Hallein is a town in the Austrian state of Salzburg. It is located at along the Salzach river in the shadow of Untersberg, near the border with Germany. It is the district capital of Tennengau.

Hallein is the second biggest town in the Salzburg province. One of the main reasons to visit is the Durnberg salt mines.


The mines (Salzbergwerk Hallein) are easily visited on a day trip from Salzburg. On guided tours, visitors walk downhill from the ticket office to the mine entrance, then board an electric mine train that takes you deep into the caverns. From here, you go on foot through galleries, changing levels by sliding down polished wooden slides before exiting the mine on the train that brought you in. An underground museum traces the history of salt mining back to ancient times.

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