Tour plan

The way through the Old Salt Works.

  1. water wheels
  2. tunneling system
  3. water wheel below ground
  4. rod linkage system
  5. salt grotto
  6. Karl-Theodor spring
  7. plaque
  8. salt museum
  9. salt shop and brand museum

1. water wheels

This powerful complex pumps the brine out of the spring and above the ground. The water wheels, which have a diameter of 13 meters and a weight of 15 tones each, operate 10 different suction and pressure pumps. They are so-called top-action water wheels, which means that water is admitted to the wheels from the top.

2. tunneling system

After a few stairs you will be in the fascinating world below ground.

3. water wheel below ground

The so called Karl Theodor wheel is a bottom-action water wheel, where the driving water is admitted underneath the blades. The Karl Theodor wheel uses the force of the fresh water leaving this channel and transmits it via a 103 m long rod linkage system with 6 angle guides to a brine pump.

4. rod linkage system

The rod system is made of wrought iron and larch wood. The pump has been in operation non-stop since 1796.

5. salt grotto

This grotto was created naturally. It used to be filled with rock salt and was gradually leached out as ground-water forced its way in. The grotto was discovered in 1790, when a gallery was tunnelled to the Karl Theodor spring.

6. Karl-Theodor spring

It has a daily output of 40 cbm water and used to have an extremely high salt content. This pump has to raise the spring continually by 6 m, as the brine would otherwise drain off into the groundwater.

7. plaque

This plaque is in memory of Elector Karl Theodor of Bavaria. He came from the Wittelsbach dynasty and did his land great service by developing the salt mines from 1791-1793.

8. salt museum

Our exhibition rooms show you the history of the saltworks and the development of boiling technology. You can move around freely.

9. salt shop and brand museum

The Bad Reichenhaller salt shop features an extensive selection of table- and gourmet salt, health products and wellness products, along with many attractive offers and delightful souvenirs. Right next door, in the modern brand museum, visitors have an opportunity to find out everything there is to know about salt, its production and the history of the brand Bad Reichenhaller.