Apr 20, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The next morning we made our way to the famous Salz Welten (salt mines) of Hallein. It was something my Grandmother's husband’s daughter, Marianne (figure that one out) suggested we do while in the area and so we thought it might be fun. We were given white pants and a white shirt to wear over our clothes (note, much fun wearing oversized pants over a poufy skirt…try it sometime) and we proceeded with the rest of our 10 person group looking like a bunch of odd scientists to embark on our great 75 minute adventure. The guide guided us (no kidding) to a wooden bench with wheels which she instructed us to sit on with legs on either side (let’s call this a straddle) and had us hold the person in front of us. This 'train’ took us deep, and very quickly I might add, into the cave’s belly. We learned about the backbreaking work the miners did while they worked the mines during from the Celtic Era for over 7000 years and the treaty between Austria and Bavaria. We watched cute little videos and tasted the brine water (80% salt). We slid down miner’s slides made of wood in pairs deeper into the tunnels of the cave. We took a boat ride across the underground salt lake and heard about the two dead bodies discovered in the cave (both started to disintegrate as soon as they were brought up into sun light). At the end of our guided tour we were each given a small salt shaker and given directions to the Celtic Village atop the plateau. It was an awesome start to what was going to be an altogether awesome day.