The Salzburg salt mine in Hallein

Inside the Hallein salt mine

Inside the Hallein salt mine @Magic Ketchup/Flick

The Salzburg Salt Mine is one of the oldest mines pf this type, currently being used as a tourist attraction. It is located near the town of Hallein, at approximately 15 km south of Salzburg. The address of the salt mine is Ramsaustraße no. 3.  Over time it had a very high importance in the development of Salzburg.

The first salt mines here were made by the Celts, approximately in the year 600 BC. In 1542 there were more than 20,000 tons of salt, but the peak production was reached in 1971, when they reached a production of 72230 tons of salt. Lets’s see some other interesting facts about the salt mine in Hallein.

Interesting facts

In a total of more than 800 years of mining the Salzburg salt mine in Hallein have produced over 12 million tons of salt. After opening the mine at Ebensee, the Hallein salt mine was closed on 31.07.1989.

The salt mine was opened for visitors in 1994, but the first visitors came here in 1607. The total length of the tunnel is 64.72 km, but only 11.88 km are accessible, that means 9 of the 21 levels.

Underground lake of the salt mine

Underground lake of the salt mine @–{@rwen/Flick

A tour of the mine

A visit of the Salzburg salt mine in Hallein lasts over an hour, the temperature being 10 °C. The galleries go to Germany, then back to Austria, and tourists can also take a ride on a raft on a subterranean salt lake.

To get to the salt mine tourists must climb into a train who descends into a room where you can find audio and video information about the mine and the area where is located.

Among the things that can be seen in the mine are old wooden slides that were used by the miners for descending and statues depicting the miners who worked here and depicting scenes from the everyday life of the mine.

The slide of the Salzburg salt mine in Hallein

The slide of the Salzburg salt mine in Hallein @Magic Ketchup/Flick

The Celtic Village and the Celtic Museum

Besides the salt mine, tourists can also visit the nearby Celtic Village, the outdoor museum with buildings that copies the medieval Celtic houses and original objects found in the Dürrnberg. A walk in this museum takes visitors back to about 2500 years ago.

Ticket prices

The ticket price is 18 euros for adults, 9 euros for children (4-15 years), 16 euros for students and 9 euros for groups of schoolchildren. There are discounts for families with children as well, the ticket is 38 euros. This price includes a visit to the Celtic Village, the Celtic Museum in Hallein and the Silent Night Museum.

Inside the Hallein salt mine

Inside the Hallein salt mine @Magic Ketchup/Flick

 

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