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Salt Mine Dürrnberg, Hallein
(4.3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the history and the importance of "white gold" at Salt Mine Dürrnberg, the world's oldest salt mine. The mine dates back at least 7,000 years to the time of the Celtic tribes. It has served as a museum since World War I. Take part in a treasure hunt by following the mysterious, ancient miners' tunnels into the mystical mountain. Take a 400 m (1,300 ft) electric train ride to reach two sets of 42 m (138 ft) wooden slides. Slide down to the lower level of the mine on a wooden rail. Take a boat trip across an underground lake before exiting the mine. Put Salt Mine Dürrnberg into our Bad Durrnberg travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bad Durrnberg.
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  • Hallein offers two things: 1. The salt mines 2. The proximity to Salzburg and the Obersalzberg German (in and around Berchtesgaden). I wouldn't recommend it for the second reason, not the first. The salt mines, despite the great reviews I've read have seemed to me a (expensive) tourist SideShow. Are organized for the express purpose of pleasure for children (little train at the entrance, slides, boat on underground water) and in fact my kids loved. Their satisfaction is the only reason that softens the regret of 51 euros spent so badly, The educational aspect and salt mining and processing information is definitely lacking and explanatory videos, who would like to be witty and funny, they are really ridiculous.
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  • If you go to Salzburg deserves to see the salt mines. The round trip takes 80 minutes. Traveling by train then walk feasible x all kids. Under the 4-year-old children can not enter. It's expensive ... 2 adults and 2 children 53 euros.
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  • Back from Salzburg we stopped to visit these salt mines that are half an hour from the city. the route begins with the wearing of trousers and a jacket miners provided by hotel staff and, subsequently, on board a train that takes you inside the mountain where once you get off the guide explains the various techniques of extraction of salt (we were in a group of all Germans and so there have been "awarded" the audioguide which otherwise are subject to charges). The tour continues by walking inland past the border of Austria/Germany, curious crossing the Lake, raft and slides to go down level (for the hill there are escalators) all interrupted by the Guide's explanations. Finally exits the mountains always with trenino ... Overall a good experience, interesting and funny at the same time, outside, and included in the price, there is also a reconstruction of a Celtic village, the people who worked in the mine.
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  • The deep underground tour in the Salt Mine Dürrnberg, one of the oldest salt mines in the world, was interesting. A small train ride that took us deep into the mountain and then a ride down long, polished, wooden slides (great fun) lead to where the salt was mined. Long back the Celts were mining this "White Gold". It was very damp, and the tunnel walls werre slick with moisture. Was wondering how the miners worked there in the olden days. The boat ride in the underground lake, was fascinating. The exhibits along the way were informative.
  • Really fantastic experience for all ages. We loved the slides and train ride. Could be a bit better organised on the number call and the shop is decent. Also there are things to do there while waiting for your tour number to be called.
  • Awesome underground tour! You get to see the ancient salt mines, learn the stories behind the mining and cross the Austria- Germany border
  • Unique tour of the mine includes brine lake boat ride and huge slides. Very memorable.
  • Great place to visit