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“19 euros well-spent”
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 September 25, 2013

This was a fun experience! I had no idea what to expect, and each part was a surprise and most enjoyable. We we're off season so it was not very busy, the audio visuals were in German with English and Italian subtitles! and the guide gave adequate commentaries in German and English.
Would be great fun for children! Adults too, as good as Disneyland !!

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I purchased the OBB Kombi ticket that gave me a return rail pass from Salzburg, return bus ticket from Hallein and the entry ticket to the salt mine - it was €29. I think it's a good deal given it covers entry to the salt mine (about €19 in itself), transport and entry to the Celtic Museum and Silent Night Museum. Every experience I've had with OBB has been excellent.
I agree with previous reviews that's its target audience is the young ones - but being young at heart I had a great time! I loved the slides and it made a nice change just from hitting museums all the time. Birgitte (sp?) was our guide and she did a great job at explaining everything in three languages and rounding up what was a huge group of people from various tour groups and countries.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We´ve visited the Mine during a city trip to Salzburg and are very disappointed about the tour.

On Sunday we´d tried to take a tour in the afternoon, but it was totally overrun - we´d to wait about 30 - 45 minutes in the queue to get the tickets and afterwards it would´ve taken about two hours for the scheduled tour. So we´ve left on Sunday and came back on Monday morning - there were only a couple of people and from arriving to tour start it only took 10 minutes.

Before starting the tour, you get dressed and a photo is taken (they will take 3 photos and they can be bought for 7€/each after the tour). You then take place on a train which brings you inside the mine.

Inside the mine we just had to "run" from one stop to the next. There were several small info points but each one was ignored by our guide and we just had to watch about 5 movies, showing the economic effect of the salt on Salzburg in the past - the movies contained an acted conversation between a monk and the arch bishop (Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau) of Salzburg in the 17. century.

Additonally, the adits between the stops were pretty dark so you had to concentrate on the way and also keep the speed of the tour guide.

And they only talked about the economic effect of the salt and nearly nothing about the actual salt mining - there we´re even a few historic machines but they didn´t mentioned them anytime.

The only special things between the movies where the obligatory slides and the ferry over an old cavern filled with brine.

We already took the tour in Bad Reichenhall, so we can compare the tour and the differences are as day and night. The tours in Bad Reichenhall not only contained much more information, they also had some pretty exciting models from the whole location of the mine and the single production steps (then and now).

If you wan´t to take a tour of a salt mine, don´t visit Hallein, take Bad Reichenhall instead! They are only a few kilometers apart and it´s even a few euros cheaper.

The tour in Hallein was really disappointing and too expensive for the experience they gave us.

1  Thank Christian B
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a professional designed 1 hour plus tour of a former saltmine, best for families with children. In white overalls, on a mine trains and down two real miner's slides, kids will feel like real miners (minus the hard toil on your knees). Movies and talking animatronics give a sight into the workings and workers during medieval times, with the movies focussing on the bishop (and a foolish monk) who brought modern mining to Salzburg and made himself and the city rich. How much of the narrative is fact and how much fiction is anyone's guess, but we didn't go there to write a PHD. Only in a side sentence you hear that the mine was worked until the seventies - the whole tour focusses on medieval workings and the modern engineering bit is completely missing, but the principle's are well explained. Felt a little rushed - would be nicer to have some more minutes to look around the side tracks, though the guide was very pleasant and the knowledge bits well presented. But whoever decided to design the boat ride across the saltlake as a segment straight out of the Eurovision song contest should be stuck in a salttub headfirst for a while - really, really stupid and prompting negative comments even by the children. Just light it with candles and have some voices echoing ... Perfect for a rainy day (hint: it's underground ...) and I feel a good bit of edu-tainment. PS the Celtic village outside could be a brilliant addition (the Celt's first dug for salt here), sadly the actors and demonstrators on the leaflet seemed to have vanished and it feels neglected, with lights and video not working.

1  Thank Leamington-family
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is fun tour for families. Take a train, do a boat ride, go down two wooden slides, and get a souvenir. The lines are long in the summer but this is really a fun event for the whole family.

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