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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Following the reviews on Tripadvisor we decided this was a must for the family to visit. We weren’t disappointed.
As we did you need to book a tour either online( we discovered later) or at the entrance kiosk. For our family of 4 it was €45, not cheap but on reflection was worth it. Also worth mentioning is that depending on the number of visitors there may be a lengthy wait if you have not booked online.
Starting the tour you need to don mining overalls and board a small train. For those not speaking German, equipment is provided at this point so you can follow along at various stages in the tour.
The train then transports you 600m or so right into the mountain( our boys really enjoyed this!)
We were then led, by our guide, through a series of tunnels and caverns where people have been mining rock salt for centuries. Along the way we learnt about the history of the mine and the mining process itself, which was enlightening.
Highlights for us were the Salt cathedral and the wooden slide down into the next level( again a hit with the kids ...), and the underground salt lake which we crossed on a small ferry. At that stage we were 100m or so underground!
The tour ends with the trip back on the small train and an option to purchase a photo of youselves on the train or on the wooden slide. We did.
We would recommend this attraction to those who wish to see something out of the ordinary. It does make you realise how much thought and effort it has taken to put that salt onto your table to season your food!
Important to mention is if you are frail, get claustrophobic or are in a wheelchair the tour is likely not for you.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank seanrE2740AF
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

My family visited the salt mine 2 weeks ago. When we arrived we had to wait about 45 minutes until the next available tour. It was snowy, but we walked along the trail above the salt mine to kill time. They have you put on the mining suits which is great because the temperature is pretty cool in the mine. We didn’t have any expectations of the salt mine. We were surprised how entertaining the tour was! You can also get an audio guide in English. I thought it was an appropriate amount of time, about 1.5 hours for the entire experience. It allows you to do other activities in the day.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jacquelyn D
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Safety comes first before entering the mine, so we were asked to wear a functional overall, considering as well the temperatures inside the mine are about +12° C. Apart from wearing the traditional miner’s suit, it has been so entertaining and educational especially for our little adventurer to experience the underground salt mine, be fascinated of the magnificent illuminated subterranean landscape, and crossing the salt lake by boat. At first, the little boy got scared of the dark lighting, but his daddy keeps holding his hand and assured he’s safe all throughout the tour.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Diorella J
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

The day of our tour was cold and rainy. I would strongly advise buying your tickets online in advance. We did not do this, so we had to buy tickets for a time 2+ hours after we arrived and there is no good place to wait. The lobby is small, damp, and cold, and there is only so much you can do while squeezed into the gift shop. There are high top tables outside but if the weather is bad...there is a restaurant/bar on location but seats are reserved (don't ask me how that happens, but it does) so unless you can figure the reservation part out, you're stuck standing awkwardly with a cup of coffee in your hand while seated patrons look condescendingly up at you. That being said, the actual tour itself is pretty cool. You get to wear these big overalls, climb on an open "train", and descend down into the mine. I have some claustrophobic issues but didn't have any problem at all with this. You aren't supposed to take pics on the tour but lots of people did and the guide didn't say anything. The "lake" was surreal and so odd to get on a boat to cross it. Lots of interesting information given by the guide, we really enjoyed it!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ruth T
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This was one of our destinations during a stay last summer in Austria and turned out to be one of the highlights. It is the actual location where Nazi war treasure was stored and later discovered as portrayed in the movie, "Monument Men." It has been left virtually intact in those areas. Multimedia presentation was first rate. We were able to come home with knowledge of the history of salt mining as well as purchased gifts of salt which were greatly appreciated at home. There are many salt mine tours in the general area but the others seemed to have a theme park air to them. This is great if you do not have small children with you who may not appreciate it as much as adults.

Date of experience: June 2017
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