Salt Mine (Hallstatt) – this visit was part of a 2-week trip in Europe (July 2015).
The Salt Mine (Salzwelten) is one of the top attractions in Hallstatt. The guided tour takes ~3h in total, including the funicular ride that takes visitors to the entrance of the salt mine.
- in early ages the salt deposits caused the prosperity of this small town;
- located near the Skywalk, a viewing platform that offers stunning views of the Hallstatt lake and the Dachstein mountains surrounding it;
- getting to the entrance of the salt mine: either hiking from Hallstatt (Brine Trail, 1h up) or taking the funicular up the mountain then walking 15min;
- before starting, visitors are given an overall to wear during the visit;
- the tour starts by walking through a narrow tunnel (Christina Tunnel) where the air is salty and the temperature is cool;
- visitors watch a film presentation on how the salt was formed and how it is mined;
- there are 12 levels of tunnels in total (total length of tunnels 65km/40mi), but visitors are allowed to levels 6 and 7 only; to get from one level to another, you can either use the stairs or ride a slide, the most fun element of the mine; that is Europe’s longest wooden slide (64m/209ft); an automatic camera will also take a photo of visitors sliding down; the photos are available for sale once the tour has been completed;
- the tour continue with an exhibition gallery presenting the mine’s history;
- before the end of the tour there is another fun element: a ride with Grubenhund, the mine’s train; this is how the miners traditionally left/leave the mine today;
????Family friendly (children ages 4 and up).
⚠️Prices: Salt Mine & Funicular round trip 34€/adult and 17€/children; Salt Mine 24€/adult and 12€/children.
⚠️The temperature inside the mine is 8°C/46°F. It is recommended to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes.
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