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Salt Mine Dürrnberg, Hallein

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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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  • A visit to do. Very well organized, the guide speaks German, English and something in Italian. If you have children that should not be missed, together with the beautiful experience is also fun, with slides, raft rides etc.
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  • An important site for learning how to salt mining and salt industry influence on the entire region. During a guided tour down to the depths of the mountain by train and two slides and the pond. The tour passes by the German side of the border and back to Austrian side
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  • Unlike many other tourists we were here on a sunny day, so we could Park close and we did not have to wait. At hot weather is this my a pleasant cooling! I got scared honestly though the entrance price (20 euro per adult, 10 per child), but if you look at the cash register are with 2 enthusiastic little guys, don't make a half more. You get a miner Duffel and leave with a group of about 30 to 35 persons + guide with a little train inside. In the mine is the alternating train, steps, movies watch, boating, get explanation (only German and English, so you should just summarize it for the children), 2 typical miner's slides. A lot of time to all images with explanation to the wall to view is not there. The drive takes a hour in total. Then obviously the obligatory stroll through the adjoining shop where cool stuff for sale are located at tourist prices. An experience for young and old and equal to ten ground ones than concerts and museabezoekjes for young children.
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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.
  • Great fun! Absolutely must do if you're in the area. Adventurous!
  • 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
  • Amazing experience, awesome shop on the exit

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