Would you like to experience something extraordinary during your holiday in the Salzkammergut? Go on the trail of George Clooney's Hollywood blockbuster "The Monuments Men" and learn more about a long forgotten art robbery? Then the special tour through the Altausseer salt mine is just for you.
The greatest collection of art treasures ever, hidden in a mountain! Adolf Hitler's personal “Fuehrermuseum”, the items of which had been stolen or purchased across all of conquered Europe, was hidden in the Altaussee salt mine for safety. You can visit the exact spot where masterpieces by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the famous Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers were hidden in the long corridors of the salt mine, and learn how this collection, which would have put the Louvre in Paris in the shade, was saved at the last moment. Explore the salt halls and discover the original racks and boxes in which some of the most important works in art history survived the last days of the Second World War. Going beyond the memory of Michelangelo's Madonna and Leonardo's Lady with the Ermine, "Bombs on Michelangelo", the new guided tour of Altaussee Salt Mine, is the story of the crazy plan devised by a Nazi-Gauleiter to blow up these art treasures.
Current Corona Safety Measures
Due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, effective immediately and until further notice, visitors to all Salzwelten locations are subject to statutory behavioral and hygiene regulations. In this regard, we have taken this opportunity to provide answers to some of your most important questions. (Subject to change).
What safety regulations must we comply with while we visit the salt mines?
- Compulsory registration and presentation of a test result / vaccination certificate / confirmation of a Covid disease(For children up to ten years of age, the test result of the parents or a legal guardian applies, from the age of ten children need their own test result.)
- Validity of tests: Self-test with digital solution 24 hours, antigen test 48 hours, PCR test 72 hours
- Wear an FFP2 mask
- Keep a distance of at least 2 m
- Disinfect your hands
Do I have to wear a face mask during the entire visit?
The mask requirement applies to all indoor areas of all Salzwelten locations and also outdoors if the 2 m distance cannot be maintained.
Who has to wear a face mask?
All of our tour employees as well as guests ages six and up must wear a face mask.
Where can I disinfect my hands?
Disinfectant dispensers have been installed in the entrance area of all locations for the use of our visitors.
Here you can download the registration form in advance to print it out yourself. Of course, you can also fill out the form on site.
Test Stations on Holiday
Dear readers, for cable cars and sights around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley, the rules applies: Vaccinated. Tested. Recovered. We have summarised for you below, the most important testing opportunities in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, the Gosau Valley, Obertraun and Bad Ischl. Please register online or by phone.
Test Stations for Bad Goisern
- Test Station
Bad Goisern Safety Centre
4822 Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
Location: Salzkammergut main road roundabout (B145). Opposite the "Hofer" discount store
Monday and Wednesday
10;00 - 12:30
13:00 - 19:00
All other days
08:00 - 12:30
13:00 - 17:00
No registration necessary
Testing for free
Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
harmacy in the “Baumhaus”
on the Salzkammergut B145 main road near the Spar supermarket
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
14:00 p.m. - 18:00 hrs.
8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern
Test Stations for Gosau
Testen in Hallstatt und Obertraun
Test Stations for Hallstatt and Obertraun
- Sonja Gapp
Doctor’s Practice Hallstatt / Obertraun
Consultation hours Praxis Hallstatt
09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
- Subject to changes
Test Stations for Bad Ischl
Important information about the openings on May 19th
3G applies to all tourism businesses: guests have access if they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
In order to avoid waiting times, please come to the catering trade already tested.
(No test requirement in retail and when picking up in restaurants because less than 15 minutes)
Upper Austria Tourism: www.oberoesterreich.at/service/aktuelle-information.html
Opening rules WKO: www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/#lp-pom-block-2481
1. Negative PCR test (valid for 3 days)
2. Negative antigen test from test street, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 2 days)
3. Negative controlled self-test (valid for 2 days)
4. School tests for access also apply to children
5. New from 19.5. Recognition of living room tests using a QR code (valid for 1 day): In addition to the five test kits per person from the pharmacy to date, every household will receive a pack of 20 test kits per month including QR codes from May 18th. Take a picture of the QR code and your negative test result. The confirmation will be sent by email or SMS. This is recognized as an entry test for 24 hours.
Vaccination: Proof by means of a vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout. Valid from the 22nd day after the first vaccination.
Recovery: separation notice (up to 6 months after recovery), antibody test (up to 3 months nG)
Tests for domestic and foreign guests
- Please arrive with a test in your pocket (for foreign guests a corresponding test certificate is required when crossing the border)
- Rapid antigen tests can be carried out in public test stations (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
- Self-test under supervision in the municipalities (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
- Self-tests and living room tests with QR code or official registration (valid for 24 hours; attention: this test does not apply to border crossings) - Austrian guests, including those from other federal states, can bring these tests with them from home and also use them on vacation. They apply throughout Austria.
- Please note: rapid antigen tests in pharmacies are only available for Austrians with an e-card (valid for 48 hours)
- Point of sale tests are an "emergency solution" for companies to test guests who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test (valid only in this one company)
6 free test centers
- Kongresshaus: daily 8:00 -12: 30 & 13:00 16:45.
- Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6-7: 45 a.m. and 4-7: 45 p.m., Sat. + Sun .: 9:00 – 14:45
- Rathaus (Pfarrgasse 11, 2nd courtyard): Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00 to 13:00. and 17:00 to 19:00, registration information will follow.
- Spa pharmacy , Tel. 0800-220 330
- Marien-Apotheke , Tel. +43 (0) 6132 26 929
- Esplanande pharmacy : +43 (0) 06132 234270
- Registration for free testing at:
Telephone: 0800-220 330 ( 7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
- You will receive the test result after approx. 25-30 minutes.
Without registration, there may be waiting times.
Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.
Your editorial team.
Huge aeroplane bombs were placed amongst the art works, with the purpose of destroying the entire collection. Even today you can see one in the old "Springerwerk". An original US bomb has been returned to one of the boxes that the Gauleiter ordered to be carried into the mine.A short film tells you the story of how and where the insane "Operation Fuehrermuseum” started and why it ended up in the tunnels of Altaussee salt mine. You will learn, in a chapel in the heart of the mountain, about the properties of salt, which protected the works of art from decay, and what chance led Austrian art experts to discover these forces. In the heart of the mountain you will find out the logistical operations Hitler personally set in motion to turn the salt mine into an underground store while the Third Reich was falling apart.
A multimedia show in the middle of the store returns those dramatic days to life, from the bombing of German and Austrian towns to the bombs in the tunnels. In the amphitheatre deep inside the mountain, a presentation is given about the men who played the leading roles in this last-minute rescue: the simple miner and the SS general who chose to save the artworks. Period photographs and illustrations show how the miners of Altaussee instigated one of the most praiseworthy chapters in the last days of the war, in a demonstration of courage and a will to resist, and with the assistance of some unexpected allies. The true story is much more exciting than the version George Clooney and Hollywood produced in Monuments Men. The adventurous rescue of the art treasures of Altaussee is brought to life in this special tour: directly on the spot inside the mountain, among the boxes in which perhaps even the Mona Lisa was stored, in sight of the bombs primed to destroy them all.