Salt Mine Berchtesgaden - Train for the ride into the mountain © SWS AG

Salt Mine Tour - Tour 3A

4.5 / 402
Skip the Line

4 hours


daily at 8.45 am and 2.00 pm


English, German
(Tour may be guided multilinugally)

Meeting spot

Panorama Tours Bus Terminal, Mirabellplatz / Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1, 5020 Salzburg
Arrival information


free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to tour departure

Skip the Line: Best price and no waiting times with the Skip the Line Ticket

This Salt Mine Tour takes you on an adventurous trip into the Bavarian Alps to the Salt Mine Berchtesgaden

Visit one of the most popular destinations in Berchtesgaden with our Salt Mine Tour: The salt mine in Berchtesgaden is more than 500 years old and features many highlights, such as the magic Salt Room, a raft ride across the Mirror Lake, the Salt Cathedral, and many more. Also part of this Salt Mine Tour is a stop in the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden.


The Salt Mine Tour

This 4-hour Salt Mines Tour takes the route from Salzburg via the Alpenstraße and along the Königsseeache up to the Obersalzberg, where once the leaders of the Third Reich resided.

Next, you reach the highlight of the Salt Mine Tour: the more than 500-year-old salt mine in Berchtesgaden. Learn exciting and informative facts about the world underground!

After your visit of the salt mine and before your return to Salzburg, you have time to explore the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden at your own leisure.

Records of salt mining in Berchtesgaden reach as far back as the twelfth century. In 1517, Prince-Provost Gregor Rainer founded the salt mine in Berchtesgaden. Since then, salt has been mined here uninterruptedly, making Berchtesgaden Germany’s oldest active salt mine. To this day, the Bad Reichenhaller AlpenSalz is made from the brine won in this salt mine.

1816 saw the beginning of tours through the salt mine for select guests only. Since 1880, tours have been open to everyone. In 2007, the visitor center was reimagined and is now one of the most innovative salt mine experiences worldwide.In 1517, the first gallery was struck and in 2017, the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine celebrated its 500-year anniversary.

The Salt Mine Berchtesgaden offers a range of highlights for visitors young and old:

After you have put on protective clothing, the mine railway takes you 650 m (2,100 ft.) into the mountain. First, you see the impressive Salt Cathedral which was dedicated to Emperor Franz Josef I., then emperor of Austria. Next is the first wooden slide, that transports you 34 m (110 ft.) downwards to the Stone Salt Grotto, which was named for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Look forward to many interesting stations here, for example the salt laboratory which provides exciting insights into the history of salt mining.

The tour of the salt mine is completed with a breath-taking ride across the Mirror Lake on a raft. The lake owes its name to the reflection of the ceiling in the water’s surface.

The Salt Mine Berchtesgaden allows you to learn new and interesting information about the vital element salt and experience it with all senses.

Salt Mine Berchtesgaden - slide © SWS AG
Salt Mine Berchtesgaden - salt cathedral © SWS AG
Salt Mine Berchtesgaden - mine car © SWS AG
Salt Mine Berchtesgaden - Train for the ride into the mountain © SWS AG

FAQs Salt Mine Tour

Inside the salt mine, there is a constant temperature of +12°C (53°F) all year around. This is why warm clothes are recommended. Additionally, sturdy shoes are advised. At the salt mine, you will receive mandatory overalls to protect your clothes.

The tour inside the salt mine takes about 1.5 hours. The full duration of the Salt Mine Tour from departure in Salzburg back to arrival in Salzburg is 4 hours.

Children at any age can visit the Salt Mine Berchtesgaden. However, strollers, baby buggies and carrying frames are not suitable.

The easiest and most convenient way to get to the salt mine from Salzburg is with the Salt Mine Tour by Salzburg Panorama Tours. On the 4 hour tour, enjoy the drive to the salt mine via the Obersalzberg and afterwards, explore the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden at your own leisure.

Yes, the entrance fee to the Salt Mine Berchtesgaden is included in the tour price.

No, there is no long wait at the entrance because this tour includes Skip the Line Tickets.

The Salt Mine is open all year.

The Salt Mine is in Berchtesgaden, a picturesque town in the Bavarian Alps.

Salt Mine Berchtesgaden
Salzburger Straße 24
83471 Berchtesgaden

Please notice:

We are not able to offer a pick-up service from the hotel. Please make your own way to meeting point, 15 min. prior departure.

Only Salzburg Panorama Tours is responsible to schedule the tour vehicles.

Infants up to 4 years are not entitled to their own seat.

In case of border controls, please make sure you carry a valid passport!

This tour may be operated in combination with tour 3 / Bavarian Mountains tour.

Pets are not allowed in the tour.

Is included in the following combinations and also available as Private Tour

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