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  • Location:Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg

See the underground world of Obersalzberg’s salt mines on this 4-hour trip from Salzburg. Led by a local guide, venture along the scenic Alpenstrasse as you wind through the Bavarian Alps. Suit up in traditional miners’ wear and descend into the salt mines dating back 450 years. Then, experience a unique raft sail along the salt lake in the mines' grottos and hear the history and lore of the underground world. After a stop at the charming village of Berchtesgaden, your tour will conclude in Salzburg. 


  • Half-day Berchtesgaden Salt Mines tour with transport from Salzburg
  • Travel along the scenic Deutsche Alpenstrasse for mountain views
  • Step straight inside the popular attraction with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Protect your clothes by wearing a traditional salt miner’s uniform
  • Slide into the mine shaft, ride on a mini-train and cruise around an underground lake
  • Watch a video about the mines’ history and explore with a local guide
  • Visit the town of Berchtesgaden on the way back to Salzburg

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an experience that’s both educational and fun, making for a great family day out. Don a miner’s uniform, shoot down a slide and ride a boat on the intriguing underground ‘mirror lake.’

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What You Can Expect

Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg

See the Bavarian Alps on the way to Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Your tour will begin at Mirabellplatz in central Salzburg, where you’ll join up with your guide and hop aboard your coach. Enjoy a scenic drive along the King’s Lake River through the Bavarian mountains before arriving in Obersalzberg.

Then slip into miners’ attire and descend into the grottos on a slide! After a thrilling ride down, explore the underground world, learning about the mines' fascinating, 450-year-old history. Top off your adventure with a raft sail on the salt lake and a train ride.

After ascending back to the surface of the earth, visit the charming town of Berchtesgaden to purchase a snack or plate of apple strudel. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point in Salzburg.

Customer Reviews

Patricia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I thought this was a very interesting and fun tour for all ages! The tour has a lot of diversity to it and our salt mine guide was playful, adding to the fun!

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very interesting to see how the salt is taken from the underground.

Megan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Honestly, I never would have chosen to go on this trip if it weren't for so many of my friends recommending it, and now I'm going to do the same! It may not seem hip, but the trip was amazing. The guide was knowledgeable and funny, the drive was beautiful and the salt mines are fascinating. You get to go down a slide that is steep but fun akin to Disneyland's Splash Mountain minus the cart and on a boat across water that is so undisturbed it looks like mercury. The stop in the cute town of Berchtesgaden is the icing on the cake - or the cream on the apple strudel. 5/5 would do again.

Kirstin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great guide, informative tour of the outlying area os Salzburg, and a fun tour of Salt Mine. Learned a little history of the area.

Wanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Comfortable ride through the Salzburg countryside...very professional driver and tour guide....we had a very informative guide who was open for questions....we would highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very unique, very educational. If you can also spend time in the small town of Berchtesgaden nearby you will have created a wonderful day of touring worth a rating of 10!

Paul F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour. Must do tour if visiting Salzburg !

Judy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We very much enjoyed this tour. The guide for our tour was very good and knowledgeable.

margaret v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

this was a really great tour which we both enjoyed a lot

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very interesting .... LOVED the slides ... Will recommend it to friends!

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