Numerous excavations and valuable finds are testimony to this region’s Celtic past. Even over 2000 years ago, they already knew: This is a very special place. They settled the area and began mining salt to put in their soup. However, the abundance of salt here had consequences that would become far more epic than that: It laid the foundation for the future wealth and ascendancy of Salzburg City.
As a consequence, Dürrnberg always had very close ties to Hallein and Salzburg – the church in Dürrnberg was even built by the same archbishops and architects as Salzburg Cathedral. Over time, the salt mine on the Dürrnberg developed into quite the tourist attraction. Already, over 10 million visitors have sailed on rafts across its subterranean salt lake.
If you are hungry for culture, several mouthwatering treats await you close by: You can reach Salzburg, home of the world-famous festival, in just 25 minutes, while Hallein, the “city of the Celts”, and Berchtesgaden are only 10 minutes away.
Salt played a huge role in the history of Salzburg: Not only did it give the city its name, it also brought Salzburg immense wealth. No wonder it has been known as “white gold” ever since. The first people ever to mine salt on the Dürrnberg outside Hallein were the Celts – an incredible 2500 years ago. They laid the foundation for the Salzwelten Hallein we know today, also, incidentally, the world’s very first salt mine to welcome visitors.
Nowadays, the salt mine on the Dürrnberg outside Hallein is a popular excursion destination for the whole family. Here, visitors – outfitted in traditional miners’ gear – learn how salt was mined in earlier times. You will first ride into the mine on the “Grubenhunt” (a mine train), then drop even deeper into the mountain via wooden slides that were once used by the miners as well. A very special highlight is a raft ride across a subterranean salt lake.
Inside the mine is very chilly, so please don't forget warm clothing along with sturdy shoes!
Further information about this salt mine just outside Hallein can be found here.
Just a short walk from Hotel Kranzbichlhof, you will find the valley station for the Zinken Lifts. From here, you can reach the top of the Zinkenkogel either by chairlift or on foot via a hiking path. And in the same place where, in winter, the skiers slice back down to the valley, during the summer months it’s the Keltenblitz Alpine Slide that takes center stage.
At a length of 2.2 km, the Keltenblitz on the Dürrnberg outside Hallein is actually the longest Alpine slide in Salzburg and guarantees a fun ride for the whole family. At speeds up to 40 km/h, daredevils are able to zoom down the mountainside, through exhilarating banked curves and several steep passages – though needless to say, absolutely safe as can be.
In nice weather, the Zinken Lifts run during the preseason from the beginning of May until the end of June, Monday through Friday between 11 AM and 5 PM as well as Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:30 AM until 5 PM.
During peak season, which is from the end of June until the beginning of September, the chairlift and Alpine slide are open daily from 10 AM until 6 PM.
Late season, from the beginning of September until the beginning of October, opening times are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:30 AM until 5 PM.
The chairlift and Alpine slide only operate in good weather!
Prices for summer season can be found here.
The history of the Salzburg Festival extends back to the year 1920. It was in that year – under the direction of Max Reinhardt – that “Jedermann” by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal was first performed on Cathedral Square in Salzburg. In subsequent years, the Salzburg Festival established itself as one of the most important festivals worldwide for opera, theater and concerts.
Performances are not restricted to the Festival District in Salzburg City, such as the Grosses Festspielhaus, the Haus für Mozart, the Felsenreitschule and Cathedral Square, but also embrace outlying locations such as the Perner Insel in Hallein, not far from Hotel Kranzbichlhof. The Perner Insel is primarily a venue for experimental theatre and concerts. In recent years, the Mozarteum Foundation and Salzburg State Theatre have likewise hosted a growing number of Salzburg Festival performances.
The Celtic Village on the Dürrnberg is well worth a visit,
providing fascinating insights into the daily lives of miners who dug for “white
gold” over 2500 years ago.
The vast salt deposits here served as the foundation for the rise and immense wealth of Salzburg City.
Salt provided the finances which allowed the archbishops and architects to build Salzburg Cathedral as well as the church in Dürrnberg.
The mine on the Dürrnberg is a big attraction, also boasting a subterranean lake across which millions of visitors have sailed by raft.
Salina Celtic Village is within walking distance of the Kranzbichlhof and gives you with intriguing glimpses into the daily life and work of prehistoric miners.
At theMuseum of the Celts in Hallein - in one of the biggest museums for Celtic history – you are able to experience first-hand the ancient history of the Celts.