Salt Mine Berchtesgaden, actually, Salt mining in the area began as far back as the 1100s. With mentions of such industry found among historical documents from the time. However, the mine that exists today was not created until the 1500s. Becoming a full-fledged state operation by the mid-1800s. While the mine was in operation, only special guests were allowed down into the depths. But as the mine’s operation has slowed over the year, the gates to the mine were slowly opened more and more.
By the modern day, the Salt Mine Berchtesgaden is a full-fledged attraction. Open to all comers. The town is immensely proud of their “white gold” heritage and it shows in the enthusiastic displays. When visitors arrive at the mine, they are given mining coveralls before boarding a tiny train that takes them into the depths. Once underground, there are a number of old pieces of large mining apparatus on display. Still holding much of their sheen. However, if all of this bland mining history looks about to bore anyone. There are two wooden slides that amateur spelunkers can straddle that will slide them down to the lower levels.
Salt mining can be a grueling business, but the Berchtesgaden mine may be the only place in the world where that work can be a bit dancey too.