it just wasn't that great. We were down there almost three hours because the train broke down and it felt like we were wasting our time and could have been seeing other things. Parts were fun like wearing the fun outfits and going down the slides, but I think there are many more interesting things to see/do in the area.
Written March 25, 2014
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Christina
Los Angeles, CA49 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
We've been travelling for about 6 months straight and one of the side-effects is that my husband is starting to get a bit blase about most of the attractions we visit (because, well, seen one Botticelli, seen them all...) However, we had a couple extra days in Salzburg after seeing all the "must-sees". We chose to visit the Salt Mines instead of spending another afternoon watching the grizzled old men play chess in Kapitelplatz. A 45-min bus ride (get the all day pass for about 9 Euro, get on nearby the Hautbahnhof...ask the info desk there for the exact directions to get to the bus stop) on bus 840 to the "Salzbergwerk" stop will get you right to the entrance of the car park. It was a bit expensive (for us) and we had to wait around about an hour until the next tour, but I suggest walking around. There's a small trail nearby the main entrance where you buy tickets (you can't miss it) and if you climb up that you'll see a doorway with 3 figures standing next to it. It's a long (cold!) tunnel. Random, but it certainly passes the time.

My husband and I both enjoyed the actual tour quite a lot. We got audio guides since the tour guide spoke only in German, but it's timed really well that you'll get all the information at the same time. The first part is a train ride which goes just fast enough to give us a little thrill. You should've seen how excited my husband got when he realized we were going to slide down the mine chute. The mirror lake is gorgeous (sit on the right side for the best show). And, I have to say that it was highly entertaining & educational for a tour about mining (which isn't the most interesting of subjects). We enjoyed the salt mines the most out of our stay in Salzburg.

Afterwards, we got on the bus again at the same stop to go into the city center of Berchtesgaden (all buses at the stop go to the city center). Watch for the times heading back to Salzburg. Only 840 goes from Berchtesgaden city center to Salzburg & the last bus was at 4:15pm. If you want to go into the city, I suggest going early to the salt mines (11am-ish) because we only had about 45 min to wander around the city afterwards before we had to catch the last bus back. We went to the info center within the city (you'll see it right across the street from the bus station), and got a free map.

All in all, a really fun day trip. Well worth the time and effort (and this coming from a person who's quite a lazy traveler).
Written March 25, 2014
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