From the hotel, we got to Hallstatt by 10:30am, made it up the cable car and ran the remainder and made it for the 11:00am tour. We opted to the 26 € ticket which is for the salt mine tour and the cable car ride up and down the mountain. You can do various combinations of this (just the salt mine, just the cable car).
Honestly, the salt mine was much more fun and interesting than I thought it would be. Yeah, I was sold on the slide initially, but I had no idea I'd enjoy it so much. The salt mine tour lasted an hour and a half for us from start to finish. With the tour, you watch a few videos which talk about how the salt mine came to be and how they process it. There are two slides here and they give you a jacket and pants to avoid any damage to your own clothing and these were the highlights for me. Make sure to do as instructed for maximum speed and enjoyment (for me at least since I liked going down fast). During the second slide, they take a picture of you and the speed you are at which was a nice souvenir for us. At the end of the tour, there is a video and display of the oldest staircase ever found which seemed like a bigger deal than it looks (at least to me). After that, you get to ride a train out which the girls ran to to ensure that we were seated at the front. This takes you back outside and you are done the tour.
|Slide #1 from the top.|
|Slide #2 from the bottom.|
|Donut with apricot jam.|
|Wiener with a bread roll (mustard and cheese on the side).|
The ice caves were neat to see, however I am not sure how I feel about them because I thought it would be more interesting. The tour lasted about 30 minutes long which I feel is pretty short. It starts with areas that don't have ice and as you go in, there is more and more until all you see is ice. At the beginning, there is a very big cavern, which I imagine what the the cave tour would be like (there is a cave tour here as well). You do get to take pictures here which is nice since you cannot do that at Eisriesenwelt. Pictures are limited to the points of interest which there are 14 of them. Have a look at the pictures and decide for yourself whether it is worth it or not.
|Dachstein Ice Cave.|
|Dachstein Ice Cave.|