Daily tours through the Saltmine in Hallstatt

Date: Tue, Oct. 24, 2017
Location:  Salzwelten Hallstatt, Salzbergstraße 1 4830 Hallstatt
Info: Daily open from 1st of April 2017 to 26th of November 2017 & 3rd of March to 9th of December 2018.

The world’s oldest Salt Mine

Whether as an alternative to hot summer days, an outing for rainy weather, or simply for any reason at all, a fantastic trip through the world’s oldest salt mine, the Salzwelten (saltmine) in Hallstatt, is a wonderful excursion for all types of weather and occasions. The tour is a must-see and one of the top tourist attractions during a vacation in Hallstatt.

Since more than 7.000 years the high mountain valley of Hallstatt has determined – due to the vital importance of salt – the destinies, privations and achievements of the local people. Encounter the legends at every turn from the dark past and the glowing power of the “White Gold”. Doubtless there are only a few places in this world where one feels the historical significance to such an extent as in this small valley – in fact a whole epoch of mankind became known worldwide as “The Hallstatt Era” (800 until 400 BC).

On the traces of the »Man Preserved in Salt«

Deep in the mountain, in the fascinating world of the underground, where humans have been mining salt since thousands of years has nowadays become a world of undreamt-of impressions, fun and adventure: a miner’s slide, a subterranean salt lake and an exciting trip with the mining railroad are the highlights of the Salzwelten Hallstatt.

Daily tours

From the middle of April to the beginning of November, the daily tours of the Hallstatt Salzwelten invite visitors to tread the mine’s secretive paths and explore unique treasures of mankind. As you journey through geological history, not only will you gain intriguing knowledge, but all your senses will be engaged in a world of spectacular fantasy and captivating imagination.

Our tip: During your visit to the Salzwelten in Hallstatt, we would greatly recommend a detour to the Hallstatt Sky Walk. This spectacular viewing platform sits high above Hallstatt and offers an idyllic panoramic view of Lake Hallstatt and the breathtaking alpine landscape ranging from the Sarstein to the Plassen mountains.

Please take note that depending on the season, the operating times for the funicular to the Salzberg (salt mountain) and the visiting times for the Salzwelten vary. Exact information can be found under “Information at a glance”. We hope that you have an unforgettable experience during your visit to the Salzwelten of Hallstatt.

Hallstatt - Small village with a great history

The picturesque village on the lake with the same name owes its existence to the rich salt deposit of salt in the mountain of Hallstatt. 7000 years ago, as the prehistoric humans from Hallstatt began to take the salt from the salt mine who would of guessed, that this little village would give its name to a period in history – the Hallstatt period (800-400 BC). Rich findings in Hallstatt and the upper valley of Hallstatt gave this village international recognition; even today discoveries are still made in the salt mountain of Hallstatt.  Among the most beautiful places of interest are the oldest salt mine in the world and the ossuary in Hallstatt, a romantic boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, a trip to the breathtaking cave world in Obertraun and a visit to the Lake Gosau with the mighty Dachstein glacier. Additionally, Bad Goisern is popular in the summer with hikers and bikers. In winter guests are lured in by the ski areas of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Ski and Freeride Arena in neighboring Obertraun with perfect slope conditions. We wish you an unforgettable holiday in Hallstatt!

Information at a glance

  • Opening hours Salzberg cable car 2017
    18 Feruary to 31 March 2017: 9.00 to 16:30 hrs.**
    1 April to 24 Sep. 2017: 9.00 to 18:00 hrs.
    25 Sep. to 5 Nov. 2017: 9.00 to 16:30 hrs.**
    6 Nov. to 10 Dec. 2017: 9.00 to 16:00 hrs.**
    **last descent
    Ascents run constantly!
    Duration of the ascent: about 3 minutes

    Opening hours 2018
    3 Feruary to 25 March 2018: 9.00 to 16:30 hrs.
    26 March to 30 Sep. 2018: 9.00 to 18:00 hrs.
    1 Oct- to 9 Dec. 2018: 9.00 to 16:30 hrs.

  • Opening hours Salt mine (Salzwelten) Hallstatt
    Closed from 28th November 2016 until 1st of April 2017
    1 April to 24 Sep. 2017: 9.30 to 16:30 hrs.*
    25 Sep. to 5 Nov. 2017: 9.30 to 15:00 hrs.*
    6 Nov. to 26 Nov. 2017: 9.30 to 14:30 hrs.*
    *Start of the last tour,
    last ascent 16:00 hrs. (until 24.9.)
    or 14:30 hrs. (after 25.9.)
    or 14:00 hrs. (after 6.11.).

    Opening hours Salt mine (Salzwelten) Hallstatt 2018
    03.03. to 25.03.2018 9:30 to 14:30 hrs (14:00 hrs last drive-up)
    26.03.2018 to 30.09.2018 9:30 to 16:30 hrs (16:00 hrs last drive-up)
    01.10.2018 bis 09.12.2018 9:30 to 14:30 hrs (14:00 hrs last drive-up)

  • Time Manager
    for the salt mine and the “Welterbeblick” viewing platform
    Ascent and descent with a visit to the ‘Salzwelten’ - the oldest salt mine in the world and the “Welterbeblick“ (World Heritage view) viewing platform about 3 hour.
    Ascent and descent with a visit to the viewing platform “Welterbeblick“ viewing platform about 1 hour.
    Walking time on the salt mountain of between 50 minutes and 1 hour.
    Please note that the ascent and descents depend on the number of visitors

  • Our advice: Conveniently download prices, opening times and other information for your holiday in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, as a PDF on your tablet or smartphone. So you are always well informed and have all important information at hand.
    Tariffs and Opening hours 2017 (PDF 600kB)

  • Your contact to the
    Salzwelten Hallstatt:(Salt Mine)
    Salzbergstraße 1
    4830 Hallstatt / Austria
    Phone: 0043 (0) 6132 200 24 00

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