THE SALTMINE The Salt Mine Berchtesgaden has been in uninterrupted operation since 1517. Salt deposits are proven to be up to 300 m below the valley floor in the area of the Salt Mine. Salt does not occur in a pure form, but rather, is encased in the “Haselgebirge”. This composite rock contains an average of 50% salt. It is released from the mountain with the aid of freshwater using a “wet mining” method. Salt mining from the Haselgebirge At five mining levels, 20 state of the art so called mud-flush drilling plants are in operation. Approx. 900,000 m³ of brine are extracted per annum. 2.000 m³ of freshwater are required for this each day. The Salt Mine employs approx. 100 employees. Half of these work underground.
MINE PLAN • The way through salt mine Berchtesgaden. • view from circular route • ride into the mountain • first slide • salt cathedral • stone salt grotto • salt laboratory • blind shaft • tunneling • airlift drilling equipment • magic salt room • second slide • mirror lake • reichenbach pump • elevator RESTAURANT REICHENBACH
Ambience and gastronomy at the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine. The „Reichenbach“ is located in the salt mine‘s former machinery building, which has been converted into an inn. The wonderful ambience and irresistible charm of this inn result from the fact that much of the original equipment from the machinery building has been kept.
The Gasthaus Reichenbach offers a fantastic range of dishes along with an extensive selection of drinks, coffees and pastries. Of course we take reservations for travel groups and private functions etc. irrespective of our opening times the whole year round. The restaurants provide a great opportunity to carry out a diverse range of private functions.
Overview of the benefits: The inn guarantees travel groups a problem-free and coordinated event (with pre-registration) Even on the day of arrival, travel groups can flexibly select what they would like to eat whilst they are still sitting on the bus and then put the order through to the restaurant up to 2 hours before the arrival.
Place reservation Event location for all types of events and celebrations Food and drink is free for tour guides and coach drivers with a reservation for more than 20 people. Information: Reservations made by you will be available 30 minutes before and up to 30 minutes after the time stated. We ask for understanding that, depending on the workload, there may be a slight wait. Menus for both areas are available by fax on request. Bergschänke only open some of the time.
New: mystical "light and sound" show & "rock-blasting" on the way out
Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience more than just another tourist attraction: mining and exporting the "white gold" was the focal point of regional economy, technological progress and international politics.