Hallein salt mine

White gold you can touch - head for the Hallein salt mines in the Salzburger Land region

A slide in the salt mine
The Hallein salt mine

Did you know that salt has been one of the most important raw materials for Austria since time immemorial and still is? When people talk about white gold they don't mean snow, as is often assumed. They're talking about salt. Salzburg and the Salzkammergut region have the mineral steeped in history to thank for their name - there's no question that the Hallein salt mine is also one of the most famous day trip destinations in the region.

A mineral steeped in history that gave its name to the city

There are several places in the Salzburger Land and in the Salzkammergut region where you can still visit original salt production sites. The Hallein salt mine is one of these places. Millions of years ago natural salt deposits formed in the Dürrnberg near Hallein, the place was called the city of Salzburg's treasure chamber for a long time. Many tracks in the mountain are evidence that the Celts even began to cultivate the precious mineral more than 2,500 years ago.

What can still be experienced today

Is the hard work that the miners from back then had to do in the mines around Hallein, Hallstatt and Altausee. Great exhibitions testify to the difficult working conditions and tell wild stories about the miners. Inside the mountain you can either proceed on foot or by mine railway. You cross a salt lake inside the mountain by boat before whizzing down to lower levels by slides. There's no doubt that a visit to the Hallein salt mine is an unforgettable experience.

Experience even more history

In the SALINA Celtic village which clearly and graphically shows how people in Celtic times lived and worked. Together with the Celtic museum in Hallein an artificial interactive world was created that shows in life-size illustrations what everyday life was like in Celtic times. See how people worked 2,500 years ago and admire the various original finds from this period in the Celtic museum in Hallein.

Here are a few advantages for the Hallein salt mines:

  • Discounted Tennengau Ticket - with the SalzburgerLand Card or Salzburg Card
  • Salz macht Schule - lots of interesting facts about salt in the new knowledge forum
  • Audio guides - also bring the Hallein salt mine alive for international guests
  • Travel without any stress and cheaply to Hallein using the ÖBB cultural enjoyment combination ticket
  • Free parking - makes the visit to the Hallein salt mines a convenient experience
  • Wear warm clothing - you're going inside the mountain; warm clothing and sturdy shoes
  • The weather is unimportant thanks to the constant temperature of 10°C in the mountain

Great bad weather programme - but that's not all

A visit to the Hallein salt mine is a great experience for the whole family. It's not just children who find it interesting to learn lots of fascinating facts about the history of salt production. Great as a bad weather programme - it's a constant 10°C in the mountain. It doesn't matter if it's raining outside. If you are interested in the Hallein salt mine as a day trip destination we will be happy to help you with the planning. The team at the Landgasthof Kirchbichl are happy to assist you with information about travel, admission and programmes. Send us a non-binding enquiry or give us a call now on +43 662 665 900.