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The Hallstatt Salt Mines are over 7000 years old making them the oldest in the world and these mines are still in operation today.
To reach the entrance to the mines, you travel up a mountain from the valley floor with the funicular railway. From the top the entrance is about 10 minutes walk away, past two reconstructed prehistoric graves.
The mines can only be visited with a tour guide. These tours are popular and run multiple times per day. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to race down the original miner’s slide, which took workers deep into the mountain where they carried out their work.
Once inside the mine, you enter the Hörnerwerk, a huge chamber containing a massive salt lake. This lake is actually part of the sal... read more