Popular highlight – a visit to the salt mines
Salt mines close to St. Wolfgang on Lake Wolfgang
The history of salt production
Salzburg, Salzkammergut, Salzach and the salt mines in Hallein, Altaussee and Hallstatt: The regions, towns and rivers around the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl are named and renowned for their salt, or 'white gold'. Learn more about salt production in Austria on your trip to the region.
The origins of salt production
One thing is clear when you take a look back at the history of Salzburg and the Salzkammergut: the region's salt has made a significant contribution to the wealth and rise of the entire country.
In the Salzkammergut, Salzburg and neighbouring Bavaria, salt mines were the lifelines of the region. In Hallstatt, the origins of Austrian salt mining have been traced back roughly 7,000 years. If you're looking for a change from the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wolfgang during your holiday in the region, a trip to the salt mines in Hallein, Altausee or Hallstatt is a great way to learn more about the local history.
Rössl tip: A visit to the salt mines in Salzburg is a good way to spend a rainy or extremely hot day. Children aged 4 and over can take part in the unique experience. Once you return from your day in the salt mines, treat yourself to some relaxation at the SPA im See at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl.
Hallstatt Salt Mine – steeped in history
Salt has been mined at Hallstatt on Hallstätter See for 7,000 years. Embark on a journey back in time to the origins of salt mining in the region and walk in the footsteps of the 'man in salt'.
Rössl tip: Real history buffs should take the opportunity to book a special guided archaeological tour through the Hallstatt Salt Mine and spend a few hours learning all about the history of the mine.
Above the rooftops – Hallein salt mine near Salzburg
High above the old Celtic town of Hallein on Dürrnberg is the entrance to the Hallein Salt Mine. After putting on miner's gear, travel deep into the mountain on the Grubenhunt, a small train. Once you arrive, discover the salt tunnels, an enchantingly illuminated salt lake and slide down long wooden slides into the depths on the one-hour long guided tour. When you've surfaced, take the opportunity to visit the Celtic village and museum in the town of Hallein.
Explore Austria's largest active salt mine at Altausee
Discover the oldest Austrian salt mine still in operation, with its magnificent highlight: the mystical Saint Barbara chapel.
Rössl tip: Special tours for children take place during the summer months from July until mid September at Altaussee Salt Mine. A great experience for the entire family!
A visit to the salt mines in the Salzkammergut and Salzburg is a truly unmissable highlight for your holiday in the region. Some of Austria's most fascinating salt mines are only a short distance from the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang.
Start planning your trip to the land of salt by sending a non-binding enquiry to the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl in the Salzkammergut today.