The Salt Worlds in Hallstatt, Hallein and Altaussee
Deep into the mountains and the history of the region
The Salzkammergut and the entire region owe much to the "white gold" that was and still is mined in tunnels deep in the mountain. Today, 3 of these tunnel systems have been converted into spectacular "museums" and are perfect for an excursion, even in bad weather.
On the trail of salt
The many place names and geographical designations show how connected the whole region is with salt. The old name of the salt - Hall - also plays its part. To trace the salt and thus also the history of your holiday region, it is worth going deep into the mountain.
Salt Worlds- first-class experiences
The mines are not only educational but above all impressive and fun. Be it the entrance with the open railway, be it the traditional slides that were used to shorten the workers' journeys. Salt lakes, light installations and remains from ancient times are also on the programme.
Hallstatt - up and into the mountain
From Hallstatt, take the panoramic cable car up to the Salzberg. Here you will find the oldest preserved tunnel system in the world: salt mining began here over 3,000 years ago. 50 minutes from your Aktivhotel am Mondsee, this excursion is ideal for rainy days.
Salt Mine in Altaussee
Salt is still mined in Austria's largest salt deposit to this day. The chapel with an altar made of salt stones is probably unique, as is the eventful history: During the war, the tunnels were used by the Nazis as a hiding place for more than 7,000 works of art. Towards the end of the war, aerial bombs were to be used to blow up the tunnel system so that the art would not have to be handed over to the Allies. However, the miners prevented this idiotic plan and so today not only the tunnels can be visited, but also the works of art are preserved - although not in Altaussee.
Hallein near Salzburg
The Celts began mining salt in the Dürrnberg near Hallein 2,500 years ago. Today you can go on a search yourself in the world's oldest visitor mine. 12 km on 21 horizons - as the underground levels are called - can be walked through. In total, the system is an incredible 65 km long.
The journey via the motorway to Hallein takes 40 minutes. Incidentally, it is also worth visiting the little town on the Salzach: The centre and the Salzach Island are home to charming alleyways and coffee houses.
Perfect for any weather
Perfect hours on rainy days, then: visit one of the salt mines and get ready for a fascinating underground world. There is a varied programme in the region for bad weather. We will be happy to give you further tips on how to organise your holiday, either directly on-site or as part of your non-binding enquiry. The best thing to do is to call us directly at +43 6232 5031 and we will advise you individually on your accommodation at the Aktivhotel Seehof.