Swiss salt mines
13th August 2009
Did you know there are salt mines in Switzerland? We didn’t at PlanetSKI until we saw a sign saying, Les mInes de Sel, and decided to follow it. See pictures from deep under the Alps.
Salt mining started in Bex, in the Canton of Vaud, in the 15th century and the mine is still operational today producing up to 150 tons of salt per day.
It’s the only working mine in Switzerland.
There are over 50km of tunnels and the mining began in 1684.
The journey round begins with a ride on a narrow gauge train that takes you deep into the mine and then continues with about an hour walking round the caverns.
The salt itself was left when the ocean that used to cover the area evaporated as the climate warmed up. Time takes on a different take as you wander through the caverns learning how the salt was formed and how the miners extracted it over the centuries.
It is a fascinating trip and one of the more unsual tourist attractions in Switzerland.