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Review of Salt Mine Hallein

Salt Mine Hallein
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Ice Caves, Waterfalls, and Salt Mines Private Tour from Salzburg
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Hallein
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In Hallein, the oldest mine in the world open to visitors, everyone from the age of four up can take part in a treasure hunt – and follow the mysterious, ancient miners’ tunnels for many kilometres into the mystical mountain. The perfect day trip for families, groups or school classes.
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I took my parents here for fun on their visit to Salzburg. I've never been to a salt mine before this, so this was a lot of fun for me too. We had a really small group so it was nice. Our tour guide spoke English on request, the slides were terrifying, but fun. Overall, a fun small side trip-highly recommend for others especially with children. I do not recommend to people that get bored easily or are looking for A LOT of action. This is a tour.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We bought the OBB Salz Erlebnis ticket from the station at Salzburg which included rail travel to Hallein, the bus transfer (No.41, hourly at xx.30 from the west side exit next to Platform 1 and alight at Bad Durrnberg Salzburgwerk. Check return times at bus stop on opposite side of road before you go in) and the admission to the mine. We were fortunate to visit at a quiet time and there was just one other couple on our tour. After putting on the protective overalls we were taken by train into the mine and then began our tour which included an underground crossing of the frontier between Austria and Germany, crossing a salt lake on a boat and two rapid descents of miner's wooden slides.
These initially look a little daunting as they are more like a double bannister than a playground slide but once you realise that you're not going to fall off they're quite exciting. The tour guide provided commentary in english describing the history of salt mining and its importance to the Salzburg area including some short films. We were free to take our own photographs and three official photographs were also taken of us, one by the official photographer and two by automatic cameras. The first of these was taken whilst we were on the train and the other on one of the slides which included a display of our speed achieved! There was an option to purchase prints at the end of the tour and once purchased we could email copies free of charge from special computer terminals in the visitor centre. Would certainly go again especially for the thrill of the slides.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Ever since reading the role of salt in the wealth of civilizations in the book "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky I have wanted to see a salt mine first hand. The tour of this salt mine which dates back nearly 2,500 years was very well organized and the opportunity to walk in the actual mine-shafts was unique. The short movie segments between stops on the tour emphasize that many of the impressive buildings that you will visit in Salzburg were built from the profits from this salt mine.

Not only is this an educational tour, but the slide down the wooden rails adds a bit of excitement. We highly recommend this tour. An added bonus is the tour of an adjacent reconstructed Celtic village.

The visitors center has clean restrooms, a snack bar, and a gift shop.

Thank HerschelChester
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

A visit to the Salt Mines is a must if you go to Salzburg. Hallein Salt Mine is the one closest to Salzburg and it is located on the Austrian-German border. There are other Salt Mines at Hallstatt and at Altaussee. At Salzburg HBF, we bought an OBB combination ticket (€23.8), which included the train ride from Salzburg to Hallein, bus ride to Bad Durrnberg, entry into the Salt Mine and the journey back. The train ride from Salzburg HBF to Hallein will take around 20 minutes. Once you reach Hallein Railway Station, catch Bus #41 to Bad Durrnberg (The Bus Stop is on the left as you come out of the station). The Bus runs hourly to Bad Durrnberg (On Sunday its every 2 hours). Once you reach Bad Durrnberg its walkable distance to the Salt Mine.

There are guided tours through the mine which starts every 20 minutes and each tour takes about 70 minutes. Children under 4 years are not allowed for the tour. Before the tour starts everyone is asked to jump into white overalls to protect your cloths. The Tour Guide speaks German, English and Italian (Audio Guides are also available). The tour starts with a ride into the mine on the miners train for 400 meters and then a walk through the 100 year old tunnel. Its a bit cold in the mine as temperature can go below 10 degree Celcius. To go down to the lower levels, you need to partner up on the the Miners slide which is so much fun. The tour then crosses the Austria - German border (where else can you experience this?) and then for some Brine tasting, from which the Salt is made. Then you are taken for an unique experience on a Boat Ride across an underground Brine Lake. After the boat ride you are taken to the lowest point of the tour, 210m below the ground level. There is a Celtic man preserved in Salt which is a bit scary. The Celtic Tribes (some 2500 years ago) were the first to mine here for the White Gold. Before the tour ends, each visitor is given a small salt souvenir to take back home. Never knew Salt Mines would be so much fun. Photos of everyone sliding on the miners slide is available at the exit, which you can purchase for €7 (which is costly).

Salzburg's longest toboggan slide (Keltenblitz, which is 2.2Km long) is near to the Salt Mine. Don't miss this exciting ride (its open from May 1st to October 14th). During winter this place is a ski resort.

4  Thank JenLen11
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We paid 18 Euros per adult and 9 Euros for a child to enter the Salt mine. The ticket also included the adjacent Celtic village, The Kelten Museum in Hallein and the Silent Night Musuem also in Hallein. I am though unsure as to wether this is a permanent thing or just for this season.
The Salt mine alone is well worth a visit. The tours were started at half hour intervals which meant we were only waiting for 20 minutes though this could be longer in peak season. Firstly we were taken to a "changing room" where we had to put on unflattering overalls on top of our clothing which everybody found very amusing. There is a storage facility here too for any items you do not wish to carry down the mine. It is fine to take photos here though so don't store your camera away!! Our guide spoke both German and English and was very pleasant and informative in both languages. After a photograph is taken of you a small train which you basically "straddle" like a horse takes you into the mine.There are some short films in German but these have English subtitles to follow. The historical information was very interesting to know as it tied in with our earlier visit to Salzburg. The walk through the mine is not difficult at all though can be a little slippy in some places.There is a short trip across a small lake on a boat but the best part for my seven year old daughter was the miners slides. These can be avoided if you wish but I recommend that anybody fit enough definitely gives it a go as it is great fun if a little surreal!! There are also photos you can buy at the end with a measurement of your speed on them. The mine also strays into Germany at one point which my Daughter thought was 'pretty cool'!! All the kids on the tour seemed to enjoy it so definitely recommended for families.

Thank dillbarnvilla
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