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Altaussee Salzwelten (Salt Mine)


The “Mountain of Treasures”: the biggest active salt mine in Austria

The Altaussee salt mine looks back on a long and, above all, eventful history: all beginning in the year 1147. For it was in then – incidentally, also the year when the name Austria was used for the first time – that salt mining in Altaussee was first chronicled. But did you know that “white gold” continues to be mined here even today? And that Altaussee is the biggest active salt mine in Austria? You will collect your own personal treasure trove of memories during your tour of the salt mine: In passageways lined by pure, shimmering, orangey-red rock salt, you will walk deep into the heart of the mountain. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the Barbara Chapel, sculpted completely out of rock salt, by the legendary salt-leaching chambers, and by the smooth-as-glass salt lake.

Our tips in July & August:

  • Themend tour: “Bombing Michelangelo”: Every Wednesday at 5 p.m.; Reservation in advance required

Tip: adventurous expeditions underground

A little bit removed from the regular tour routes inside Salzwelten Altaussee, a selection of special guided tours are also offered. Particularly atmospheric: an evening tour through the “Mountain of Treasures” (every Wednesday, except November, 5 p.m.)

Childrens Tour available in German only.

Special Tour: "Bombs on Michelangelo"
How did the brave Altaussee miners manage to save the priceless art treasures from destruction and why did some of those treasures surface a little later in the backrooms of nearby inns – you will learn all about this in a special 90-minute tour (July & August, Wednesday, 5 p.m.)

Art on the Steinberg: Cartoon exhibition (on the first floor of Salzwelten Altaussee; open daily during the summer opening hours; Free entrance)

Find more information, online tickets and opening hours on our website: https://www.salzwelten.at/en/altaussee

Health and security measures

  • Sensitizing of employees to meet min. distance rules
  • Employees wear surgical masks
  • Employees are informed about prevention and hygiene measures and correct behaviour when Covid19 symptoms or infections appear
  • Regular Covid19 tests for employees that have direct guest contact
  • Non-cash payment possible
  • Reduced number of participants
  • Procedure for health checks of guests available
  • Disinfectant for hands in accommodation and common rooms
  • Staff follows all security rules of the local authorities
  • Participation for vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested persons only
  • Regular ventilation of commonly accessible areas
  • Disinfection of often touched items and surfaces

What the weather will be like

Altaussee (727m)

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First variable with showers, becoming drier and brighter in the afternoon.
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Early clouds will clear to leave the region with a dry and sunny day.
6°C 27°C
11°C 28°C
12°C 24°C