Travels

Salt Mines: Berchtesgaden & Hallein

Giant slide tour was 70mins. £12 Costumes and a miner's train ride to an underground salt lake. There follows a light and sound show depicting the history of the mine which is believed to have been mined by the Ancient Celts since 400BC.

Berchtesgaden - Bus: Line 840 bus from Salzburg Justizgebäude to Berchtesgaden £6 rtn, 32mins hourly Hallein – Train from Salzburg Hbf to Hallein £8 rtn, 20mins, every 30mins

Berchtesgaden

picturesque and historic town (population 9,000) located in the southeast of the German state of Bavaria, within a small enclave surrounded on three sides by the Austrian border. located in a valley at 500 to 1100 m altitude. pretty cafés, craft & gift shops, and a Sun Promenade with lovely views out over the surrounding mountains.

Travel: Line 840 bus from Salzburg Justizgebäude to Berchtesgaden £6 rtn, 32mins hourly

Werfen: Ice Caves Tour

Duration: 5 hours
Entry: £14
No photography is allowed

Largest Ice Caves in the world. Sheer mountain passes and Castle Werfen. Labyrinthine caverns. This is not an activity for the unfit. Freezing temps, slippery trekking. Stretchs 42km but only the first km features the sculptures and figures. There is a steep cable car which takes the visitors up to the Caves. You reach the ticket office (either by bus from the lower parking lot or by driving yourself 5 km up a narrow, winding - but good - road), you have to walk up a relatively steep, but good, uphill path for 15-20 minutes to the cable car which is 3-mins long, you must walk another similar 15-20 minutes uphill path to the entrance of the caves. Then you join the 1h guided tour. This is the most difficult part for two main reasons:
(1) You have to go up 700 stairs during the tour, albeit with short rest stops along the way
(2) You have to go at the pace of the group

Train from Salzburg Hbf to Werfen:£16 rtn, 43mins, every 30mins. A local bus system (see below) operates a direct shuttle service from here to the Eisriesenwelt parking area / visitor’s center each day at 8:18 a.m., 10:18 a.m., 12:18 p.m. and 2:18 p.m.

Werfen: Castle

ENTRY: £11.51 inc Funicular
OPEN: October 9.30 – 4pm
ADDRESS: Hohenwerfen Castle, Burgstraße 2, 5450 Werfen

Above Werfen town in the Salzach valley surrounded by Berchtesgaden Alps and Tennengebirge mountain range. 11th century.

Train from Salzburg Hbf to Werfen £16 rtn 48mins, every 30mins Path leads directly from the train st up to the fortress 30mins, 1.3miles

Castle to Liechtensteinklamm

From the castle walk to the train st 30mins 1.3miles from Werfen st to St.Johann im Pongau Bahnhof £4 single 16mins every 30mins. Then Line 540 bus from St.Johann im Pongau Bahnhof to St.Johann im Pongau £1 single 5mins every hour. Then walk 30mins 1.3miles to the george.

Liechtensteinklamm

Open: October 1 to 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get there early or late in the afternoon, trail requires about 1-1.5 hours of easy hike in total. Brilliant views troughout, with some stunning waterfalls. Restaurants at the entrance, food was excellent.

Train from Salzburg Hbf to St.Johann im Pongau Bahnhof 51mins duraction, hourly trains 1 way £11 . Then Line 540 bus duration 5mins, hourly bus from St.Johann station im Pongau Bahnhof to St.Johann im Pongau 1 way £1 to the Plankenau Wirt Hotel. Walk from St.Johann im Pongau to Liechtensteinklamm the entrance of the gorge in 30min 1.3miles along the “Klammweg” (Gorge path). http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Salzburg/Neuschwanstein-Castle