The Salzburg Salt Mines make a good day trip from the city and show visitors the mining history of the region that goes back thousands of years.
Unlike the name suggests, the Salzburg Salt Mines are actually located in Dürrnberg, which is about 30 minutes south of the city.
There is a ticket, which you can purchase at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof which includes the train ride to Hallein, the bus transfer to Dürrnberg and entrance into the mines and the Celtic Museum. This ticket is called the "Salz Erlebnis Ticket", and can be bought over the counter at the station.
Once at the mines, the tour starts by putting on the supplied overalls to protect your clothes during the tour. Then you board a train which takes you deep into the mine itself.
In order to get to the lower part of the mine, you have to slide down a long "miner’s shoot". At the bottom, the tour continues to explain the machinery used in the mines, as well as describing the way salt is mixed with other materials and how this is extracted.
The tour itself lasts about 1 hour. At the end, you arrive at a huge salt lake, where boats are waiting to take you on the ride out of the mine.
Unlike the mines in Hallstatt, the Salzburg Salt Mines are open all year around, although opening hours are shorter in Winter.
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