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  Bex Saltmine Train
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  • Bex Saltmine Train - Montreux
      Bex Saltmine Train
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  • Off we go! - Montreux
      Off we go!
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  • Inside the Bex Salt Mine - Montreux
      Inside the Bex Salt Mine
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      Walking inside the Bex Salt Mine
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  • Display inside the Bex Salt mine - Montreux
      Display inside the Bex Salt mine
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What did I expect?
To climb down a lot of steps into a Mine and then walk through and hear about the Mine and to see it.

Well, half is correct!

To our surprise, out came a tiny train, and we were told to hop in, as this was our transport into the Mine. The small train took us to the heart of the mine, which wasn't down the mountain, but up the Mountain.
Word of warning for TALL people, be careful or you will knock your head getting in and out of the carriage, I did! The carriages have uncomfortable plank seats, and this is where we sat, peering out through perspex window's into the dark, only the train light to see where we were heading.
We travelled for what seemed like for-ever, before stopping at a platform from where our tour began.

Our guide gave the tour in German and English, as this is what what nationality was in the small group.
First, she explained how it was found.
Legend is that a young shepherd noticed his Goats preferred drinking water from two particular springs. He tasted the water and found it salty. Boiling the water, he discovered salt crystals had formed.

We then proceeded following our guide through a few kilometers of the Mine. She took us back to the 17th century, when all was dug by hand, to what it is like today.
The circuit took about an hour or longer to complete, before we returned to the Train for our ride back to the Entrance.

It is quite safe, as they have a safety system in place to detect any odorless and dangerous gas capable of exploding at the slightest spark.

It is not advisable to go if your claustrophobic

Website: http://www.mines.ch/en/visits

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2011
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Comments (2)

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Looks quite interesting - I would be too claustrophobic for doing this though ;)

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      No good at all then as it was quite cramped in the carriage, and not much room either side in the tunnel.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    This is very interesting :-) How funny that the mine goes upwards - like you, I would have expected the opposite! And in fact when we visited the salt mines near Krakow we did just as you expected to do and went down a VERY LONG WAY in the lift - "A visit to a salt mine" - Wieliczka by toonsarah

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