Visit mystical worlds of salt and a fascinating Celtic mountain
In Bad Dürrnberg outside Hallein, surrounded by the fascinating mountain landscapes of the Tennengau in SalzburgerLand, you will find a very special excursion destination: known as Salzwelten Salzburg. Together with your family, discover the oldest salt mine in the world ever to welcome visitors and explore a truly extraordinary subterranean realm.
Awaiting you at Salzwelten Salzburg…
For the longest time, the Dürrnberg was one of the main centers for salt production in Europe. No wonder then, that the word salt (“Salz” in German) appears in the name of nearby Salzburg City and the River Salzach which flows through Hallein. One thing is “crystal” clear: If it were not for the salt in the Dürrnberg, that magnificent city of the Baroque would have a very different name. Today, in the same place where, 400 years before Christ, the Ancient Celts were already busily mining for salt – “white gold” – visitors, big and small, are able to experience the astonishing history of salt production for themselves. Summer or winter: Salzwelten Salzburg is a popular excursion destination for families in every season.
An adventure deep inside the mountain
Visitors have been coming to this no-longer-active salt mine near Salzburg for more than 400 years. If you are planning to head down into the salt mine, I strongly recommend wearing warm clothes– you see, the temperature inside the mine tunnels is a relatively constant ten degrees Celsius year-round. After you have slipped into white overalls, which is the traditional protective clothing sported by Salzburg’s miners and provided to you at the mine, your adventure can begin!
The first unforgettable highlight is actually right at the start: the mine train, which will give you a comfortable ride deep into the mountain through a maze of tunnels. Then, your guide will lead you to a series of information stations, telling you all about this underground world and salt mining along the way. An unforgettable experience for the whole family. And it’s far from over! Now, you will get to slither down two slides once used by the miners themselves, dropping even deeper into the mountain, where you will discover a subterranean salt lake. I can definitely promise you one thing: Those slides are every bit as much fun for parents and grandparents as they are for the kids, with big smiling faces guaranteed. Having arrived at the mystical salt lake, the magical play of water, light and audio effects will put a happy gleam in the eyes of everyone.
Historic Salt Mine and Celtic Mountain on One Ticket
As you stroll from hut to hut through SALINA, an authentic replica of a Celtic village, you will feel like you have been transformed into an Ancient Celt yourself. With the help of the new AR explorer app, you will playfully be able to immerse yourself completely in the world of the Celts. Win the interactive treasure hunt and snap a selfie with the virtual beaked jug for which the Dürrnberg has also become world-famous! The newly remodeled info center at the Celtic Village provides insights into the history of human settlement on the Dürrnberg and the exciting work conducted by archaeologists. Incidentally, the original Celtic finds – such as that beaked jug – are now on exhibition at Museum of the Celts Hallein! Admission to this Celtic Mountain is included free of charge with the Salzwelten ticket. Also bring your Salzwelten ticket with you when you visit Museum of the Celts Hallein, since they will be happy to give you a discount, too.
Tips from Cleverix for Your Excursion to the Salt Mine and Celtic Mountain:
- Quack! On Sundays year-round as well as Tuesdays and Saturdays in July and August, children’s tours are offered (only available in German). Kids ages four to ten are able to experience a fun-filled underground journey and will even receive a little duck as a special gift.
- discounted ticket prices with the TennengauPLUS-Card
- suitable for children ages four and up (unfortunately, children under 4 are not permitted in the mine)
- guided tours are offered regularly and last approximately 90 minutes – visits are only possible in combination with the tour
- Extra tip: the popular online ticket. It’s quick and easy, and no more having to wait in line!
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