Visit the Keltenmuseum or 'Museum of the Celts'. The picture was taken from their website, because photography is not allowed inside the building. We paid 6 euro admission (2011). Very interesting, there are some good finds from nearby Duerrnberg, the heartland of the Celtic La Tene culture. The Celts buried their prominent dead with chariots and other gifts, coloured their hair with chalk, and made beautiful jewels, for example with amber. Although they were fierce warriors their kingdom Noricum was eventually conquered by the Romans legions led by Publius Silius Nerva in 16 BC.
A brisk walk through town with river Salzach and mountains Kleiner und Grosser Barmstein, fountain, and decorated facades.
This ?salty? village, a little south of Salzburg was one of the most valuable possessions to the bishops of Salzburg. Since the 13th century, salt is being extracted from the saltmine by the clergyman.
The Saltmine is still used to extract salt. It is possible to visit the mines. Enjoy the ride on the wooden slides, the salt-choppers used, to get down. Take a boattrip on the illuminated saltlake and have a ride in the lorry.
Guided tours (about 75 minutes) are offered:
from April 1st until October 31st, from 9.00- 17.00 hrs.
from November 1st until March 31st from 11.00- 15.00 hrs.
No reservations required
Adults ? 15,50
Children (Ages 6-15) ? 9,30
Children (Ages 4-6 ) ? 7,75
Family Ticket ? 32,55
(2 Adults & 1 or more Children Ages 4 - 15)
Salzburgerstrasse 42, Hallein, 5400, Austria
Good for: Families
Coffee at the coffeehouse and ice cream parlour GelatOK. Here be WiFi!
Favorite Dish: We just had some cappuccino, studied our maps and enjoyed their free WiFi. Great!
After your tour of the Salt Mines, when you exit if you walk up the road, staraight up the mountain about 1/4 of a mile, there is a small inn/motel...sorry, the name escapes me... The owner is very nice and the food is excellent (try the Goulosh).
We left full for about $6.
Favorite Dish: Goulosh
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Regular trains every hour, take 15 minutes, more frequent suburban trains 25 minutes, first at 4.35 and the last at 0.19 am, 3,60 Euro
I was able to go on a hike around the Salzburg area and climbed one of the Barmstoa. We also crossed the German/Austrian Boarder several times on our hike.
There are two of these rock towers. One standing 841 meters tall and the other 851 meters tall. The smaller of the two is easy to climb, while the larger is very difficult.
One of the world's oldest mines preserved for tourists is found on Derrnberg mountain, overlooking the picturesque town of Hallein, a short distance south of Salzburg. The earth beneath the surface of the Derrnberg holds the key to the legendary wealth of Salzburg's past. 'White gold' was being mined here as early as the time of the Celts; in later years, the same subterranean treasure was to help the Salzburg prince archbishops accumulate their limitless riches. Insignificant as salt may seem to us today, it played a crucial role in the history of the area around Salzburg. In the World of Salt you are transported back in time to experience what it was like to work here searching for the bounty hidden by nature in the rock.
At the start of your journey into the depths of the World of Salt, you receive your miner's outfit. Then a miniature train takes you, dressed all in white, into the gloomy tunnels of the preserved mine before you descend even deeper on smoothly polished slides. A miner explains the history of salt and mining in the D?rrnberg, accompanying you as you glide over the famous salt lake in a raft enveloped by mysterious sounds rising from the depths. Multimedia installations complement the visitors' experience.
When we visited, the tour was about $10USD
See "Up The Hill" tip under restaurants for your lunch after the tour