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Berchtesgaden Salt Mine – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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The Berchtesgaden Salt Mine in the Bavarian Alps, near the town of Berchtesgaden in Germany, is one of the oldest active salt mines in the world.

Salt extraction in this region dates back over 500 years and stands as a contemporary adventure destination in Bavaria today, captivating visitors to explore its underground chambers and tunnels and learn about the history and techniques of salt mining. 

The Mine offers guided tours, including a train ride into the heart of the mountain and a boat trip across an underground salt lake. 

The blind shaft, the Kaiser Franz sink work, and the bronze Reichenbach pump provide diverse experiences to visitors. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

What to expect at Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Experience a spectacular hike around the Mine, enlightening visitors about salt mining.

Exciting quizzes await the visitors on the salt terrace. 

Follow the trail to the mystical mining gallery and capture images featuring life-size miner figures or mining machines serving as a well-lit souvenir of the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.

A 5-minute journey through the mine train transports you to a depth of 650 meters (0.5 miles) inside the mountain.

There are salt slides in the Mine where visitors can experience sliding down wooden slides, adding a fun and adventurous element to the tour. 

The Mine houses a salt cave, a large underground sanctuary that adds an artistic and cultural dimension with sculptures and carvings made from rock salt. 

Indulge in an interactive and entertaining film on salt and mining, observe the blind shaft employed for transporting people and food supplies, and learn about the miners and the mine drainage system in the informative setting of the magical salt room. 

The Spiegelsee Mirror Lake is a remarkable spectacle that the visitors should explore beneath the surface, along with other technical machinery used during the time. 

Tickets         Price
Bavarian Salt Mine + Berchtesgaden         €70
Berchtesgaden Foothills+ Obersalzberg         €65

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine can be purchased online or in person at the attraction. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction. 

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot. 

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the Berchtesgaden ticket booking page, select your preferred date, number of tickets, and time slot, and buy your tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the departure point and have it scanned.

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine ticket price

Tickets for the Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden cost €70 for all visitors aged 17 and above.

Child tickets are available at a discounted price of €50 for all visitors aged four to 12.

Infants aged three and below can go on the tour for free.

Salt Mine Berchtesgaden tickets

There are various ways to explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.

Visitors can opt for the Bavarian Salt Mine Tour or choose to book tickets for Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg.

Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden tours
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You get priority access to the attraction with this skip-the-line ticket. 

During the 4-hour tour, you’ll explore the Königssee lake in the Berchtesgaden region of the Bavarian Alps. 

The tour takes you through Obersalzberg, a site once occupied by the Nazi leaders.

Discover captivating facts about the Salt Mine, collect souvenirs, and taste some traditional Bavarian delicacies.

Ensure that you bring your valid passport or identity card with you.

The tour is available in English and German.

Visitors are advised to wear warmer clothes and shoes for a more relaxed experience; protective overalls are provided on-site to all tourists. 

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (13+ years): €70
Child Ticket (4 to 12 years): €50
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg

Berchtesgaden Foothills
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This skip-the-line ticket lets visitors appreciate Germany’s natural beauty while journeying toward the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. 

Visit the famous Kehlsteinhaus or Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s holiday retreat. 

The tour is operational on Mondays and Fridays from May to October.

The Eagle’s Nest will be closed during terrible weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or fog. In such instances, the itinerary will be adjusted to include a visit to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead.

The round trip takes about 10 hours.  

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (27+ years): €65
Youth Ticket (15 to 26 years): €55
Child Ticket (up to 14 years): €36

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How to reach Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden

Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden is a salt mine in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

Address: Parkplatz Salzburger Straße 24 Gästeeinfahrt, Bergwerkstraße 83, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany. Get Directions.

You can reach the attraction via public or private transport.

By Train

The Berchtesgaden railway station is only 1.5 km (1 mile) from Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

You can use the 840 bus line from Berchtesgaden train station, which will take you to Salzbergwerk bus stop in about 5 minutes. 

A short 3-minute walk will lead you to the salt mine.

By Bus

Visitors can take the 840 bus to Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, which operates from Salzburg

By Car

If you are traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started. 

There are enough parking garages near the attraction. You can pay for your vehicle and park there.

Note: If you are traveling from Munich, you will enter Austria and must acquire a vignette car toll sticker to avoid fines.

Opening hours of Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden

The Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden is open from 9 am to 5 pm from 25 March to 3 November.

From 4 November to 24 March, the Mine opens at 11 am but closes early at 3 pm.

The last entry is an hour before closing time.

It remains closed on 1 January, Good Friday, Whit Monday, 1 November, 24, 25 and 31 December.

How long does the tour take

It takes around 90 minutes to explore the underground chambers, tunnels, and adventures in Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.

Visitors need enough time to dress up in overalls provided on-site. 

We recommend arriving at the ticket counter 15 to 20 minutes before the reserved time to ensure access to all the available services.

Best time to visit Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Best time to visit Berchtesgaden Salt Mine
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The best time to visit the Mine is during the early morning and late afternoon hours when they are least crowded.

The Mine’s temperature is maintained at 12 degrees Celsius throughout the year. 

If you purchase your tickets beforehand, you can beat the long entry queue.

Reviews

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine is a highly-rated tourist attraction.

Check out two Berchtesgaden reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction. 

Terrific experience

It is the third time in 10 years I have done this tour; I was very impressed every time. The laser show on the water is the cherry on the torte – it always gives me gooseskin. The two slides were a delight for our 5-year-old daughter and a bit of adrenaline for the parents.

Cpon, Tripadvisor

Worth the visit!

The entire experience was fantastic. The guide was helpful for those who weren’t German; we had audio assistance to hear what was being said, and the tour was interesting. The little train ride was fun, and the slides down to the next level added a different aspect to the experience—even a little ferry ride on Mirror Lake.

Lisa-Claire G, Tripadvisor


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FAQs about Salt Mine Berchtesgaden

Here are a few questions visitors frequently ask about the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine in Germany.

Where can I book tickets to visit the Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden?

Tourists can book the tickets online or at the venue on the day of their visit. For the best experience, we suggest you book your tickets in advance.

Can I cancel my tickets to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine?

Visitors can cancel their tickets 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Is photography or videography allowed in Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden?

No photography or videography is allowed due to safety reasons. However, you can purchase souvenirs and take photos from the photo stations alone. 

Can I carry my backpack to the Salt Mine?

Hats, sticks, umbrellas, backpacks, back carriers, and other large containers are prohibited inside the Berchtesgaden mine. However, lockers are available for storage of bulky items and valuables.

Should I bring my passport to visit the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine?

It would be safe to bring your passport or a valid Identity Card if you are planning a visit to the Mine.

Is the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine wheelchair accessible?

No, the Mine is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments.

Are there audio guides available at the Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden?

Yes, audio guides are available in 17 different languages free of charge.

Is it also possible to visit without a guide?

No, a tour without a guide is not possible in the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden.

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