The Old Salt Works Bad Reichenhall
Probably the most beautiful salt works in the world
Valuable evaporated salt has been extracted here in Bad Reichenhall for centuries. Today, almost everything in the Old Salt Works is as it was back then: the imposing brick building in neo-Romanesque style with the Brunnhaus Chapel in the centre unmistakably characterises the townscape. The huge, impressive water wheels turn continuously and a widely ramified system of tunnels leads down into the mountain.
Experience the world of the history of salt
Only on a guided tour through the mysterious tunnel system will you really get to know the Old Salt Works and learn fascinating information about the "white gold". The tour begins in the machine hall with its gigantic water wheels inside the building and then goes down into the fascinating world underground.
Tunnel (also called an adit or a stulm) and historical salt springs
Impressive tunnel systems lead deep down into the mountain. Passing drive rods and bell cranks, you come to popular highlights of the tour: the historic salt cave, the Karl Theodor pump and the relief of Elector Karl Theodor. Via the main well shaft you go up to the salt and brand museum and the salt shop.
Your visit to the Old Saltworks Bad Reichenhall
The history of the Bad Reichenhall Old Salt Works dates back to the 7th century. In 696, the Bad Reichenhall brine pans (evaporation ponds) were mentioned in writing for the first time.
A natural, historic salt cave was discovered in 1795 during the construction of an experimental tunnel.
It is 280 square metres in size and five metres high and is now a real visitor highlight.
The water wheels of the Old Salt Works in Bad Reichenhall have been turning for over 170 years – without interruption.