The Mountain, the Elector and the City built by Salt
A visit to the Salzwelten (World of Salt) leads visitor through the 2,500-year old tradition of salt mining. The mine railway, a miners’ slide and a raft usher visitors to the center of the mountain and into a mystical world. There guests will meet the Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, “the Salt-Prince”, whose meteoric rise and tragic demise will not only inspire you, but will also make the history of salt mining come to life. Children ages four and above are permitted to visit the underground Salzwelten complex.
The Salzwelten will take you into two thousend five hundred years of salt mining tradition. The pit railway, the miners slides and a raft will convey you to mystical places in the depths of the mountain. There you will meet the Salt Prince Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau whose rise to power and fall from glory are both a moving story and closely connected to the history of salt mining.
The salt of Bad Dürrrnberg once gave name to the land and city of Salzburg. Since 3rd April 2004, Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau himself has been guiding our visitors through the redesigned salt mine of Bad Dürrnberg. He tells about the white gold that already 2,500 years ago was mined by the Celtic people.
The Prince Archbishop became a wealthy man and used the money he earned by mining salt to build one of Europes most beautiful cities. In order to mine larger quantities a new technologie had to be invented.
Salt not only made him a rich and well known man but also was one of the reasons why he was sent to the dungeon of Salzburg´s fortress. There he stayed until his death and was not allowed to meet his lover Salome or one of his children. Enjoy:
- the long miners´ slides
- the crossing over the underground salt lake
- the trip on the miners train
- the Celtic village
Children are admitted to the mines from the age of 4 years