What to do and see in Hallein, Austria: The Best Places and Tips

February 5, 2018 Leonardo Torrence

Hallein in Austria, from Europe region, is best know for Mines. Discover best things to do in Hallein with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Hallein

1. Salt Mine Hallein

Ramsaustrasse 3, Hallein 5422, Austria +43 6132 2008511
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4.5 based on 835 reviews

Salt Mine Hallein

In Hallein, the oldest mine in the world open to visitors, everyone from the age of four up can take part in a treasure hunt – and follow the mysterious, ancient miners’ tunnels for many kilometres into the mystical mountain. The perfect day trip for families, groups or school classes.

Reviewed By leicalover - Singapore, Singapore

An interesting tour that gives an overview of the history of salt mines in the region. The tour includes a train ride (of sorts!), boat ride, and slides, that takes the group some 300m into the old mines. In the mines, one would “cross”into German borders and back to Austria. Should be a fun & educational tour for kids.

2. Keltenblitz Sommerrodelbahn

Weissenwaeschweg 19, Bad Durrnberg, Hallein 5422, Austria +43 6245 85105
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Keltenblitz Sommerrodelbahn

The Panorama of the Zinkenkogel is impressive - nowhere else you have such a beautiful view of the city of Salzburg, Untersberg, Dachstein and Co. Summer: The Keltenblitz with its 2.2 km of fun and excitement is Salzburg's longest and probably most spectacular toboggan run - a great destination for the whole family! Whether you are taking a leisurely ride up the mountain with the double chairlift or a hike from the parking lot of the Zinkenlifte with your loved ones past old tunnels, rejuvenation points and marvelous views - no matter – atop the Zinken a magnificent view over the Salzachtal with the old town of Hallein awaits you. Winter: The Zinkenlifte Hallein / Bad Dürrnberg present themselves in winter as a small ski area with a large offer for families away from ski masses - small but nice. Even children and snow lovers will get their money's worth! In the Zinki children ski area, the little ones can practice their first swings or let off steam while snowtubing.

Reviewed By RobertWestbury

We visited after going to The Eagles Nest as it's only about 15 minutes drive.
We bought a two ride family ticket using our Tennengau cards for a reasonable €45.
For an unclear reason we had to wait along with everyone else about 30 minutes before we were allowed onto the cable car (it was running but with no-one on it). Once we were on it took a good 10 minutes to get to the top. The lift is a traditional two seat chair lift so be prepared to wrap up if it's chilly.....
Once at the top you have to go on a slightly random walk up the hill then through the bar /cafe and then down several flights of stairs before getting to the start.
The equipment was in good order and the chap helping at the top friendly enough.
The first ride down was exhilarating and much faster and steeper than the one in Abtenau. It was great fun.
The second ride was completely ruined by an individual 6 cars in front who was 'Very scared' and literally stopped every 50 meters. As a quick guide (and I do hope she reads this....) if you are scared of roller coasters, steep drops or going fast then going on the longest and steepest mountain roller coaster in the region is not a good way for you to spend your afternoon. It is a great way to ruin the afternoon of the 15 people who will end up stuck behind you though......!!
Whilst it was not the venues fault at all, they could have taken a different approach when a large group complained (15 unhappy customers at nearly the end of the day with no-one queuing to go up) only to be told "It was not their fault and there was nothing they could do" (before closing the booth window and walking away!).
You may argue that dropping a rating due to a slow rider is unfair (not the establishments fault) but they could have resolved it at no cost and made 10 people very happy as opposed to leaving frustrated.
I'd go again but just look out for nervous people and get in front or have a pint (or in the case of the absolute wimp today, four or five pints) at the cafe at the top to give them time to get to the bottom of the ride and not ruin yours!

3. Almbachklamm

Marktschellenberg, Marktschellenberg, Bavaria, Germany
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Almbachklamm

Reviewed By Winter F

Excellent place for hiking! Take swim shorts with you as well, because in the summer time people are in the water there! You need a good fitness to hike through this area for a while. Most people will only hike the beginning part and then turn around once they get to the forked trails. If you take the trail that is in the middle and goes up hill...(I did this) Wow! What a workout. My legs were shaking half way through. It was a challenging hike because it was all upward steps. Once you get to the top...go to the beer garden and enjoy a beer and take in the views!

4. Zoo Salzburg

Hellbrunner Strasse 60, Anif 5081, Austria +43 662 8201760
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4.5 based on 406 reviews

Zoo Salzburg

Around 1200 animals and 140 species roam freely in the beautiful natural surroundings of this 34 -acre zoo enclosure, including white rhinos, jaguars and free-flying vultures. Visitors can gain a unique insight into the diversity of animal life in Eurasia, South America und Africa.

Reviewed By Flowmac1 - Norwich, United Kingdom

We visited the Zoo on Christmas day and were disappointed to find that a large number of animals were not on view. The Zoo does not include many indoor enclosures so it is not possible to see many of the animals in their winter quarters. The layout of the Zoo against the backdrop of a sheer cliff face is fantastic and I am sure that a visit in the spring and summer would be most rewarding.
There are good learning facilities for children and the café was not only well stocked but actually open even on Christmas day.

5. National Park center

Hanielstrasse 7 | At the beginning of the Hirschbichltales, 83486 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 979060
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5 based on 372 reviews

National Park center

Germany's only Alpine National Park Lofty, wild and majestic, "King" Watzmann (2713m) reigns over the Berchtesgadener Land as he surveys his kingdom: Berchtesgaden National Park. High Mountains, deep Valleys and crystal-clear alpine streams define this protected area bordering Austria. "Allow nature to remain in its natural state" is the motto of Germany’s only Alpine National Park. Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the southeast of Germany, in Bavaria and adjoining the Austrian Salzburg region. Founded in 1978, the park includes an area of 210 square kilometres and is owned by the federal state of Bavaria. In addition, the park is the core and buffer zone of the biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land.

Reviewed By Venus F - Munich

Jennerbahn has so much to offer. We came back twice in three days! And it has become the highlight of our trip in Berchtesgaden.
Cable car with ever changing views overcame my fear of heights. The slow ride up to the top could be intimidating for someone afraid of heights like me. But the changing view at different height provided a timely distraction. And the slow pace made it perfect to snap plenty of photos.
Panoramic, magnificent views at the top. The Watzmann along with the surrounding alps was just breathtaking. Plenty to walk around at the top station with a short walk up to the peak Jenner. Route #12: Gipfelweg that offers a view down to the Königssee. Do heed the road condition. There's some frost when we walked up and it's slippery at some area of the route. It's the end of October.
Hiking galore! Many hiking routes for different fitness levels. And plenty of routes starting from the middle station. We rode the cable car to the top station and took route#3 Mitterkaserweg. It's indeed a beautiful descent from the top station, rather steep at times. But one is rewarded with great views along the route, including the starting point for the parasailing. Have a cup of hot Hugo at the Mitterkaseralm and take in the other side of the Alpine views. The route is straightforward and there are signs for directions too.
I can't wait for my next visit to Jennerbahn! More hiking route to explore!

6. Gollinger Wasserfall

Wasserfallstrasse, Golling an der Salzach, Austria
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Gollinger Wasserfall

Reviewed By eilonglen - Ashkelon, Israel

Our first major stop on our way from Vienna Airport to Salzburg, was to the tiny hamlet of Golling, conveniently situated just off the highway, and famous for its prominent Waterfalls. After a week of continuous rains, we expected to view a fair quantity flowing down the steep and narrow Salzach River, but were blown away by the massively powerful volume of this furiously impressive waterfall, consisting of an upper and a lower cascade descending the sheer cliff-side. For the hike-challenged, one really need not proceed to the upper cascade, as the lower one is more than sufficiently impressive...
A brief and easy hike from the attractive entry-way, guarded by an affable and helpful local who took a nominal entry-fee from us, this short climb was well-worth the trouble of tracing the site through the streets of the village and up the mountain-side. The trail is safe and protected by a guard-rail most of the way, making it user-friendly for most age-groups, but be sure to carry a brolly or a rain-jacket against the powerful spray, and sturdy footwear is well-recommended. On your way out, spotless toilets and an attractive gift shop, also offering light snacks, provide added value. Lovely first glimpse of the Salzkammergut...

7. Toboggan Slide

Zinkenlifte, Bad Durrnberg, Hallein, Austria +43 6245 85105
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Toboggan Slide

Reviewed By CalTiskilwa - Tiskilwa, Illinois

You can really "sail" down the mountain. Take the lift to the top, walk through the restaurant, present your ticket, get buckled on the car and away you go. If the person ahead of you goes slow your ride will need to be slow unless you leave a few minutes before you start.

8. Haus der Berge

Hanielstr. 7, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 979060
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5 based on 109 reviews

Haus der Berge

Reviewed By Rebecca B - Nottingham, United Kingdom

We'd visited Berchtesgaden on several occasions in summer and never quiet made time for Haus der Berge. However, when we visted for two snowy weeks in January, it seemed like the perfect way to spend a very snowy Sunday afternoon.
We didn't expect much - although the building is interesting from the outside, it looks like it might be more style than substance. However, this simply isn't true. It's a brilliant museum. The main exhibition is an introduction to the geography of the Alps - from flora and fauna, to geology, weather, ecosystems and human impact. They even manage to use the stuffed animals to very good effect - spotting small birds in the wooden trees and coming face to face with otters, deer and others was both fun and educational. We learnt a lot and found we didn't want to skip anything. Just as you start to feel you might have seen enough stuffed animals and read enough information boards, you find yourself in the caves and mountain walk part of the experience - a wooden mountain structure allows you to explore dark 'cave' areas with a torch to find out about the wildlife and geology of alpine caves, then you can climb up several levels to find out more about plants and animals at altitude.
It is highly recommended that you watch the film in the last section of the exhibition - a stunning film of local weather, wildlife and scenery, with a surprise midway through that really puts the museum in its context. Brilliant.
There are also some interesting exhibits outside of the main exhibition - about the people of the area, local walking trails etc. and a temporary exhibition space which had a photography display when we visited. We loved the 3D map of the local area, with buttons to light up walking trails, mountain huts etc.
And the cafe is also highly recommended. Speiseberger's has been in Berchtesgaden for many years and has a justifiably good reputation. Also worth bearing in mind that the cafe can be visited without buying tickets for the museum!
We would highly recommend the whole experience. But leave plenty of time - at least 3 hours, including coffee and cake!

9. Kath. Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus

Salzburger Str. 24, 83487 Marktschellenberg, Bavaria, Germany +49 8650 221
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4 based on 4 reviews

Kath. Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus

Reviewed By 弥太郎さま - 東京都

ザルツブルグからドイツ・アルペン・シュトラーセを走破する行程でドイツに入り、最初の町にあった教会。その目的でなければ通り過ぎてしまう教会で、かつ、信者でもないので立ち寄る必要もないが、最初の町ということで道標代わりに。

10. Keltendorf

Ramsaustrasse 3, Bad Durrnberg, Hallein 5422, Austria +43 6232 2008511
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4 based on 21 reviews

Keltendorf

Reviewed By Nicky H - Heidelberg, Germany

Interesting recreated buildings in the salt industry. Allow a few minutes after the salt mine tour. Not many buses on weekends so don't get stranded!

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