- HALLSTAT PART 4 -

Funicular to the Salt Mine

LINKS to pages in the Hallstatt site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Hallstatter See
2 : Hallstatt Churches
3 : Hallstatt Town
4 : Hallstatt Funicular
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From the Hallstatt website (with acknowledgment:
"Ride up on the Salt mine funicular, calm and safe taking only three minutes to reach the Hallstatt upper valley (838m high). The panoramic view of the UNESCO region of Dachstein over the Hallstatt Lake is spectacular in good weather and taking the Hallstatt Salt mine funicular makes a wonderful (memorable) outing, whether you want to hike, or walk in the Hallstatt upper valley or just to have and extensive view of the region."
"The funicular will take you to the start of the Brine Pipeline trail which is the oldest pipeline in the world. The upper valley is a good starting point for a hike along the world heritage pipeline trail, down memory lane along the salt route, beware of puddles and ditches.

"Until the early Middle Ages, salt was mined exclusively as rock salt. Then, solution mining took over. Its principle is simple: fresh water is introduced into the saliferous mountain, the water will dissolve the salt while the non-soluble parts will sink to the ground of the leaching chamber. The saturated brine, i.e., the water containing about 26% of salt, is then conveyed out of the mountain."

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"Originally, the brine was scooped from the leaching chamber with buckets by the aid of a winch. Later, an outlet box was used to control the flow of the brine to the gallery level underneath. Nowadays, the brine is pumped upwards. Until 1964, further processing took place in Hallstatt's own brine coppers, since then the brine has been worked in the modern salt plant at Ebensee."

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More from the Hallstatt website:
"7,000 years of salt mining in Hallstatt. The "Man in Salt" accompanies the visitors on their journey through time at the Salzwelten Hallstatt.

"Since 2002, the "Man in Salt" is the central theme of the re-designed Salzwelten mines. In 1734, a corpse preserved in salt was discovered in a salt deposit, a contemporary chronicle describing it as 'pressed flat and tightly grown into the rock. Clothing and tools were quite strange but well preserved.'"



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And for the more adventurous the following takes place within the mine !:
"Some 64 metres of sliding fun on Europe's longest wooden slide are a major attraction at the Salzwelten Hallstatt. We do not only take a photograph of our visitors during the ride, we also measure their speed by Radar. At the end of the guided tour, you may acquire your personal souvenir photo. And for those who don't want to ride down the shoot there's a comfortable staircase nearby. There are two slides at the Salzwelten Hallstatt just like the ones the miners used for moving from one level of galleries to the one beneath."
(Picture above left with acknowledgement to the Hallstatt website.)

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We descend from the the top of the funicular to Hallstatt town and Hallstatter See (right).

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Following our visit to Hallstatt we make our way back to Weyrigg along the west bank of the Hallstatter See (left).



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