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Hallein Salt Worlds – the origin of white gold

Excursion destination with over 2,500 years of history

Hallein, Hallstatt and Altaussee – these were the three major salt mines on the northern fringe of the Alps in Austria. The Hallein Salt Mine is located closest to Salzburg; it introduces young and old to the history of salt in its show mine – an eventful excursion for families and travel groups.

Interactive Celtic Village in Hallein
Visit the unique Celtic Village in Hallein

Back to the Celtic period...

Did you know that the Celts were already mining salt at the Dürrnberg near Hallein as early as 400 B.C.? In the Celtic Museum in the historic centre of Hallein, which is free to visit with a Salt Worlds admission ticket, and in the SALINA Celtic Village, you can trace the everyday and lives of the former settlers using the prehistoric findings. Later, the white gold became the foundation for the large wealth of the city and region of Salzburg.

Visitors young and old are fascinated by the salt and mining on an excursion to the Hallein Salt Worlds approx. 15 kilometres south of Salzburg. With the Grubenbahn railway, you can go into the heart of the mountain, where you can track the history of "man in salt". Further down, you are carried down the two slides that bring you to the underwater salt lake. This is magically highlighted with a fascinating light and sound installation, before you cross to the other bank with the raft and the journey through the mountain continues.

Salt Worlds experience for children

A children's programme awaits with Sally the Mine Duck, who whisks children from 4 to 10 away to secret tunnels. During the children's tour, the young visitors learn how to knock salt and find out through demonstration what salt mining is all about, while a large boat ride across the underwater lake is not to be missed.

Tunnels in the Hallein Salt Mine
Visit the salt mine on your holiday in Salzburg!

Opening hours & prices

The Hallein Salt Worlds are open all year round, except for the rest period in January and can only be visited by way of a guided tour. You can find details about this at

The Salt Worlds have a constant temperature of 10 degrees, which is why warm clothing is advised even in summer.

Enjoy excursions into the Salzburg region and spend the night in Hotel Scherer

Whether with the children or as a travel group, the Hallein Salt Worlds are one of the most historically significant destinations in the Salzburg region and are worth a day trip. Families can also combine the trip to Hallein with a quick ride with the Keltenblitz summer toboggan run.

To discover the sights in the city and region of Salzburg for yourself, the 4-star Hotel Scherer in the centre of Salzburg near the train station offers the perfect starting point. With its cosy rooms and special family and group offers, it is perfectly suited for a sightseeing holiday – book online or simply send a request!