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Skip-The-Line Salt-Mines and Bavarian Mountains Tour from Salzburg

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Travel along the scenic Deutsche Alpenstrasse for mountain views
  • Step straight inside the popular attraction with a skip-the-line ticket
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Dress as a miner, ride a boat, and shoot down a slide for a salt mine tour that’s focused on fun.

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fee to the Salt Mines
  • Transfer in air-conditioned bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1
    Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

    The tour departs from the bus terminal at Mirabellplatz, corner Hubert Sattler Gasse 1 (in front of St. Andrew church) Mirabellplatz / 5020 Salzburg - please arrive 15 minutes prior tour departure

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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  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.

Bavarian Alps (Pass By)

Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the Salt Mine and Bavarian Mountains tour from Salzburg. Our bus tour guide was very informative and entertaining.
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The miner's slides alone make this trip a must!
Kelly_B, Mar 2023
Definitely worth doing this unique tour! I had actually done it 50 years earlier as a young child when we lived in Munich, so it was fun to return. Enjoyed Walter's tales and history on the ride to/from Berchtesgaden, and liked having a little time for coffee and pastries in the town of Berchtesgaden before returning to Salzburg. Our only complaint was with the audio part of the tour inside the mine - our personal audio devices worked only twice in the mine, so we missed much of the information. There was some signage but think we still missed much of the story. The guide inside the mine spoke in German to the handful of German-speaking visitors, and the loudspeaker audio was set to Korean at each stopping point within the mine as a large part of our group was from South Korea. The guide within the mine couldn't get our personnel devices to work. But it was still very interesting and fun - enjoyed the two miner's slides and the short boat trip across Mirror Lake.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Kelly, We are so glad to see that you enjoyed our Saltmines tour. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Thank you also for the kind words about our tour guide. It was a pleasure serving you. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Informative and fun on a snowy day!!
Jim_L, Feb 2023
Great tour guide for our small group. Head of line privilege was a plus. Very informative and the slides were terrific.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your kind feedback! Our team strives to create positive experiences for all our travelers - and we're happy to hear they made a positive impact on your trip
The Maine Grizzly Bear & his Honey
Emily_W, Feb 2023
My husband and I did this tour as a part of our honeymoon and genuinely enjoyed the experience! We had Leo as our tour guide...he had us laughing throughout the trip! His enthusiasm for the area's history was apparent, and we loved his sense of humor. We highly recommend this tour and Leo as a guide!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
First of all, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Thank you also for the compliments about our tour guide/driver. Our team works hard to give you the best experience. We hope to serve you again soon.
Delightful day
Nicole_M, Jan 2023
Easy pick up. Comfortable van. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. There was fresh snow which made the drive from Salzburg to the mine absolutely beautiful. Our guide took us over a pass to show off the countryside. Short stop in Berchtesgaden for a hot beverage and snack at the Hotel Edelweiss was a treat. I had no idea how salt is mined and the tour is well done. The train takes you deep, very deep, into the mine. Then down the slide you go into the salt cathedral. I figured the slide would be “ok” but it was delightful. I was thrilled to do it again as we went even deeper into the mine. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We have read your comment with a lot of pleasure and are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and that you were fully satisfied with our service, because customer satisfaction is our highest priority. Many thanks for your recommendation, and we look forward to welcoming you back on one of our sightseeing tours soon! With best regards, your Salzburg Panorama Tours Team
We thoroughly enjoyed the...
Margaret_E, Jan 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed the Salt Mine and Bavarian Mountains tour from Salzburg. Our bus tour guide was very informative and entertaining.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your great review !!
Fun!! And informative!!
cs2s2yc479, Jan 2023
We had the best experience! We laughed so much when we went down the slide!! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your review !!
Good Family Day at the Mines.
Tiffany_C, Jan 2023
We would likely have skipped the salt mines had some friends not raved about their visit. And we are typically turned off by tour-bus adventures, but we had a great time! Our tour guide provided some local history and pointed out some iconic scenery from the Sound of Music and WWII history. Once inside the mines, we were really impressed with out smoothly the adventure played out from a train ride into the mine to several video presentations to understand the history along the way. Of course, the notable highlights were the slides taking us down to other levels in the mine and a boat ride across the water with a laser light show. Once out of the mines, prepare for a bit of chaos at the photo stations.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review !!
Great for all ages!
Stacy_Z, Dec 2022
We had a family with 2 adult kids and a 10 year old and everyone really enjoyed this experience. It was a nice way to get into the mountain area surrounding Salzburg and the tour was efficient and professionally run. The mine itself was interesting and educational. One of the highlights was being able to see the grassy hill from the observation platform near the entrance to the mine where the "hills are alive" scene from the Sound of Music was filmed. It was at a distance, but still cool to see since this was not on the movie tour. This was fun, a great valu,e and we'd highly recommend it.
Fantastic, informative and fun trip.
Carol_G, Dec 2022
The tour guide, Walter, was brilliant, giving us lots of insightful and historic facts and information. The bus journey was not too long and gave us a chance to see a different part of Salzburg and some wonderful views of the mountains. The salt mine was very interesting and the slides, train and boat rides made it great fun. The stop afterwards in the beautiful village of Berechtsgardten was a lively end to the trip, with a wander around the Christmas market, time to enjoy a coffee or a glühwein, take photos or buy a last minute souvenir. The bus journey back to Salzburg was relaxing with a wonderful selection of Music by some of the great Austrian composers to listen too. Our party of 4 people thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review, we are happy that you have enjoyed tour time with our touguide Walter in the Bavarian Alps. We hope to welcome you back soon in Austria !!!
Seeing the machines,...
Greta_M, Dec 2022
Seeing the machines, learning the stories and going through the tunnels was amazing! The mirror lake was stunning and the tour was well laid out.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your review !!
Trip to salt mines and Berchtesgaden
STEFANIE_G, Dec 2022
It was a fun little trip . Saw a bit of the mountainside , the salt mine was a lot of fun and then we spent 1 hr im Berchtesgaden , enough time to go over their beautiful Christmas markets .the guide and driver were excellent . I believe their names were Erik und Ben.
Skip it
Sue_L, Dec 2022
The workers were rude and provided very little direction. The experience is a bit cheesy. It is far and not worth the trip
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Sue Thank you for your message and dropping us a line We are sorry the Salt Mines did not meet your expectations For safety reasons, the salt mines may be guided by miners only and they must see that the groups stay together as nobody wants to get lost underground Yet, we are sorry you felt they were rude We do hope to get another chance and you join a different tour All the best Your Salzburg Panorama Tours Team
Must tour in Salzburg
Mark_R, Dec 2022
A fun tour into the Alps with a stop in lovely German town. Salt mines were an interactive tour with slides, tram, boat and even funicular ride!!! We had a great driver! Highly recommend
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review !!
Werna was a great guide...
Deb_P, Nov 2022
Werna was a great guide explaining points of interest along the way. The tour guide at the cave handled a group of mostly German speaking and a handful of English speaking ppl. English speaking had audio guide but from the laughter from the Germans, she was funnier. The caves are amazing the slides are such fun. Great history and amazing to see how they use to operate.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your time to write this wonderful review !!
Good Tour, Would recommend
Veronica_G, Nov 2022
We were very lucky to have done this tour in the low season because our group was very small. It was my family of 4 and another group of 3. We had a smaller shuttle bus and because of this, we were able to drive through the Bavarian Alps on roads that larger buses cannot drive on. We had wonderful views and a great experience with an additional stop in the small town of Berchtesgaden for some time to explore. The salt mine tour was interesting but I would say not the highlight of the tour. It was a great way to get out of the city and see the Alps from a different view.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for taking your time to write this review, we are happy that you have enjoyed our tour and hope to welcome you back soon in Salzburg.
Amazing trip
Alli_D, Nov 2022
Had such a great time! Loved the history shared by our incredible guide as he showed us the most incredible views. Would do again!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your review !!
Panorama tour fantastic, Viator not
Anne_S, Oct 2022
The Panorama trip was fantastic. Johannes was a great guide but Viator were terrible. They advertise a 20% discount if you refer a friend and they do not honour this. Suggest you book direct with the tour operator and prevent Viator from profiting.
Deep dive into history and mining
Brian_T, Oct 2022
Informative and entertaining, the experience provides a deep-dive into the salt mine’s history and the life of the miners who worked there. Absolutely worthwhile.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your review !!
Thoroughly good experience excepting the language barrier inside the salt mine.
Angana_C, Aug 2022
Liked the bus ride to the mine and the boat ride inside it. Disappointed with the guide speaking most of the time only in German. Like the guide on the bus, speaking in English is also needed by the mines guide. Many were requesting for that. He speaks once or twice jn both the languages but soon reverts to only German. The audio guide also not working intermittently.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for your review, we are happy that you enjoyed our tour. We forward your suggestion concerning the languages to the saltmines and hope that they will improve their service. Best regards Your Salzburg Panorama Tours Team
Super Time!
judy_p, Aug 2022
This tour provided a lot of information regarding the process of obtaining salt. It was fun and definitely worth our time.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Judy, thank you for your review !! We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour and had fun in the Salt Mines. Best regards Your Salzburg Panorama Tours Team


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